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.

The Barefoot Books Design Team was busy today decorating a ten-foot-tree in preparation for Concord Museum's Family Tree...
11/25/2019

The Barefoot Books Design Team was busy today decorating a ten-foot-tree in preparation for Concord Museum's Family Trees event! Their tree is based on the "Global Kids" activity card decks by author Homa Sabet Tavangar and illustrated by Sophie Fatus. Over 80 volunteers joined in today to help decorate the 39 book-themed trees and wreaths. Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature opens this Wednesday, November 27th. We can't wait to show you!!
@barefootbooks #concordma #concordmuseum #childrensbooks

Join Dr. Paul Staiti, @mtholyoke Alumni Foundation Professor, for a forum that sets the city's key artists against the b...
11/19/2019

Join Dr. Paul Staiti, @mtholyoke Alumni Foundation Professor, for a forum that sets the city's key artists against the backdrop of revolutionary events. In particular, Dr. Staiti looks at the achievements of John Singleton Copley, known as the colonies' supreme artist. "Of Arms and Artists:The American Revolution Through Painters' Eyes", Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm at the Concord Museum. For reservations 978-369-9763 x216

At the recent Ribbon cutting of the Concord Museum, Larry Spotted Crow Mann gave a traditional welcome song and land ack...
11/08/2019

At the recent Ribbon cutting of the Concord Museum, Larry Spotted Crow Mann gave a traditional welcome song and land acknowledgement for the new "People of Musketaquid" gallery. Larry who is a member of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts, is an award- winning writer and poet. #concordma #concordmuseum #Nipmuc

Silhouette artist Jean Comerford cuts delightful heirloom-quality portraits that make a wonderful gift! Appointments are...
11/07/2019

Silhouette artist Jean Comerford cuts delightful heirloom-quality portraits that make a wonderful gift! Appointments are available at the Concord Museum 11am to 3pm this Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. For more information and to reserve a seating. www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 x216. #concordmuseum#silhouettecameo #holidaygifts

For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic lead...
11/06/2019

For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. Join us for a conversation with Susan Ware, Honorary Women's Suffrage Historian at Radcliffe's Singer Library, and historian Ellen Fitzpatrick as they uncover a much broader and more diverse story of the women who worked tirelessly insisting on their full right to citizenship. Susan Ware's new book "Untold Stories: Why They Marched" will be available for signing and purchase in partnership with the @concordbookshop.Thursday, Nov.7, 7:00pm to 8:30pm. $5 Members; $10 Non-member. Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum.Reservations www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 x229
#concordmuseum #womensuffrage #Radcliffe #leagueofwomenvoters #concordbookshop

Grand Opening of Concord Museum
10/21/2019

Grand Opening of Concord Museum

Grand Opening of Concord Museum

"Our Paradise in Concord": How Hawthorne Found Happiness. Join us tonight! Thursday, October 3 at 7:00pm at Concord Muse...
10/03/2019

"Our Paradise in Concord": How Hawthorne Found Happiness. Join us tonight! Thursday, October 3 at 7:00pm at Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum. Nathaniel Hawthorne cherished his years at the Old Manse, where he and his
wife Sophia lived from 1842 to 1845. John Frederick Bell, professor of history at Assumption College, will uncover how Hawthorne's adopted home shaped his worldview. #concordma #concordmuseum #Hawthorne #OldManse #AssumptionCollege #houseofthesevengables

Film Screening of " Nature: A Walking Play" (Tiger lion Arts) tonight, Wednesday, September 25, 6:30pm in the Concord Mu...
09/25/2019

Film Screening of " Nature: A Walking Play" (Tiger lion Arts) tonight, Wednesday, September 25, 6:30pm in the Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum. Free. Reserve online www.concordmuseum.org In partnership with The Old Manse. #concordma #concordmuseum #HenryDavidThoreau #ralphwaldoemerson

The British regulars are coming!! Join the Concord Museum for a "Walking Tour Along Battle Road" this Saturday, Septembe...
09/20/2019

The British regulars are coming!! Join the Concord Museum for a "Walking Tour Along Battle Road" this Saturday, September 21 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Visitors will follow in Paul Revere's footsteps as we retrace the journey he took on horseback the night of April 18, 1775 to warn the colonists. First-person interpreters playing Concord residents who were eyewitnesses to that fateful night will also be there! Members $5 Non-members $10. Meet at the Hartwell Tavern Parking Lot at the Minute Man National Historical Park. Register online www.concordmuseum.org. #concordma #concordmuseum #paulrevere #walkingtour #reverehotelbostoncommon

Another fascinating Concord Museum Forum is scheduled for tomorrow evening:"Helen Thoreau's Abolitionist Scrapbooks"Midd...
09/11/2019

Another fascinating Concord Museum Forum is scheduled for tomorrow evening:
"Helen Thoreau's Abolitionist Scrapbooks"
Middlebury College professor Will Nash discusses what can be learned about Helen Louisa Thoreau and Concord through the abolitionist scrapbooks she kept - chronicling the events of the 1840's.
7:00pm; on Thursday, 9/19, $10; $5 Members; by reservation.

Apples have been the center of the New England harvest since the British first brought seeds and cuttings across the Atl...
09/07/2019

Apples have been the center of the New England harvest since the British first brought seeds and cuttings across the
Atlantic in the 17th Century. Participate in hands-on programming and contribute to our community art mural in Celebrate the Apple Day! Hurry to the Museum to get a flavor of the harvest before it runs out! Free until 4pm today at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center. #applepie #applecider #concordmuseum

Concord Museum's staff took a few minutes to pose for this pic during our recent #FreeFunFriday event! Over 612 visitors...
08/12/2019

Concord Museum's staff took a few minutes to pose for this pic during our recent #FreeFunFriday event! Over 612 visitors came to the Museum's Rasmussen Education Center to enjoy free hourly music, crafts, and programs thanks to the @HighlandStreetFoundation. #concordma #concordmuseum #americanhistory #familyfun

Art and Action for Suffrage! As Women's Suffrage turns 100 come take a close look at some of the printed materials about...
08/08/2019

Art and Action for Suffrage! As Women's Suffrage turns 100 come take a close look at some of the printed materials about the movement from our Collection. Then design your own political button with a pithy slogan! Women gained the right to vote 100 years ago, but what are we still fighting for?! Saturday, August 10, 10am to 4pm. Appropriate for all ages. Free with admission.
#collection #concordmuseum #womenssuffrage

08/06/2019
Free Fun Friday Time Lapse

Time lapses when you’re having FUN!! Please enjoy this time-lapse video of our Free Fun Friday visitors creating a Community Mural on August, 2nd.

It really took a community!! Over 612 people came to the Concord Museum's Free Fun Friday event thanks to the @HighlandStreetFoundation. Also a special shout out to our volunteer Audeep Cariens who filmed this for us!

#concordma #concordmuseum #FreeFunFriday #Timelapse #community #mural

NEH Teacher's Workshop on Henry Thoreau
08/05/2019

NEH Teacher's Workshop on Henry Thoreau

One if by land, two if by sea....people are coming any way they can to Concord Museum's #freefunfriday today! While you ...
08/02/2019

One if by land, two if by sea....people are coming any way they can to Concord Museum's #freefunfriday today! While you are here be sure to see one of America's icons - Paul Revere's Lantern. And if you happen to be coming by car or by horseback there is plenty of free parking.
Thanks to @highlandstreetfoundation for sponsoring this great day! #paulrevere #collection #concordma #concordmuseum

Sweet!! Be part of our Community Wall at the Concord Museum's #Freefunfriday and see 100 Highlights from our Collection....
08/02/2019

Sweet!! Be part of our Community Wall at the Concord Museum's #Freefunfriday and see 100 Highlights from our Collection. It's all FREE today thanks to the @highlandstreetfoundation. #concordmuseum #community

We're sure that Henry David Thoreau would have loved this! Make your own creation at the Thoreau Cabin & Forest crafts t...
08/02/2019

We're sure that Henry David Thoreau would have loved this! Make your own creation at the Thoreau Cabin & Forest crafts table. It's all part of @highlandstreetfoundation's #Freefunfriday event today at the Concord Museum. #Thoreau #waldenwoods #concordma #concordmuseum #highlandstreetfoundation

We're weaving rainbows and making bracelets out of yarn! It's just one of the many fun activities today at the Concord M...
08/02/2019

We're weaving rainbows and making bracelets out of yarn! It's just one of the many fun activities today at the Concord Museum's #Freefunfriday! There is also music, games, crafts and plenty of parking too ! Thanks to the @highlandstreetfoundation for making this wonderful day possible! #concordma #concordmuseum #familyfun #highlandstreetfoundation

Our doors are open! And some of our Free Fun Friday visitors at the Concord Museum just got a chance to meet a Minute Ma...
08/02/2019

Our doors are open! And some of our Free Fun Friday visitors at the Concord Museum just got a chance to meet a Minute Man and learn first-hand what it was like on April 19, 1775! You don't want to miss Paul Revere's Lantern too! All activities FREE today thanks to @highlandstreetfoundation.

Come listen to "Wandering Laughter Folk Music Performances" tomorrow at the Concord Museum's Free Fun Friday event!There...
08/01/2019

Come listen to "Wandering Laughter Folk Music Performances" tomorrow at the Concord Museum's Free Fun Friday event!
There will fun activities throughout the day thanks to the @highlandstreetfoundation! For a complete list of activities go to www.concordmuseum.org
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Concord's Colonial and Revolutionary past is coming alive on August 2nd thanks to the @highlandstreetfoundation's Free F...
07/31/2019

Concord's Colonial and Revolutionary past is coming alive on August 2nd thanks to the @highlandstreetfoundation's Free Fun Friday! Learn about the "Wonders of Wool" and weave your own rainbow! Or meet a Minute man and then create something for our Community Mural. Activities all day long indoors and outside at the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center. #concordma #concordmuseum #Freefunfridays #familyfun

Join renowned scholar and author Robert Richardson as he shares his most recent reflections on Emerson, Thoreau, and Tra...
07/30/2019

Join renowned scholar and author Robert Richardson as he shares his most recent reflections on Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism. Wednesday, July 31, 7pm at Concord Museum's Franklin Lyceum. Reservations required. Members $5, Non-members $10. www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 x216 #Emerson #HenryDavidThoreau

Mark your calendar! This Friday, admission is free to the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center thanks to the @hig...
07/29/2019

Mark your calendar! This Friday, admission is free to the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center thanks to the @highlandstreetfoundation's Free Fun Fridays! We have games, entertainment, and activities throughout the day! For a complete schedule www.concordmuseum.org.
#FreeFunFridays #concordmuseum

Baby, it's cold inside! Drop by the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center to have some fun and beat the summer hea...
07/22/2019

Baby, it's cold inside! Drop by the Concord Museum's Rasmussen Education Center to have some fun and beat the summer heat! Free guided tours included with admission. Stay cool now through September 2nd, 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm daily. #familyfun #guidedtours #concordmuseum #concordma #daytrip

Again the Concord Museum is very excited to announce that we are among 100 institutions across Massachusetts participati...
06/27/2019

Again the Concord Museum is very excited to announce that we are among 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free Fun Friday initiative, thanks to our partnership with the @highlandstreetfoundation. Admission will be free on Friday, August 2, 2019. We look forward to seeing you! For a complete Concord Museum schedule of activities: www.concordmuseum.org and for more info, visit: http:// www.highlandstreet.org/programs /free-fun-fridays

Summer is here! The thrill of summer is timeless, whether it's 1794 (like this engraving) or 2019. This hand-colored eng...
06/27/2019

Summer is here! The thrill of summer is timeless, whether it's 1794 (like this engraving) or 2019. This hand-colored engraving is from the Concord Museum's collection and is one of four prints illustrating James Thomson's poem "The Seasons".
Come chill at the Concord Museum this summer with us. We're open 7 days a week. #summer #concord #concordmuseum

This Anti-Slavery Song Book autographed by Henry David Thoreau was printed in Boston in 1842 and is part of the Concord ...
06/10/2019

This Anti-Slavery Song Book autographed by Henry David Thoreau was printed in Boston in 1842 and is part of the Concord Museum Collection. Anti-Slavery societies produced song books in the mid-nineteenth century as part of the abolitionist movement. Coinciding with the celebration of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, join the Concord Museum for walking tour to introduce you
to the Concord men and women who played a crucial role in the abolitionist movement leading up to the Civil War. Members $5; Non-members $10. Reserve online www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 ext.216

Treat your Dad to a special Father's Day with a Beer Talk & Tasting at historic Wright Tavern on Sunday, June 16, 3:00pm...
06/07/2019

Treat your Dad to a special Father's Day with a Beer Talk & Tasting at historic Wright Tavern on Sunday, June 16, 3:00pm to 5:00pm.Join the conversation with Mike Smith author of New York Times best selling book, "The Comic Book Story of Beer".
Following the talk, enjoy a selection of beers from @aeronautbrewing. $10 Members; $15 Non-members. Registration online or call 978-369-9763 x216. #FathersDay #beer

Volunteer Appreciation Spring Social
06/05/2019

Volunteer Appreciation Spring Social

Volunteer Appreciation Spring Social

Summer is almost here! Starting June 15th the Concord Museum will be open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 4:00pm! There's ...
06/04/2019

Summer is almost here! Starting June 15th the Concord Museum will be open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 4:00pm! There's free parking in our adjacent lot and free guided tours with admission. Be sure to check out all our upcoming special events and join us for some summertime fun! #welcome

What a perfect Father's Day gift! The Concord Museum is hosting a special Father's Day Beer Talk &Tasting at the histori...
06/03/2019

What a perfect Father's Day gift! The Concord Museum is hosting a special Father's Day Beer Talk &Tasting at the historic Wright Tavern on Sunday, June 16th! Join us for a conversation with Mike Smith, author of "The Comic Book Story of Beer" and head brewer for @aeronautbrewing. Following the talk, enjoy a selection of beers from Aeronautical Brewing's tap room. Registration required; online www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763 ext.216 #Fathersday

Homemade butter anyone? Learn to cook and prepare an authentic colonial breakfast. Historian Laura Ziman will demonstrat...
05/31/2019

Homemade butter anyone? Learn to cook and prepare an authentic colonial breakfast. Historian Laura Ziman will demonstrate how to make scones, biscuits, and homemade strawberry jam.
After the presentation sample the delicious treats and take home copies of these popular 18th century recipes. Sunday, June 9, 10:00 am. Fun for all ages. Reserve online www.concordmusem.org

We invite everyone to participate in our celebration of 30 years of the best of Concord gardening! And don't miss our ev...
05/30/2019

We invite everyone to participate in our celebration of 30 years of the best of Concord gardening! And don't miss our ever popular Pop-up Shops. Concord Museum's 30th Annual Garden Tour is on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1, 2019. Purchase tickets online or at the Museum.

Gardener's do know the best dirt - and so will you! Join us for a fun day touring seven gorgeous gardens and one ribbon ...
05/19/2019

Gardener's do know the best dirt - and so will you! Join us for a fun day touring seven gorgeous gardens and one ribbon garden during the Concord Museum's 30th Annual Garden Tour on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2019. Be sure to reserve your tickets before May 26th to get your Early Bird discount! www.concordmuseum.org

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.

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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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