Animal Adventures at the Concord Museum
From prehistoric woolly mammoths to the Concord Town Cow, animals shape and reflect the history of the people of Concord. Be inspired by the furry, feathered, and fluffy creatures wild, tame, and magical that roam our town. Explore the history of Concord through animals in the Concord Museum’s Rasmussen Education Center this April Vacation Week!
Family Animal Tours
1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 P.M. daily, meet in the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum
Get out your binoculars! We’re going on a history hunt and we’re not going to stop until we find every creature hidden in the galleries. Tours are 20 minutes. All ages welcome.
Collection Management Highlight
2:00 P.M. daily, Sally Lanagan Classroom
What do you do when there are termites in eighteenth-century wooden furniture? Has a mouse ever scurried through collection storage? Talks are 15 minutes. All ages welcome.
Fireside Story Time: Mysteries of Walden Woods
1:30 and 2:30 P.M. daily, Deysher Family Classroom
What magical creatures did Henry David Thoreau and his young companion Louisa May Alcott find on their walks through the forests of Concord? Sit by the roaring colonial hearth and hear stories written by Louisa May Alcott of the magical creatures that you might find on your next nature walk if you listen carefully and look for the clues left by fairies! Stay for one story or for the full 30 minutes. All ages welcome.
Spinning Wool with Cluck and Baa Farms
On-going daily with related art-making activity, Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum
Meet the rabbits whose fluffy fur transforms into cozy clothes. Work with a master weaver through the process of making fabric from carding to spinning to weaving on a loom. All ages welcome.
Hands-On Stone Tools
On-going daily with related art-making activity, Musketaquid Gallery
What animals were in Concord 1,000 years ago? What about 10,000 years ago? Hold real stone tools and figure out how the people of Musketaquid lived and used animals to help their culture thrive. All ages welcome.
Animal Skin and Animal Fur
On-going daily with related art-making activity, Deysher Family Classroom
When English colonists came to Concord for the first time, they met animals and people that they had never seen before. The colonists brought farm animals on their boats all the way from England, which were new and unusual to the native people who had lived in this area for thousands of years. The different ways these two cultures used very different animals sometimes led to trade and friendship but sometimes caused misunderstanding and conflict. Look closely at Native American and English objects to find the similarities, differences, and opportunities for trade between the two cultures. All ages welcome.