The Museum’s collection was begun in the 1850s by Cummings Davis, a man of very modest means and a descendant of Concord’s founders. The collection was on view to the public on a regular basis before the Civil War. Only a handful of American collections are as old or as well-documented.

 Today, the collection numbers over 35,000 objects spanning the history of Concord from Native American settlements to the present and includes furniture, ceramics, silver and pewter, household goods, archaeological stone artifacts, photographs, documents, prints, costumes, and textiles.