Teachers, Students, and School Visits

The Concord Museum welcomes teachers and students of all ages!

The Museum’s collections span Native American, Colonial and 19th-century life and serve as a visual classroom. Teachers may select a focused in-the-Museum program of two to three hours in length or an hour-long Museum tour. The Museum can also bring a similar experience right to your classroom!

Highlights include:

  • Native American stone tools from 4,000–7,000 years ago

  • Revolutionary War artifacts including the famous 1775 Paul Revere lantern

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study and Henry David Thoreau’s bed, desk, and chair from Walden Pond

  • Period rooms rich with furnishings that offer a glimpse into three centuries of home life in Concord

  • And so much more!

To learn more or book a field trip, please contact us at (978) 369-9763, ext. 214 or schoolprograms@concordmuseum.org.

Are you an afterschool or youth organization? We’d love to have you visit, too!

School Programs and Outreach to the Classroom

Explore the world of Henry David Thoreau, cook over an open hearth, analyze artifacts and documents as primary sources, solve dilemmas as 18th-century citizens, and work with tin in the roles of apprentice whitesmiths—these are just a few of the activities students engage in on field trips to the Concord Museum. See what we offer for all ages! View our full program listings.

Revolutionary Traveling Trunk

Have the Revolution travel to you! Borrow a trunk filled with reproduction primary source artifacts and documents that travel to your classroom to make your Revolutionary unit come alive. Along with touchable objects, the trunk includes directions to set up stations in your classroom and worksheets for students to use. This trunk allows the richness of the Concord Museum’s collection to come to your classroom as you study the events surrounding April 19, 1775. Pick up at the Museum or shipping available.
Download booking sheet
Traveling Trunk Guidelines
Traveling Trunk Teacher Manual

Middle and High School Tours

For older students studying Concord history, the Revolution, or the authors Emerson and Thoreau, the Museum offers guided tours tailored to your needs and interests. Designed primarily for history and literature classes, all tours include hands-on, critical thinking components and can serve as an in-depth study or a first introduction. Tours last 1–1 ½ hours and cost $7 per student. Learn more.

Teacher Resources

The Collection

    The Concord Museum has over 35,000 objects in our collections, spanning 10,000 years. Learn more.

Online Exhibition Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change

    Visit this online exhibition bringing science and history together to learn about Henry David Thoreau’s impact on climate change science today. Visit here. Lesson plans.

The Henry David Thoreau Collection

    Visit our searchable database of the Museum’s Thoreau collection – the world’s largest collection of objects related to Henry David Thoreau including the bed, desk, and chair from Walden Pond. Explore the collection.

Students from Concord Academy, taking a Digital History course, worked with staff at the Concord Museum to develop interactive projects inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal. Explore the projects here

Teacher Workshops

    The Museum partners with other local institutions and schools to participate in grant-funded teacher workshops which provide a forum for sharing ideas, techniques, and scholarship that enrich both the teaching and museum professional. Contact us at (978) 369-9763, ext. 214 or schoolprograms@concordmuseum.org.

Massachusetts Teachers Association Members

    Active members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), with a valid MTA membership card, receive free regular admission to the Concord Museum.

Special Exhibition Opportunities

    Special exhibitions provide the opportunity to develop new curricula, online teacher resources, and educational collaborations. See our list of upcoming exhibitions.

Book Recommendations

    Looking for more on Concord’s history?  Here are few books to get you started:

  • An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum. David F. Wood.  Concord: Concord Museum, 2006.

  • Paul Reveres Ride. David Hackett Fischer. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

  • The Minutemen and their World. Robert Gross. New York: Hill and Wang, 1976, reprinted 2001.

  • The People of Concord: One Year in the Flowering of New England (1846). Paul Brooks.  Chester, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1990.
     All these books and more available at the Museum Shop.