Current Special Exhibitions

Walden: Four Views | Abelardo Morell

On exhibit February 10, 2017 through August 20, 2017

Guided and inspired by Thoreau’s journals and his seminal work Walden, Abelardo Morell has made new panoramic photographic works that suggest fresh new angles from which to look at Walden Pond.

See more about Abe Morell’s camera obscura technique in this video featured on CBS Sunday Morning, January 20, 2017.

More exhibition information here.

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The Anatomy of a Desk: Writing with Thoreau and Emerson

Opening February 10, 2017

Image: Emerson Writing Arm Windsor, by Eric Roth

A new exhibition at the Concord Museum, opening to the public February 10, 2017, brings focus to two iconic desks that played a major role in America’s literary tradition.

The first, a Windsor writing-arm chair, was the desk at which Ralph Waldo Emerson penned his first book, Nature.  The second, the humble green desk of Henry David Thoreau, became no less a literary star as it accompanied Thoreau from the schoolroom where he taught with his brother to the pond where he drafted his most influential work, Walden.
These two desks from the Concord Museum collection are exhibited side by side in the gallery. 
Learn more about this exhibition here.