A Gateway to Concord’s History

From the first shots in the battle for
American Independence to the legacy of
Emerson and Thoreau—when visiting Concord, start at the Concord Museum.
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Explore Renowned Collections

One of the oldest collections of Americana
in the country, including the largest collection of Thoreau-related objects in the world. Learn more.

Learn through Objects

Bringing history into the lives of learners
of all ages—the Concord Museum connects
real artifacts with people, places, and ideas. 
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 The Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections in the country. Come visit the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history.

The Concord Museum is the one place where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through an inspiring collection of historical, literary, and decorative arts treasures. Take in the quiet eloquence of our Exploring Concord film, enjoy the historic beauty of our period rooms, and create your own memories with our family-friendly hands-on activities.   


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Clothing & Shoe Drive - thru July 8. From March 1 through July 8, during Museum open hours, bring by new or clean and gently used clothing to donate to The Wish Project based in Lowell and Catie’s Closet for the run of Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothing in a New England Town. The Wish Project is a critical resource for ... MORE

Fresh Goods Lecture Series - The Indigenous Look. The Indigenous Look: attire in 18th century Massachusetts As part of our Fresh Goods exhibition lecture series, Aquinnah Wampanoag artist and designer Elizabeth James-Perry will discuss the 1700s in terms of Indigenous Massachusetts attire and jewelry. While preferences often conti... MORE

Hands on History with the Concord Independent Battery. An afternoon for kids and families to learn together through hands-on demonstrations, activities, and crafts. This month, join us at the Concord Independent Battery at the corner of Heywood Meadow for an exploration of the Gun House and the ceremonial cannon they care for. Ongoing f... MORE

Fresh Goods Lecture Series: Transgressing the Color Line. Transgressing the Color Line: Depictions of Free Blacks in the Popular Press As part of the Fresh Goods Lecture Series, join writer and historian Jonathan Michael Square as he analyzes images of free Africans Americans in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston that appeared in the popu... MORE

Decades of Fashion Cocktail Party. Dress in your favorite decade and enjoy a fashion-centric evening at the Concord Museum, complete with cocktails and treats inspired by the history of fashion in New England! Visit our current exhibition, Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothing in a New England Town, and view clothing and ac... MORE

Hidden Treasures: Wright Tavern Open House. Built in 1747, Wright Tavern secured its place in American history in 1774 and 1775 when the First Massachusetts Provincial Congress used it as a convening space. Then on April 19, 1775, it was used as a meeting place for the local colonial militia, and later that same day it was taken ove... MORE

Fresh Goods Lecture Series: Shift, Stays, and Pannier. Shift, Stays, and Pannier As part of the Fresh Goods lecture series,  join historians and living history interpreters Linda Greene and Michele Gabrielson for an in-depth look at how women got dressed every day in the 1700s. They will explore the “ins” and “outs&rd... MORE

Family Lego Build. A perfect event for the lego-maniac(s) in your life! On Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. visit Wright Tavern in Concord Center to meet Cody Wells, "The Lego Man" and take part in a C3Brix Custom Open Build. Cody will bring hundreds of thousands of bricks... MORE