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. Parking is free in the Museum’s adjacent parking lot or along the Museum side of Lexington Road.
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.

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. This is set to be completed in October, 2019. During our renovations, visitors will still be able to see 100 Highlights of the Concord Museum’s treasured collection on view daily at the new Rasmussen Education Center.

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Featured Events

Jun 19

June Member Meet-Up: Historic New England’s Gropius House

Join other Concord Museum Members to celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus movement with a tour of Historic New England’s Gropius House, designed and lived in by Walter Gropius, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.  This unique home was built in 1938 in the rural landscape of Lincoln, MA and whether... View Article

Jul 06

Your Everyday Companion: Journal-Making for Families

Bring your family to learn about the man who inspired the diligent documentation of the greater Walden Woods ecosystem.  Create your own hand-made journal, just as Henry David Thoreau made journals to document his observations.  Equip yourselves with the tools and skills you need to venture out on an observant and fruitful walk in nature.... View Article

Jul 07

Reenactment of a Meeting of the Provincial Congress 1774

The Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre have thrown the Massachusetts Bay Colony into chaos. By 1774 all representative government has been banned and General Thomas Gage is suppressing the rights of the colonists.  A group of brave and civic-minded colonists decides to meet anyway. They gather at the Wright Tavern in Concord to... View Article

Jul 14

Film Screening: Surveyor of the Soul

Thoreau wrote that he “was born in the nick of time” in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond.  This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues,... View Article

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

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 Concord’s... 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'