School Programs

tarbox school dioramaField trips at the Concord Museum are designed to make learning memorable. Trained educators engage students of all learning styles while satisfying important curriculum standards. Historical detective work and role playing are combined with problem solving, tactile learning, and critical thinking so that students of all ages have fun and come away with a real sense of history. We offer programs on the following subjects:

Native American / Archaeology/ Early Colonial Period
Colonial/Revolutionary Period
Nineteenth Century/ Concord Authors
Outreach Programs
Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

We want to work together to give you the best possible experience for your students. Our programs involve students working in small groups, and we ask for at least one chaperone to accompany each group to assist museum staff with supervision. We offer free admission to each adult for every 10 students.

Our staff will work with you to tailor programs to your needs or try something new! To learn more or book your group, please contact us at (978) 369-9763, ext. 214 or


Native American /Archaeology / Early Colonial Period

Digging into the Past
2 ½ hours, Grades 3-8, 12-60 students, $10.00 per student

What happens when two very different cultures meet? Using archeology and other hands-on activities, students explore how early Colonists and Native Americans in Massachusetts cooperated and conflicted when living close together. This multi-disciplinary program includes a table-top archeological dig using real Native American stone tools, a close look at the homes and villages of Native American and colonial peoples, and handling artifacts (including 1,000 year old Native American stone tools) and replicas to think about what kinds of tools and clothing were used by each culture.

Native American Archaeological Dig
2 hours, Grades 3-8, 10-30 students, $10.00 per student

Native Americans lived in Concord for thousands of years, but how can we learn about a civilization that left no written records? This program introduces students to Native American culture through archaeology. As archaeologists for a day, students handle and discuss 4,000-year-old stone tools from the Concord area, engage in a table-top dig of authentic artifacts from the Museum’s teaching collection, and come together to share their findings and consider how we learn about cultures in the past.

native american lifewaysNative American Lifeways I & II
Grades 2-6, $10.00 per student
NA Lifeways I: 2 ¼ hours, 12-60 students
NA Lifeways II: 2 ¾ hours, 12-75 students

Using and the Museum’s collection of stone tools and the landscape of Musketaquid (the Algonquian name for the Concord area), students gain an understanding of Native American daily life in Massachusetts 1,000 years ago. In small groups, students handle stone artifacts, explore how Native people used the land and natural resources in complex ways, and team up to construct table-top Native American villages. Students also grind corn, use a traditional bow drill and learn about the art of weaving, creating their own weaving craft to take home.

Colonial and Revolutionary Programs

Colonial Sampler I & II
Grades 2-6, $10.00 per student
Colonial Sampler I: 2 ¼ hours, 12-60 students
Colonial Sampler II: 2 ¾ hours, 12-75 students

What was it like to work in colonial times? How did people live and what did they wear? Learn what life held for people in the colonies by exploring their work, possessions, clothing, and homes. Students are apprenticed to a master tinsmith and create pierced tin plates, examine and handle objects of everyday colonial life, and one boy and one girl model reproduction period clothing for each small group.  Led by a museum educator students also explore and discuss the Museum’s colonial and revolutionary collection, period rooms, and the famed 1775 Paul Revere lantern.

Colonial Sampler II includes colonial dance

Community and Craftsmanship
2 hours, Grades 2-5 , 12-45 students, $10.00 per student

What was it like to be an apprentice instead of spending your days at school? Students learn about life as a craftsman in a colonial town by working on pierced tin plates as apprentice whitesmiths and mapping out colonial Concord.  They examine objects of everyday colonial life, explore the work of colonial craftsmen, visit rooms filled with authentic colonial furnishings and see artifacts from the Revolution, including the 1775 Paul Revere lantern.

Relive 1775
3 ¼ hours, Grades 5-8, 12-60 students, $11.00 per student
September – November and April – June only
Schools provide transportation for this course

During this exciting program students immerse themselves in the world of Concord families in 1775. While specifically telling the story of April 19, 1775 and the Battle of Concord, this program also gives students a sense of daily life in the Revolutionary period. Using pre-visit materials, classroom teachers assign each student a role as real Concord citizen from the Revolution.  In the course of the day the “citizens” visit the Old North Bridge, meet a living history neighbor, explore artifacts from the Revolution (including the 1775 Paul Revere lantern) and debate an important 1775 dilemma in a mock Town Meeting.

colonial cookingColonial Cooking
2 hours, Grades 3-8, 12-25 students, $10.00 per student

In a setting evocative of a colonial home, students gather around a cozy fire to discover the many ways a colonial families used their hearth. The students participate in hands-on activities including testing colonial recipes, experimenting with colonial food preservation, and making soap with lavender and oats to take home. Each student also sews a cloth bag to hold a piece of soap to take home.

Can be combined with a version of Colonial Sampler for a longer program.

Revolutionary Traveling Trunk

Have the Revolution travel to you! Borrow a trunk filled with reproduction primary source artifacts and documents that travel to your classroom to make your Revolutionary unit come alive. Along with touchable objects, the trunk includes directions to set up stations in your classroom and worksheets for students to use. This trunk allows the richness of the Concord Museum’s collection to come to your classroom as you study the events surrounding April 19, 1775. Pick up at the Museum or shipping available.

Download booking sheet
Traveling Trunk Guidelines
Traveling Trunk Teacher Manual

Nineteenth-Century and Author Program

The Life, Work, and Legacy of Henry D. Thoreau
On hold during Museum renovations in 2019
1-1½ hours, Grades 5-12, 10-45 students, $10.00 per student

Through discussion, guided tour and activities students are challenged to explore the life, ideas and legacy of Henry David Thoreau by interacting with the objects and history at the Concord Museum. Students look closely at the furniture from Walden Pond and discover what they can learn from the desk where Thoreau wrote Walden and Civil Disobedience. Educators pass around 1,000-year-old stone tools to demonstrate Thoreau’s teaching methods and explain how the battle of Concord during the American Revolution inspired writing by both Thoreau and his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Outreach Programs – In the Classroom

*Limited in the 2019-2020 school year

Two Worlds Meet
1½  hours, One classroom at a time, Grades 3-8

What happens when two very different cultures live in the same place? Students explore the critical first encounters between Colonists and Native Americans in Massachusetts, looking at the reasons for conflict and the ways cultures work together. Students analyze primary source documents, discuss how each culture recorded their history, and try quill writing. Students work in teams to construct two homestead dioramas comparing how each culture built shelters, used rivers, planted crops and used the land. In an object comparison activity students handle artifacts and replicas to think about what kinds of objects, tools, and clothing would have been used by each culture.

Colonial Conversations
1 – 1½  hours, One classroom at a time, Grades 3-8

What was it like to work in colonial times? How did people live and what did they wear? Learn what life held for people in the colonies by exploring their work, possessions, clothing, and towns. Students begin by helping to map out the important places in a colonial town, examine and handle objects of everyday colonial life, and one boy and one girl model reproduction period clothing for each small group.  For groups interested in living history a resident from colonial concord will join the group to discuss and answer questions about life, family, and the Revolution.
family trees

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Family Trees Visits
1-2 hours, 12-50 students, Recommended for Ages 3-9, $10.00 per student
Offered mid-November – December 31st each year

Family Trees is a month-long celebration in which the Museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.  Join us to visit the trees, do our scavenger hunt, read some of the books, discuss how stories are turned into decorations, and encourage literacy!  Groups can come through for a guided visit or a program that includes a craft inspired by one of the trees.