Created in 1886, the Concord Museum serves as a highly popular center of cultural enjoyment for the region and also as a gateway to the town of Concord for visitors from around the world. This is the "one place where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life," all through an inspiring collection of historic, literary, and decorative arts treasures. This center educates visitors of all ages about the history of Concord and its influence in American political, literary, and cultural life. Its nationally significant collection serves as a catalyst for the ever-changing exhibits, classroom learning, extension programs, and various publications. Before or after your visit here be sure to watch the apt Exploring Concord documentary.
Once here your group will be able to take a self-guided or docent-led tour and see all the highlights of the museum, from the Native American stone tools from 4,000 to 7,000 years ago, to the 1775 Paul Revere Lantern. Learn about the shot heard round the world as well as the lives of many writers of literary renaissance. See Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study as well as Henry David Thoreau’s bed, desk, and chair! After you’ve explored all you can in the museum head over to the Concord Museum Shop to browse the fine selection of nature and history related books, cards, jewelry, accessories, decor, and toys!