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.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

Celebrating the Bicentennial of
Henry David Thoreau's birth.
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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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Support and learn more about our transformative expansion and renovation project.

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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BE THOREAU: Thinker. A Dramatic Performance by Kevin Radaker. Encounter Henry David Thoreau, America’s mid-nineteenth-century apostle of the wilderness, social critic, and political dissenter, on the eve of the Civil War. After his dramatic monologue, “Thoreau” will answer questions from the... MORE

BE THOREAU: Worker - Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul. From award-winning filmmaker Huey comes a portrait of author Henry David Thoreau and how his work has impacted generations of thinkers, activists, and environmentalists. Surveyor of the Soul maps out Thoreau's influence on the American landscape of thought set in the backdrop of the plac... MORE

BE THOREAU - This Ever New Self Symposium. "Many an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray, i.e. we are not looking for it. So, in the largest sense, we find only the world we look for." Journal 2 July 1857   In conju... MORE

Construction Begins at the Concord Museum. The Concord Museum will remain open throughout the construction of its New Education Center, which will be completed in July 2018. PARKING: Throughout construction, FREE parking is available in the Museum's parking lot, as well as along Cambridge Turnpike and Lexington Road. Handicap ... MORE