Adult and Family Programs

For a full list of programs, please visit the Calendar

Adult Programs

Opening of This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal
September 29, 2017 – January 21, 2018
A joint exhibition with The Morgan Library & Museum, New York and the Concord Museum, the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential authors and thinkers. Click here for more information.

This Ever New Self Gallery Talk
Thursday, October 5, 2017,  2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Join David Wood, Concord Museum Curator and author of An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum for an exploration of the landmark exhibition This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal presented jointly with the Morgan Library and Museum. Free with museum admission, Members free.

Wright Tavern Open House
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Museum’s partnership with the historic Wright Tavern in the center of Concord. The first floor of this National Historic Landmark will be open to the public.
Learn about the role the building played in the events of the Revolution, from the election of John Hancock as president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, to visits from the King’s army during the battles of Concord and Lexington.  Free.

BE THOREAU: Thinker - A Visit from Henry David Thoreau
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00
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 audience, followed by Professor Radaker responding to questions as himself.
This event is taking place at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742.
General admission for Adults is $10, Students $5. Click here to purchase tickets.

BE THOREAU: Worker - Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, and editor James Coleman, known as Huey, of Films By Huey Productions for a screening of Surveyor of the Soul and post-screening discussion of Thoreau as “worker.”
Museum members $5; Non-members $10. Reservations available online or call 978-369-9763 ext. 216.
This event will take place at 51 Walden.

BE THOREAU - This Ever New Self Symposium
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the Concord Museum/Morgan Library and Museum exhibition This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal, the Concord Museum presents a day-long symposium at the Fenn School in Concord, bringing together eight scholars to discuss what they discovered in Thoreau’s Journal, and what Thoreau’s writings mean for us today.
Non-members $20; Concord Museum members, students, and teachers $15. Click here to register.
The Be Thoreau Symposium is sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Lead Sponsor of This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal.

Family Programs

BE THOREAU: Reader - All Aboard to Fitchburg!
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11AM - 4PM
Concord families will meet at the Train Depot at 11:00 a.m. to leave at 11:25 a.m.
In honor of author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s bicentennial, and to inspire the reader and explorer in all of us, the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Museum, the Mass Center for the Book, and the Fitchburg Library are planning a special literary train ride to Fitchburg. On the 45-minute trip, kids and adults will read about Henry David Thoreau’s hike to Fitchburg, make crafts, and participate in hands-on activities.
Advance registrations are required.  Visit the Concord Library event calendar to register, and for the complete schedule.

Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Get your ticket here.

Hands on History: Archaeology
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Bring your family and get hands-on with history in this program focusing on Native American artifacts. Dig into Concord’s past with a simulated archaeological test pit. Included free with Museum admission. Members free.

Henry Bear Playdate
Tuesday, October 10, 2017,  10:30-11:30 a.m.
D.B. Johnson’s Henry Bear goes on some fantastic adventures! Spend your morning with the Concord Museum and hear the story of how Henry built a cabin, climbed a mountain, and hiked to Fitchburg. See the real objects Henry David Thoreau owned, then make a craft to take home.
No advance registration necessary. Children $5, one Adult free per child; Members free.

Collection Spotlight: Archaeology
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Collection Spotlight shares the histories and stories of the objects at the Concord Museum. On October 21, drop in to learn more about the museum’s collection of over 17,000 stone tools used by Native Americans in the region thousands of years ago. Observe, touch, and sketch real stone tools.
Ongoing from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Included with Museum admission; Members free.

Sleepy Hollow-een Tour
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Join us for this special Halloween event! Take a tour through historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with a Concord Museum guide. Learn about the lives and deaths of past Concordians through stories passed down through the generations.
Members: $5 per person; Non-Members: $10 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets.