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.

Concord Museum Forums

Distinguished authors and historians Harold Holzer and Doris Kearns Goodwin were recent guest speakers at a Concord Museum Forum. Concord Museum Forums are a series of public programs held in the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum (and now virtual!) to foster dialogue on a diverse range of historical, contemporary, and cultural topics that resonate with Concord’s history. For upcoming Concord Museum Forums be sure to check the Museum’s Calendar.

Winter Hours

Concord Museum is closed for the winter. Please join us when we open Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality this spring!

 

Be sure to experience Concord Museum’s new virtual exhibition!

 

 

Please note: Concord Museum is easily accessible and has two parking entrances, whether approaching via Cambridge Turnpike or Lexington Road.  The main Museum entrance  is at 53 Cambridge Turnpike.

 

 

Our new April 19, 1775 Galleries !

Concord Museum just opened three new permanent galleries chronicling the events of April 19, 1775 and their revolutionary effect on American history. The oft-told story of the battle at Concord’s North Bridge comes to life in dramatic new and more inclusive ways to recount the fateful moment when the first shots were fired and the American Revolution began. “This new April 19,1775 exhibition marries the Museum’s iconic artifacts with a multi-dimensional narrative to the foundational story like it has never been told before,” stated the Museum’s President Ralph Earle.

Featured Events

Jan 27

Emerson Family Barn Virtual Tour

Welcome to the Emerson family barn! Take a virtual tour of the barn behind the Emerson’s Concord home with architectural historian, Anne Forbes; Concord Museum Curator, David Wood; and Bay Emerson Bancroft of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association. See the hidden details of the historic barn, built in 1828 and newly re-opened after a…

Feb 10

8th Annual Sally Lanagan Lecture

Our 8th annual Sally Lanagan Lecture will feature gifted storyteller and bestselling historian H. W. Brands speaking on his new book, The Zealot and the Emancipator, recounting the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation’s gravest sin. Please note that this forum…

Feb 15

Virtual Visit with President Lincoln

President Lincoln is beaming in to answer your questions! The Museum is pleased to bring its popular Presidents’ Day program A Visit with President Lincoln to the virtual stage.  Kids from across Massachusetts can send in their questions to President Lincoln to learn about his life, presidency, and legacy. Record a video of your question…

Feb 15

Mount Vernon’s African American Community in Slavery and Freedom

Few national landmarks are better known than George Washington's Mount Vernon.  Join us for a special Presidents' Day forum featuring Scott Casper discussing his book Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon which brilliantly recovers the life of Sarah Johnson, who spent more than fifty years at Mount Vernon, in slavery and after emancipation. Through her life and those of her family and…

Feb 24

Recounting Slavery in Historic Houses and Museums

As the Concord Museum embarks on an effort to develop a new permanent gallery to chronicle the history of slavery in our town and the efforts to abolish it, please join us for a conversation with Kyera Singleton and Niya Bates as they discuss the challenges museums and historic houses face in order to, in…

Mar 02

The Boston Massacre: A Family History

250 years ago this March, British soldiers shot into a crowd and killed five civilians outside Boston’s Old State House on a blustery night in 1770. In her new book on the Boston Massacre, Serena Zabin, professor of history at Carleton College, offers a unique view of the British occupation of Boston highlighting that the…

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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'