The Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections of Americana in the country. Come visit the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history.

The Rasmussen Education Center Now Open!

Come experience Highlights of the Concord Museum! Over 100 artifacts from the Concord Museum collection including the famed 1775 Paul Revere Lantern and Henry David Thoreau’s desk are on view in the new Rasmussen Education Center. Guided tours are optional and free with admission!

More information about Admission and Hours here.

Our Hours

SUMMER HOURS

JUNE 15 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

*Free parking
*Optional guided tours – Free with admission

Please note: Concord Museum is easily accessible and has two parking entrances. The main entrance is 200 Lexington Road. Although the majority of Cambridge Turnpike is closed for construction, it remains open directly in front of the Museum at 53 Cambridge Turnpike for visitors coming from the West.

 

 

Special Announcement

Concord Museum is on the move! Following the opening of the Rasmussen Education Center, we are renovating the Museum’s original 1930’s building with an improved infrastructure and new state-of-the-art gallery spaces. The renovated galleries will reopen in October, 2019. In the meantime, you don’t want to miss 100 Highlights of the Concord Museum collection on view daily at the Education Center!

Featured Events

Jul 27

Emerson’s Circle Walking Tour

In the 1800s, Concord was the center for American authors and thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott. They gathered together with other Concordians to discuss issues of the day such as slavery, war, the natural world, and many other topics. Led by a Museum educator, explore 1800s Concord and... View Article

Jul 31

An Evening with Robert Richardson

Join renowned scholar Robert Richardson as he shares recent reflections on Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism with responses from Bay Emerson Bancroft, Robert Gross, and Megan Marshall. Robert Richardson was born in Milwaukee, spent his early years in Medford and Concord, attended and graduated from Harvard, and then pursued a career of teaching and writing.  In... View Article

Aug 02

Free Fun Friday

Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, the Concord Museum is open FREE all day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Experience Concord’s history through object-based and hands-on activities.  All activities are on a first come, first served basis and will run rain or shine. Inside the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center... View Article

Aug 07

Untold Stories: Why They Marched with Susan Ware

For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. Join us for a conversation with Susan Ware, as she uncovers a much broader and more diverse story of the many women who worked tirelessly... View Article

Aug 10

Art and Action for Suffrage: Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Family Program

Explore the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Concord.  Using primary materials from the Concord Museum Collection, participants will examine the variety of printed materials from both sides of the debate.  Through close-looking and thinking routines, participants will determine what makes effective and convincing propaganda. 100 years after women gained the right to vote,... View Article

Aug 15

Postponed: Black Devil and Gentle Cloud: Ruskin and Emerson at Odds

Program Postponed: Unfortunately, the August 15 Concord Museum Forum with Sara Atwood on Black Devil and Gentle Cloud: Ruskin and Emerson at Odds, has been postponed. We are working to reschedule this Forum, and will post updated information as soon as possible. John Ruskin and Ralph Waldo Emerson are among the ‘representative men’ of the Victorian period... View Article

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At the Center ofRevolution

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The Concord Museum stands at the center of the remarkable revolutionary legacy of Concord, Massachusetts. To realize the full potential of this extraordinary place, we are enhancing our facilities and sustaining our future to provide transformative experiences of history to new and broader audiences. While our vision has expanded, our mission remains the same: to show how a town shaped a nation and to make Concord’s past relevant to the present.

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Education at the 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 famed Revere Lantern, 1775, intricately carved colonial powder horns, Henry David Thoreau’s wooden flute, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study filled with his books.

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Boy dressed up as colonial drummer
Girls playing with sand
Group of kids posing
Hands on in the Monroe Gallery at Concord Museum
Kids learning woodoworking at the Concord Museum
Colonial period dressed woman spinning yarn
Girls having a tea party
Group reading of 'Where the Wild Things Are'