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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Free Fun Friday. Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, the Concord Museum will be FREE for all on June 29, as part of Free Fun Fridays. Discover treasures of Concord’s revolutionary and literary history, get your last chance to see Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothing in a New ... MORE

July 4th Activities at the Concord Museum. Prepare for your Fourth of July festivities at the Concord Museum! The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy our special 4th of July programs, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., to learn about the meaning of patriotism for early Americans and those that fought in the first battle ... MORE

Summer Night at Wright Tavern. Join us for a talk on the history of beer, brewing, and taverns from material culture historian and Curatorial Scholar at the Peabody Essex Museum, George Schwartz. Then join in on a beer tasting hosted by BareWolf Brewing of Amesbury, MA. BareWolf is a family beer business run by Concord ... MORE

William Brewster and the Concord Landscape, with Jayne Gordon. Ornithologist William Brewster, founder of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, used Concord as his field station. His October Farm property on Ball’s Hill between the Concord River and Monument Street was the epicenter for his research. Today, through the efforts of the town’s D... MORE

In Her Own Words: Mary Merrick Brooks and Strategies of Reform, with Sandra Harbert Pertrulionis. In the decades leading to the Civil War, Concord's most committed antislavery zealot was not one of the town's famous authors but a person you've probably never heard of. Yet from the early 1830s until her death in 1868, Mary Merrick Brooks was at the center of the radical abolitionist eff... MORE

Ellen Garrison: Educator, Social Justice Advocate, Daughter of Concord - with Maria Madison and Kerri Greenidge. Ellen Garrison was born in the Robbins House in 1823. After her inspiring and challenging youth in Concord, Massachusetts, she moved to Boston, where she became a teacher and joined the city’s social justice community. She attended events and assisted with fundraisers for abolitionis... MORE

Thomas J. Putnam Named Executive Director Concord Museum.  CONCORD – May 7, 2018  The Concord Museum Board of Governors has named Thomas J. Putnam the Museum’s new Edward W. Kane Executive Director.  Putnam will begin his position on June 4, 2018, which follows Margaret R. Burke’s recent retirement after seven years o... MORE