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.

27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature Begins November 23

27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature begins on November 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023! Concord’s literary legacy is given a creative twist as 34 trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes are decorated with charm and inspiration from acclaimed children’s books.

Award-winning author and naturalist, Sy Montgomery, serves as the Honorary Chair of the 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Her recently published children’s book Becoming a Good Creature is featured in this year’s celebration. One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Sy has been awarded the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her contributions to children’s literature and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and an international bestseller for her work in adult nonfiction.

Organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers as a benefit for the Museum’s education initiatives; Family Trees Chair: Pam Nelson.

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Museum Hours

Tuesday to Sunday (10 am to 4 pm)

Walk-ins Welcome.

 

 

 

FREE hop-on, hop-off Concord Trolley shuttle service from MBTA train station to the Concord Museum!  7 days a week. Continuous loop includes downtown Concord and other historic locations. For more information click here.

Be sure to experience Concord Museum’s new virtual exhibit! Click here to view the exhibit.

Explore his world as Thoreau experienced it. Explore our collection of items from Concord Museum in Thoreau’s World, a new virtual exhibit. Click here to view the exhibit.

The Lincoln Memorial Illustrated

One of the most revered and visited sites in Washington, D.C. and in the nation, the Lincoln Memorial is now a century old. Dedicated on May 30, 1922, it was designed by architect Henry Bacon and Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French, and it has served as a gathering place for some of the most significant and symbolic events of the past one hundred years. It has come to represent the nation’s hopes and challenges, providing an iconic backdrop for civic expression relating to democracy and human rights.

The Lincoln Memorial Illustrated is a collaboration of the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood. It will be on view at the Concord Museum from September 30, 2022-February 26, 2023.

Image: Istvan Banyai Set in Stone, 2008 Illustration for Set in Stone: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Memory by Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, October 13, 2008.

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Featured Events

Oct 10

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Program with the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

Join us for a program and performance with the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, a group of musicians and artisans from the tribal communities of Mashpee on Cape Cod and Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Participate in the performance of eastern social songs and dances. This program is free, but participation is…

Oct 13

A Conversation with Gregory Maguire: 30th Annual Concord Festival of Authors Kick-Off Event

Author of Wicked and beloved Concordian, Gregory Maguire, kicks off the 30th Annual Concord Festival of Authors with a conversation on writing, art, and culture with GBH Executive Arts Editor, Jared Bowen.  Returning to the world first created in Wicked, Gregory and Jared will discuss Gregory’s newest book in the Another Day series – The…

Oct 20

A Wondrous Light: Music and Transcendentalism

The Boston Cecilia, one of the country’s oldest and most acclaimed choral groups, will offer an intimate a capella concert of works connected to Transcendentalism, featuring choral arrangements from Paul John Rudoi's oratorio Our Transcendental Passion and a premiere composition by Cecilia member Benjamin Perry.

Oct 23

Sleepy Hollow-een Tour

Join us for this special Halloween event! Take a tour through historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with a Concord Museum guide. Learn about the lives and deaths of past Concordians through stories passed down through the generations. 1 mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, rain or shine. Register using the form below.

Oct 28

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…

Nov 02

10th Annual Sally Lanagan Lecture

The Best Ever! Parades in New England “Jane Nylander reminds us that ‘everyone loves a parade!’” – Philip Zea, President Emeritus, Historic Deerfield.  Join us for the 10th annual Sally Lanagan where historian Jane Nylander explores the cultural history of New England parades from the start of the nation to World War II. This forum…

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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
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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'