Concord Museum

Concord Museum We are the museum of Concord, Massachusetts. Currently, our galleries are closed for renovations. Visit www.concordmuseum.org for more information.
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The Concord Museum is the one place where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through artifacts from the Museum’s outstanding collection, rarely-seen images, period room settings, audio presentations, and creative hands-on activities. Highlights include "Why Concord?"—six history galleries accompanied by a film, "Exploring Concord"; a nationally-significant collection of decorative arts, featuring Concord-made clocks, silver and furniture; Native American stone tools; the 1775 lantern ordered by Paul Revere to be hung in the church steeple and made famous by Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”; Emerson's study where he wrote his influential essays; and the world’s largest collection of Thoreau's possessions, including the desk on which he wrote “Civil Disobedience” and "Walden." In addition to the changing exhibitions in the Graham Gund-designed galleries, the Museum features a Museum Shop and a complete year-round calendar of programs for adults and children. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Mission: The Concord Museum educates visitors of all ages about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life. The Museum’s nationally significant collection serves as a catalyst for changing exhibitions, extended classroom learning, dynamic programs and publications relevant to an ever-changing world. Founded in 1886, the Museum is a center of cultural enjoyment for the region and a gateway to the town of Concord for visitors from around the world. The Concord Museum has been continuously accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1973.

2019 Pulitzer Prize winning author and Yale historian David Blight will speak about his new biography "Frederick Douglas...
05/13/2019

2019 Pulitzer Prize winning author and Yale historian David Blight will speak about his new biography "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" this Wednesday, May 15, 7:00pm at the Fenn School in Concord. This event, which is being hosted by the Concord Museum, is free with reservations. www.concordmuseum.org

Our recent April showers are responsible for bringing some stunning May flowers to the Garden Tour this year! Spend a de...
05/10/2019

Our recent April showers are responsible for bringing some stunning May flowers to the Garden Tour this year! Spend a delightful day touring seven private gardens and one ribbon garden on the Concord Museum's annual event - now in its 30th year! Friday, May 31 and Saturday,
June 1, 2019. Early bird discounts through May 26th!

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become the nation's leading abolitionist in the 19th century. On Wednesday, M...
05/09/2019

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become the nation's leading abolitionist in the 19th century. On Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm, 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning author and Yale historian David Blight will speak about his new biography "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" with Harvard historian John Stauffer. This Community Conversation is presented by the Concord Museum and will be held at the Fenn School. Free with registration. www.concordmuseum.org

Ladies! Instead of your Nikes, can you imagine wearing these stylish boots next time you go bicycling?! As part of of th...
05/07/2019

Ladies! Instead of your Nikes, can you imagine wearing these stylish boots next time you go bicycling?! As part of of the Concord Museum's textile collection, these 1895 bicycling boots will be shown with carefully selected vintage leisure and sports pieces. Join Curator David Wood for a Cummings Davis Society evening Wednesday, May 8, 6pm to 7:30pm, Members $20; Non-members $30. All are welcome! Please reserve.

Tonight! Come hear Wellesley College Professor Kellie Carter Jackson talk about her new book, "Force & Freedom:Black Abo...
05/06/2019

Tonight! Come hear Wellesley College Professor Kellie Carter Jackson talk about her new book, "Force & Freedom:Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence" at the Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum at 7:00 pm. Author and historian Kellie Jackson examines the conditions that led some black abolitionists to believe slavery might only be abolished by violent force. Free. Please call or reserve on line. 978-369-9763 ext.216
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Wellesley College Professor Kellie Carter Jackson, author of "Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of V...
05/02/2019

Wellesley College Professor Kellie Carter Jackson, author of "Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence" will discuss the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists which created the conditions that necessitated the Civil War. Monday, May 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum.Free with Registration. www.concordmuseum.org 978-369-9763 ext.216

Do you love history and gardening? The Concord Museum Garden Tour Committee invites you to join and get involved in the ...
05/01/2019

Do you love history and gardening? The Concord Museum Garden Tour Committee invites you to join and get involved in the 2019 event on May 31 and June 1, 2019. Seven of Concord's most illustrious private gardens will be on the Tour which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. No garden experience necessary. If you are interested in a fun and exciting volunteer opportunity, please e-mail [email protected] or 978-369-9763 ext. 216 #gardenlovers #gardentour

To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Susan Orleans Rieder presents her film on the life of Carola Domar (shown here) who e...
04/25/2019

To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Susan Orleans Rieder presents her film on the life of Carola Domar (shown here) who escaped Nazi Germany and built a life in the Conantum neighborhood of Concord. Domar's daughter, Erica Banderob, joins in a discussion following the screening. "Exile and Community", Wednesday, May 1, 7:00pm; Free; by reservation at the Concord Museum.
Go to www.concordmuseum.org for more information about our free Film Screenings.

Just a reminder that you are invited for a conversation with prize-winning historian Robert Gross and @robbinshouse Co-P...
04/24/2019

Just a reminder that you are invited for a conversation with prize-winning historian Robert Gross and @robbinshouse Co-President Maria Madison as they discuss the historical context for Frederick Douglass' two visits to Concord in the early 1840's. Today at 4:00 pm in the Concord Museum 's Franklin Lyceum.Free. Reservations online or call 978-369-9763 ext. 216.
Image- Engraved portrait of Frederick Douglass. From Howard Carroll's "Twelve Americans" (New York:Harper & Brothers, 1883): Concord Free Public Library Basement Collection

This Friday night come to the screening of two 15 minute short films on the contributions of two relatively unknown New ...
04/23/2019

This Friday night come to the screening of two 15 minute short films on the contributions of two relatively unknown New England residents during the Revolutionary War. After watching the documentaries join in a discussion with filmmaker Maureen Taylor and producer Pam Pacelli Cooper @verissima_productions. 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Concord Museum. Free with Reservations. Go online or call 978-369-9763 ext. 216.

Do you recognize anyone? These are miniature pocket portraits that visitors made during school vacation week! Today is t...
04/20/2019

Do you recognize anyone? These are miniature pocket portraits that visitors made during school vacation week! Today is the last day, so grab a friend and come by the Concord Museum for live demonstrations, fun art activities and more!

Come meet these sweet little lambs from Cluck and Baa Farms tomorrow April 19th at the Concord Museum! See how wool tran...
04/18/2019

Come meet these sweet little lambs from Cluck and Baa Farms tomorrow April 19th at the Concord Museum! See how wool transforms into cozy clothes and work with a master weaver. This is all part of "Animal Adventures" School Vacation Week, now through April 20th,10am to 4pm.

"How imperceptibly the first springing takes place!"- H. Thoreau. Journal, 1859Celebrate the "first springing" and Earth...
04/17/2019

"How imperceptibly the first springing takes place!"
- H. Thoreau. Journal, 1859
Celebrate the "first springing" and Earth Day with the Concord Museum this Thursday night! Join Barbara Moran, WBUR 90.9 FM's Senior Producer for Environmental Reporting, and Boston University's Professor Richard Primack, author of "Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods", in a conversation on the environmental challenges challenges facing our times. April 18, 7:00pm at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center. Members $5; Non-members $10. Reservations concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 x216

During April School Vacation Week, drop by theConcord Museum for some "Animal Adventures". Discover how giant prehistori...
04/16/2019

During April School Vacation Week, drop by the
Concord Museum for some "Animal Adventures". Discover how giant prehistoric mastodons to tiny termites, shape and reflect Concord's history. All hourly activities are free with Museum admission. Now through Saturday!

The Patriots' Day Celebration continues this evening at the Concord Museum! Come hear historian and renowned storyteller...
04/15/2019

The Patriots' Day Celebration continues this evening at the Concord Museum! Come hear historian and renowned storyteller Dr. William M. Fowler on "The Revolution's Odd Couple: Samuel Adams and John Hancock". 7:00pm at the Rasmussen Education Center. $5 Members; $10 Non-members.

Rendezvous for Revolution at the Concord Museum! Join us today April 13th for an encampment with the Billerica Minute Me...
04/13/2019

Rendezvous for Revolution at the Concord Museum! Join us today April 13th for an encampment with the Billerica Minute Men (and women!) See demonstrations of musket firing, musket ball making, soap making and baking bread. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free.

The Concord Museum is celebrating Patriots' Day for 3 days and it starts now! There are living history demonstrations, R...
04/13/2019

The Concord Museum is celebrating Patriots' Day for 3 days and it starts now! There are living history demonstrations, Revolutionary art-making, and collection spotlights. Activities are ongoing and Free with admission. Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15.

As Earth Day approaches, join Barbara Moran, @wbur Senior Producer for Environmental Reporting and @bostonu Professor Ri...
04/12/2019

As Earth Day approaches, join Barbara Moran, @wbur Senior Producer for Environmental Reporting and @bostonu Professor Richard Primack, author of "Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods" in a conversation on the environmental challenges facing our times. Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm at the Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum. For more information www.concordmuseum.org or reserve by calling 978- 369-9763 x216

Our muskets are polished and our flags are flying in preparation for the Concord Museums three-day-celebration of Patrio...
04/09/2019

Our muskets are polished and our flags are flying in preparation for the Concord Museums three-day-celebration of Patriots' Day from Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15, 2019. There will be fascinating living history demonstrations, Minutemen reenactments, Colonial period dancing and music, and inspiring revolutionary art making! All activities are free with Museum admission. Go to www.concordmuseum.org for an hourly schedule! #patriotsday

It's Spring and it's time to renew! @bewellbehere has generously donated two fantastic auction items to the Patriots' Ba...
04/08/2019

It's Spring and it's time to renew! @bewellbehere has generously donated two fantastic auction items to the Patriots' Ball this Saturday, April 13th. The first item is for a 2-hour mindfull wellness gathering with 7 friends. The 2nd is a full-day wellness retreat with 10 friends...what a perfect Mother's Day gift! Create your day with yoga, massage, aromatherapy, lunch, and more included!
Join in the fun at the Patriots' Ball by purchasing your tickets today. www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 x216.

Gorgeous basket from the @coppfamilyfarm! The hand-carved box was made from an ancient tree in Concord and is filled wit...
04/05/2019

Gorgeous basket from the @coppfamilyfarm! The hand-carved box was made from an ancient tree in Concord and is filled with goodies including homemade jams, flowers, scented soap, candles, and more ! This is just one of the many lovely auction items that will be available at the Patriots' Ball this Saturday, April 13th. Be sure to get your tickets now www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 x216.

We are getting ready for the Patriots' Ball on Saturday, April 13th! Check out our new banner @FootStock in downtown Con...
04/05/2019

We are getting ready for the Patriots' Ball on Saturday, April 13th! Check out our new banner @FootStock in downtown Concord!

Dolley Madison is considered America's "First Lady" and was the wife of President James Madison, who served from 1809 to...
03/25/2019

Dolley Madison is considered America's "First Lady" and was the wife of President James Madison, who served from 1809 to 1817. Find out the true story of how Dolley Madison redecorated the White House to become the national symbol we know today, at the Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Reception on Thursday, March 28, 6pm to 8pm at the Concord Museum. Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, will be giving a fascinating presentation titled "The Great Centre of Attraction : Dolley Madison creates the White House." Register online www.concordmuseum or call 978-369-9763 x216.

It's International Women's Day! Join the Concord Museum for a conversation with Jessie Morgan-Owens, as she discusses he...
03/08/2019

It's International Women's Day! Join the Concord Museum for a conversation with Jessie Morgan-Owens, as she discusses her book "Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement" on Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm at the Rasmussen Education Center. Don't miss this fascinating presentation. Reserve your tickets online or by calling 978-369-9763 x216. #Internationalwomensday

Come one come all to the Patriots' Ball! Be sure to save the date: Saturday, April 13th. Live entertainment, raffles, an...
03/08/2019

Come one come all to the Patriots' Ball! Be sure to save the date: Saturday, April 13th. Live entertainment, raffles, and more! All proceeds benefit the Concord Museum's educational initiatives. To find out more go to www.concordmuseum.org

Harold Holzer on "Monument Man: The Art & Life of Daniel Chester French" tonight at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Educa...
03/06/2019

Harold Holzer on "Monument Man: The Art & Life of Daniel Chester French" tonight at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center. Author Harold Holzer, one of the leading historians of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, explores the long life and dramatic artistic career of pre-eminent American sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose statue for the Lincoln Memorial is arguably the nation's most iconic statue.

It's President's Day! Come meet President Lincoln at the Concord Museum today from 1 pm to 2 pm. Steve Wood's first-pers...
02/18/2019

It's President's Day! Come meet President Lincoln at the Concord Museum today from 1 pm to 2 pm. Steve Wood's first-person historical interpretation includes stories of Lincoln's early life, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. Recommended for all ages. Tickets include admission to the Museum.

02/14/2019

Sweet! Happy Valentine's Day from the Concord Museum!
This Valentine card is from the Museum's collection, circa 1850.

Join us for a fascinating presentation on John Brown: Slavery's Determined Foe on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 pm at t...
01/22/2019

Join us for a fascinating presentation on John Brown: Slavery's Determined Foe on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 pm at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center. Please register online or call 978-369-9763 x 216.

Sorry, due to the snowstorm the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center is closed today Sunday, January 20, 2019. We...
01/20/2019

Sorry, due to the snowstorm the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center is closed today Sunday, January 20, 2019. We look forward to seeing you next weekend!

Join other Concord Museum members for a tour of the Fuller Craft Museum's Mass Fashion exhibit: "Uneasy Beauty: Discomfo...
01/10/2019

Join other Concord Museum members for a tour of the Fuller Craft Museum's Mass Fashion exhibit: "Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment", with curator Beth Laughlin. Tomorrow, Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11am. Free to all Concord Museum Members. Please register online or call 978-369-9763 x216. Fuller Craft Museum

Moovin' and Groovin' at the Concord Museum. It's Costume Character Weekend. Come by the Rasmussen Education Center to me...
12/14/2018

Moovin' and Groovin' at the Concord Museum. It's Costume Character Weekend. Come by the Rasmussen Education Center to meet the famous groovy, blue cat, Pete! No matter where he goes Pete always keeps his cool. Visitors can meet Pete the Cat come to life, make crafts, and hear the story. Free with Family Trees admission. Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Looking for something to do today? Come Meet the Authors & Illustrators today - Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1pm to 4pm at the ...
12/09/2018

Looking for something to do today? Come Meet the Authors & Illustrators today - Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1pm to 4pm at the Rasmussen Education Center. Visit with 9 award-winning authors & illustrators who inspired Family Trees! Enjoy conversation & books for purchasing and signing. (Shown here-"Things to Do", by Elaine Magliaro) Free with Family Trees Admission. Members Free.

Family Trees celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Little Women" with a special performance by Louisa ...
12/08/2018

Family Trees celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Little Women" with a special performance by Louisa May Alcott on Sunday, December 9th from 12 noon until 12:45pm. This will be followed by a meet-and-greet with 9 award-winning Authors & Illustrators. What a special day this is going to be! Free with Family Trees admission at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center. Members free. #louisamayalcottorchardhouse

Don't miss Santa's stop at the Concord Museum today from now until 12:30pm. There are still spaces left for you to visit...
12/08/2018

Don't miss Santa's stop at the Concord Museum today from now until 12:30pm. There are still spaces left for you to visit and take your photo with Santa. Join in all the fun holiday crafts and send your letter to the North Pole!

Don't miss Santa's stop at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center! Enjoy a delightful visit and a festive photo...
12/05/2018

Don't miss Santa's stop at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center! Enjoy a delightful visit and a festive photo with Santa by our new fireplace! You'll also enjoy treats, letters to Santa, face painting, holiday crafts, and activities. Saturday, December 8th,10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Make your reservations today by calling 978-369-9763 x216.

Concord Museum's Holiday House Tour was merry making at it's best! Here is just one of the stunning rooms showcased in S...
12/03/2018

Concord Museum's Holiday House Tour was merry making at it's best! Here is just one of the stunning rooms showcased in Saturday's event. #holidayhousetour

12/02/2018

Concord Museum's Holiday House Tour was merry making at its best! Here is just one of the lovely rooms showcased during yesterday's event!

Treat yourself this holiday season to the Concord Museum's 8th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 am to 4 p...
11/29/2018

Treat yourself this holiday season to the Concord Museum's 8th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 am to 4 pm at the Wright Tavern. See 7 of Concord's showstopping homes decorated in the holiday spirit.
Here is a lovely image of Concord's Hawthorne Inn that was part of last year's Holiday Tour! Purchase tickets on-line or call 978-369-9763 x 216.

concordmuseum #GivingTuesday is a global movement to celebrate the non-profits that you care about. We hope that you wil...
11/27/2018

concordmuseum #GivingTuesday is a global movement to celebrate the non-profits that you care about. We hope that you will consider donating to the Concord Museum's Annual Fund today to keep our programs alive with history! Also, be sure not to miss our 23rd Annual Family Trees in the new Rasmussen Education Center. This whimsical wreath was inspired by the children's book "The Tomten" adapted by Astrid Lindgren.

Here is a close-up of just one of the original ornaments from "The Book Tree" by author Paul Cyzak and illustrator Rashi...
11/25/2018

Here is a close-up of just one of the original ornaments from "The Book Tree" by author Paul Cyzak and illustrator Rashid Kheriyeh. Each of these colorful ornaments was hand-stitched and painted. Children are invited to get crafty today with free seasonal crafts as part of their admission to Family Trees in the Rasmussen Education Center. Many thanks to our sponsor Barefoot Books!

The halls are decked in the Rasmussen Education Center with Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature, now it...
11/25/2018

The halls are decked in the Rasmussen Education Center with Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature, now its 23rd year. We are honored to have award-winning illustrator Rashid Kheriyeh (left) decorate "The Book Tree" with Sarah Saldano (right) Barefoot Books. Many thanks to @Barefoot Books for being the lead sponsor of Family Trees!

Come Fashioning with us! If you enjoyed the Concord Museum’s Fresh Goods exhibition, then join us on this special tour...
11/16/2018

Come Fashioning with us! If you enjoyed the Concord Museum’s Fresh Goods exhibition, then join us on this special tour of Massachusetts Historical Society’s exhibition, “Fashioning the New England Family” on Nov. 16 at 1:00pm. Pictured here is a beautiful purse on view in the exhibit, join us to see it and more!
This event is free to Museum Members, but please be sure to register.

Here is just one of over 100 books by celebrated author and illustrator Melissa Sweet who is this year’s Honorary Chai...
11/15/2018

Here is just one of over 100 books by celebrated author and illustrator Melissa Sweet who is this year’s Honorary Chair of Family Trees. Ms Sweet received two Caldecott Honor Medals and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. Come meet her in person on Dec.9th for Author and Illustrator Day at the Concord Museum’s Rasmussen Education Center.

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As part of the Museum's Campus Master Plan, the Museum galleries have closed for seven to nine months. On November 2nd, the Rasmussen Education Center will open to the public featuring "Highlights of the Concord Museum" visitors are invited to visit the Education Center and see the Museum's remarkable collection. Renovations to the galleris include installing new mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems in the 90 year-old structure. The new systems will be energy-efficient and are urgently needed to meet code, allow for future upgrades to the Museum's exhibition spaces, and, most importantly, ensure the long-term preservation of the Museum's invaluable permanent collection of historical artifacts. A visitor services area will be built to enhance the visitor experience and provide a gateway for exploring Concord.

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