Education at the Concord Museum

Learn with us! Whether it is learning about the roots of American democracy, the power of independent thinking, preservation of the environment, or the intricacies of craftsmanship, the Concord Museum brings history into the lives of learners of all ages. Visit up close with the 1775 Paul Revere lantern, intricately carved colonial powder horns, Henry David Thoreau’s wooden flute, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study filled with his books.

The Concord Museum has events and special exhibitions for all ages year-round. See our calendar

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Teachers, Students, and School Visits

At the Concord Museum, visits connect real artifacts with people, places, and ideas. K-12 students explore Native American life, the Colonies, the Revolution, the Civil War, and the authors Thoreau and Emerson—all in interdisciplinary and hands-on ways. Learn more

Group Tours

Groups of all ages are welcome at the Concord Museum. Come see the lantern from Paul Revere’s famous ride, Henry David Thoreau’s desk from Walden Pond, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study, and much more. Learn more

After-schools, preschools, and other youth organizations are welcome at the Concord Museum. From tours to hands-on programming, contact us so we can design the best visit for your group! 

Contact the Education Department:
(978) 369-9763, ext. 214 or

Museum Resources

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 Collection

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

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 database.

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 Revere’s 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.