The Project

At the Center of Revolution

The Concord Museum stands at the center of the remarkable revolutionary legacy of Concord, Massachusetts. To realize the full potential of this extraordinary place, we are enhancing our facilities and sustaining our future to provide transformative experiences of history to new and broader audiences. While our vision has expanded, our mission remains the same: to show how a town shaped a nation and to make Concord’s past relevant to the present.

REVOLUTIONIZING the way we learn history…

Supporting our mission with a new Education Center

Object-based learning is at the core of the Museum’s education programs, which serve more than 12,000 school children every year from communities near and far. Hands-on approaches help make history at once familiar and profound. The Paul Revere’s Ride initiative makes these transformative learning experiences available to students in Lowell, Lawrence, and Everett free of charge. The past five years have seen a 76% increase in school programs, while participation in the Museum’s public programs for all ages has doubled. Increased programming has stretched the Museum’s physical space and educational resources well beyond capacity. A new 12,900 square foot Education Center will enable us to meet current demand and plan for future growth, including increased collaborations and sharing space with other community organizations.

Concord Museum Family Trees
Group reading of 'Where the Wild Things Are'
Girls having a tea party
Colonial period dressed woman spinning yarn
Kids learning woodoworking at the Concord Museum
Hands on in the Monroe Gallery at Concord Museum
Group of kids posing
Girls playing with sand
Boy dressed up as colonial drummer

TRANSFORMING your visit…

Developing a dynamic new visitor experience

Implementation of the Museum’s campus master plan will address critical infrastructure needs and provide visitors with the amenities they expect from a world-class museum. The new Gateway to Concord experience, a welcoming and informative orientation area, will encourage visitors from near and far to discover Concord’s historical treasures. Gallery space will be increased by 28%, enabling the Museum to display more of our nationally significant collection. The new History Learning Center will allow for innovative learning directly from objects in the collection. Campus improvements and a new parking layout will create an outdoor event court, more than twice the number of parking spaces, a safe bus drop-off, and pedestrian and vehicle access to Lexington Road.

Child reading 'Life in the woods' by Walden

ENSURING the future…

Celebrating our shared history

The Campaign for the Concord Museum aims to preserve and promote Concord’s revolutionary contributions to America and the world. New exhibitions and educational programs will bring these ideals and struggles to life. By illustrating how ordinary people have done the extraordinary throughout history, the Museum invites visitors to consider what their mark on society will be.

Now, more than ever, the Concord Museum has a vital role to play in introducing people to the enduring values of freedom, self-determination, and civic commitment forged in Concord. But our mission does not end there. Preserving and promoting Concord’s legacy means providing for its future. Financial sustainability is critical to the Museum’s continued success. Securing resources in the form of endowment will allow the Museum to provide invaluable learning experiences to new generations for many years to come.

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Upgraded Visitor Experience

Reimagines how visitors encounter Concord's history

Gateway to Concord Experience

Introduces the town and its many historic and cultural sites

Increased Gallery Space by 28%

Creates several modern and dramatic galleries to showcase our permanent collections

Enhanced Campus

Creates several modern and dramatic galleries to showcase our permanent collections

Education Center

Creates 4 dedicated learning spaces, including a new Hands-On History Gallery for looking closely at objects

Expanded Meeting Hall

Allows us to offer more community programming and share space with other organizations in a state-of-the-art facility

Improved Parking

More than doubles the number of spaces in our lot and provides a safer loading area for school buses