Highlights of the Concord Museum

What’s On View

While the Concord Museum’s galleries are undergoing renovations, over 100 objects, including the famed 1775 lantern from the night of Paul Revere’s ride, Native American tools from 10,000 years ago, and the desk on which Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden, will be exhibited in six gallery spaces in the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center.

Musketaquid to Concord

Artifacts from the Concord Museum’s outstanding collection of stone tools from the Native people of Musketaquid, including a 10,000-year-old stone point, will be on view in the first gallery. These tools demonstrate how Native people built homes and canoes, fished, hunted, worked their clothing, and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to handle 1,000-4,000-year-old stone tools from the Museum’s Sally Lanagan Teaching Collection to discover their uses and connect to the people who have lived here for over 10,000 years.

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World: April 19, 1775

In the second gallery visitors will be able to see the famous 1775 lantern from Paul Revere’s ride, as well as muskets, powder horns, swords, cannon balls, and many more objects that tell the story of this critical day that sparked the American Revolution. Artifacts related to tea drinking and silver made by Paul Revere after the American Revolution will also be on view.

From Farm to Table

The third gallery will be the center of the Museum’s hands-on activities, including workshops and demonstrations for public program participants that make use of the Education Center’s new colonial-style hearth. This space will also include a large floor-to-ceiling display of objects that tell the story of Thomas Dugan, an African American man who was once enslaved, but ultimately became a successful farmer in Concord.

Colonial Conversations

Concord was both an extraordinary and a quintessential colonial town. In the fourth gallery visitors will see objects that illustrate the daily life of men, women, and children in the colonial period, including furniture, textiles, tools, and items related to foodways and clothing.

Walden

Abelardo Morrell’s mural-size “Walden: Woods and Pond” (2016) will be on view in the new Lyceum.

Thoreau and Emerson

The Concord Museum owns the largest collection of objects related to Henry Thoreau in the world. In the History Learning Center on the second floor, see the desk where he wrote Walden, Civil Disobedience and his Journal, and study the lock from the jail where he spent a night to protest slavery. This gallery also features items related to Ralph Waldo Emerson, including objects that are typically on view in the Emerson Study.