For a small town, Concord has a big history. From the “shot heard round the world” to the writers of the American literary renaissance, things have happened here, words have been spoken here, and books have been written here which changed the face of a nation. And nowhere is that important heritage captured more dramatically than at the Concord Museum—the ideal place to begin your visit to this picturesque community.
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
January—March. Mon.–Sat., 11:00–4:00; Sun., 1:00–4:00
April—December. Mon.–Sat., 9:00–5:00; Sun., 12:00–5:00;
Sundays in June, July and Aug., 9:00–5:00
The Museum is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day, and closes at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
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Seniors (62 & over) $8
Students (18 & over with valid id) $8
Children (5-18) $5
Children under 5 Free
Active Military (with valid id): Free
The town of Concord is approximately 20 miles west of Boston. The Concord Museum is easily accessible from Route 495 or Route 128/I95, via Route 2, and is located 1/4 mile east of Concord Center, at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike; entrance is on Cambridge Turnpike; parking is free.
The Museum’s front entrance is located at 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742.
Take the Red Line train to the Porter Square stop. At Porter Square, take the Fitchburg commuter rail to Concord station. The Museum is a one-mile walk from the Concord train station. Once you have exited the station, cross the street at the intersection as if you are going to the Mobil Station (Sudbury Road). Then turn left and continue down Sudbury Road until you reach Main Street. Continue onto Main Street and go straight through town, approximately 2 blocks, until you reach the rotary at the Town Green. At the rotary, bear right onto Lexington Road (the large white Unitarian Universalist Church will be on your right; the Colonial Inn will be at your back). The Museum is 1/3 of a mile down between the fork in the road. Bear right onto Cambridge Turnpike for the Museum entrance.
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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.
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.