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Keeping Time: Clockmaking in Concord 1790–1835

September 12, 2017

A ground-breaking exhibition featured over thirty of the finest examples of documented Concord clocks from the Museum’s collection and others in a fascinating mix of craftsmanship, social history, entrepreneurship, economics and art.

Everything Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions

September 12, 2017

This exhibition provided a glimpse into the collecting practices of one of the oldest and most distinguished history and decorative arts museums in the country. Specially designed children’s labels and hands-on activities throughout the exhibition engaged visitors of all ages. That’s one creepy-ass baby- David J

Wild Flora

October 23, 2017

Over 100 botanical prints of pressed plants artfully preserved using an innovative technique by field biologist Erika Sonder were exhibited with botanical specimens collected in the traditional manner in the 19th century by New England naturalists including Thoreau

Good Then, Good Always: Toys and Memories

October 24, 2017

Designed for both kids-at-heart and their children and grandchildren, the exhibition included over 100 wonderful toys spanning three centuries and brought to light the fascinating stories behind these classics.

Emerson and His Study: An Inside Look

October 24, 2017

Examining for the first time in a gallery setting some of the Study’s most significant furnishings, paintings, prints and books offered a privileged look at an icon of American letters—the study of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Degrees of Latitude: Maps of America from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection

October 24, 2017

An extraordinary collection of 72 historic maps and an atlas of early America, culled from Colonial Williamsburg’s extensive collection were featured as a point of departure for understanding the history of American settlement and colonization. The maps, representing each of the 13 colonies, were selected for their rarity, historical importance and aesthetic beauty.

The A–Z List: Finding the Unexpected

October 24, 2017

Over 100 items with unexpected visual and verbal richness that literally ranged from A to Z were on view from the Museum’s renowned collection. From simple objects to high-style knockouts, the exhibition included furnishings, textiles, ceramics, silver, paintings, tools, jewelry and more.