Families & Kids

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Discover Concord history as a family!

The Concord Museum is a great place for the whole family to visit! At the Concord Museum, explore Native American life and the world of the Revolution, learn how Henry Thoreau studied nature, and inspire nature walks of your own. There’s always lots to do!

Make the Most of Your Visit:

  • Start at the Family Station to find our new Family Trail guide, scavenger hunts, and drawing materials to bring along:
    • With our Family Trail guide, you can hunt for the objects like a scavenger hunt, learn fun facts about what you are seeing, and use the prompts to inspire conversations about what you see
    • Take drawing materials to sketch your favorite things throughout the Museum and be sure to share your favorite things with us before you leave
  • Enjoy looking at many historical objects with your eyes (but not your hands) to learn more about Concord’s past
  • Have great conversations as a family
    • Start with these questions: What do you notice about this object or room when you look carefully? What do you see that makes you say that?
  • Discover special hands-on areas and activities to take home
  • Ask the Educators in the galleries if you have questions—we are here to help!

Come for a special Family Program! Check our full calendar listing here.

General Information for Parents:

  • Restrooms are located on the first floor.
  • A changing table is located in the restroom.
  • Strollers are welcome.
  • Turn off your flash and take pictures in front of your favorite objects.
  • Pack a picnic or snack to enjoy on the grounds.
  • Take a seat on a bench or the floor to rest, chat, or draw.
  • Elevator, coat rack, and water fountain are all available on the lower level.

Before Your Visit:

  • Read a book together to begin the conversation such as:
    • Henry Climbs a Mountain, D.B. Johnson
    • Henry Works, D.B. Johnson
    • Sam the Minuteman, Nathaniel Benchley
    • Let it Begin Here! Lexington and Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution, Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Ask your child what they are looking forward to learning about the most. Three objects not to miss are:
    • The 1775 Paul Revere Lantern
    • Native American Stone Tools
    • Thoreau’s Spyglass
      • What did Mr. Thoreau see through his spyglass? In our new family on-line activity, look out his window and see. Then, create your own nature journal.
  • The Museum is a great place to start your visit to Concord. Looking for more? We suggest these itineraries:
    • The American Revolution: Concord Museum and a picnic at the Old North Bridge in Minuteman Park
    • Literary Concord: Concord Museum and the Concord Public Library or Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
    • Mr. Thoreau’s Concord: Concord Museum and a swim or walk at Walden Pond

Family Programs:

A year-round calendar of programs for children and families includes crafts and activities during special events and on holidays. For a complete listing click here. Below are some highlights for families: