Concord Museum

The Concord Museum is a museum of local history located at 200 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts, USA, and best known for its collection of artifacts from authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. It is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged.

Founded in 1886, the museum's collections started around 1850. Few collections of early Americana are as old or well documented. Its most notable items and collections include:

  • The "one if by land, and two if by sea" lantern, said to be hung in the Old North Church in 1775, and immortalized in the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • American Revolution artifacts including powder horns, muskets, cannonballs, and fifes
  • A recreation of Ralph Waldo Emerson's study, including his books and furnishings, arranged as at his death in 1882.
  • The world's largest collection of Thoreau possessions (over 250 objects), including the bed, desk, and chair from his cabin at Walden Pond.

The museum's collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century decorative arts includes furniture, clocks, looking glasses, textiles, ceramics, and metalware. Most displayed objects are arranged in the following period settings:

  • Early 18th-Century Chamber - a principal room circa 1720 in the house of a prominent Concord citizen.
  • Mid 18th-Century Chamber - with tea table and ceramics, silver, etc., as well as period furnishings including high chest, dressing table, and desk.
  • Early 19th-Century Chamber - typical period furnishings.
  • 19th-Century Parlor, Set for Dining - a dining room furnished to Neoclassical style.

Other museum collections include Native American stone tools, Puritan household goods, lyceum and cattle show posters, clocks and other machinery manufactured in Concord, and works by sculptor Daniel Chester French.

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