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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As part of the Museum's Campus Master Plan, on October 9th the Museum galleries will temporarly close for 7 - 9 months while Museum renovations are underway.

Renovations include installing new mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems in the original 1930 building.

The new, energy-efficient systems are urgently needed to allow for future upgrades to the Museum's exhibition spaces, and to ensure the long-term preservation of the Museum's invaluable permanent collection of historical artifacts.
A visitor services area will be built to enhance the visitor experience and provide a gateway for exploring Concord.

Curator David Wood explained, “It’s important for people to know that while the Museum galleries are closed for renovation, the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center will have on view Highlights of the Concord Museum, which includes over 100 historical artifacts from the Concord Museum collection including Paul Revere’s lantern and Henry David Thoreau’s desk.”

Throughout the fall, the Museum will continue to host walking tours, lectures and special events at the historic Wright Tavern and the Education Center.

The Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections in the country, and 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.

Come visit the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history.

 


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Rasmussen Education Center
Grand Opening Celebration

Ribbon Cutting: Friday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m.

FREE Open House Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

More event details here.

NEWS & EVENTS

Autumn Night at Wright Tavern with John Holl. This may be the best time in the history of humankind to be a beer drinker. America now has more breweries than at any time since prohibition, and globally, beer culture is thriving and constantly innovating. Join John Holl, award winning journalist and author of Drink Beer, Think Beer:... MORE

Grand Opening of the Rasmussen Education Center. The Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center, followed by an Open House and self-guided tour of the new facility. FREE More opening weekend celebration information can be found here. On View: HIGHLIGHTS of the CONCORD MUSEUM which includes o... MORE

Grand Opening Weekend of the Rasmussen Education Center. Our Open House continues all weekend with FREE crafts, musical performances, activities for all ages, and visits with living history interpreters! FREE On View: HIGHLIGHTS of the CONCORD MUSEUM which includes over 100 historical artifacts from the Concord Museum collection including... MORE

Grand Opening Weekend of the Rasmussen Education Center. Our Open House continues all weekend with FREE crafts, musical performances, activities for all ages, and visits with living history interpreters! FREE On View: HIGHLIGHTS of the CONCORD MUSEUM which includes over 100 historical artifacts from the Concord Museum collection inclu... MORE

Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement With Barbara Berenson. Barbara Berenson, author of  Massachusetts in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, gives local suffragists the attention they deserve and discusses the battle over historical memory that long obscured the state’s leading role. Massachusetts was at the center of the national s... MORE

6th Sally Lanagan Lecture. Glenn Adamson will speak to the themes of his new book, Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects, an accessible exploration of the objects that lie around us. In recent years, with the advent of the digital age, there is a risk that we are quite literally losing touch with the... MORE

Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World. Join award-winning historian George C. Daughan for a special Veterans Day forum as he discusses his newest book, Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World, with Concord Museum Executive Director Tom Putnam. Kirkus Reviews states “This is hardly a new story, but Daug... MORE

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature Opens. 2018 marks the 23rd year of the Concord Museum’s award-winning Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature, organized by the Guild of Volunteers with Patty Flint and Pam Nelson as co-chairs. This fall, the Museum will be celebrating the opening of a new Education... MORE

The Fête. Join friends of the Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at our annual event celebrating the opening of Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature. Save the date for Friday, November 30, 2018, and join the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers Fête chairs Leah but... MORE

Holiday House Tour 2018. On the 8th Annual Holiday House Tour, enjoy touring seven of Concord's most beautiful private homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. Programs for the Tour can be picked up at Wright Tavern (2 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742) begi... MORE

Morning with Santa. Don’t miss Santa’s stop at the Concord Museum. Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as a number of engaging seasonal crafts and activities. Organized by the Guild of  Volunteers, this event has a long tradition with Concord Museum families. Some wh... MORE

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