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Gund Museum Day 2014

Gund Museum Day, a biannual tradition at CA, is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to spend an afternoon sampling the rich cultural scene in Boston and it's surrounding communities.  These opportunities include guided tours of world renowned museums and galleries ranging from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to Andover's Addison Gallery, with time for personal exploration and discovery. A first for this year's Museum Day will be the opportunity to share your experience with the rest of the community via the school's social media sites.


Images from the day



The Museum Day tradition at Concord Academy began in the mid-1990’s as a way to engage CA students with the renowned Boston cultural scene. This biennial field trip offers students, faculty, and staff intimate tours of Boston-area museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. Oftentimes students meet with museum curators behind-the-scenes, or visit area artists in their studios.

The biennial Studio Day event began in 2004 and is an extension of the Museum Day tradition. In lieu of afternoon classes, students, faculty, and staff travel together to dozens of Boston-area artists’ studios where they have the chance to engage with the artists in person, view their work, and learn more about the creative process. Artists have included traditional painters, sculptors, and photographers, as well as conceptual artists, documentary filmmakers, clothing and jewelry designers, metalsmiths, print and brand designers, a violinmaker, and an internationally renowned ceramic sculptor. In 2008, the CA community visited the Distillery, the Fort Point Arts Community, and the design firm, Continuum in Boston; the Brickbottom Artists Association, Vernon Street Studios, Joy Street Artists Studios, and Miller Street Studios in Somerville; the Waltham Mills Artist Association; ArtSpace–Maynard; and Emerson Umbrella in Concord.

Beginning in 2009, these distinctive events were renamed Gund Museum Day and Gund Studio Day in honor of Graham and Ann Gund P ’08, dedicated patrons of the arts at CA and in the metro-Boston area.


Venues and Signups

Students: Please click here to sign up for the venues.

Adults: Please click here to sign up for the venues.

Museum Details Website CA Campus Departure Location Depature time
Addison World-renowned museum respected for its extensive collection of American art. (Maintenance Barn) 1:15:00
Fuller Craft New England's home for contemporary craft. Brockton, MA (Steps of the SHAC) 1:15:00
Griffin Museum Griffin Museum of Photography, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the art of photography. Winchester, MA (Aloian Circle) 1:15:00
ICA Art museum and exhibit space dedicated solely to contemporary art. Boston, MA   1:15:00
Lowell Textile Elegance and beauty of finished textiles, featuring tools, machinery, and artifacts related to textile history.‎ (Aloian Circle) 1:15:00
MFA One of the most comprehensive art collections in the world. Boston, MA (Steps of the SHAC) 1:15:00
MIT Art, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and instruments documenting MIT's role in 19th- and 20th- century science and technology.‎ (Maintenance Barn) 1:15:00
Peabody Essex Collections exceed 2.4 million works of art and culture, may be considered one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States. (Outside Stu-Fac) 1:15:00
Peabody Harvard Presenting the incomparable collections of research scientists across Harvard University, it has a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it. (Outside Stu-Fac) 1:15:00
Rose Houses Brandeis University's outstanding collection of modern and contemporary New England art. Waltham, MA (Steps of the SHAC) 1:15:00
Worcester Art Houses over 35,000 works of art dating from antiquity to the present day, representing cultures from all over the world. (Aloian Circle) 1:15:00

Museum Day Exploration Project

This year we're inviting the CA community to share their Museum Day experience with the school as a whole by selectingone piece of work and sending it along to a community-wide online tapestry. 
More details on this project will be given at the start of Museum Day, but here's some quick tech tips that we all need to know to pull this off with success!
1. Save this email address to your phone's email contacts:​ ​ (Note the "+art" in that address)
2. On the day of the trip, find a piece of artwork and photograph it. Forward that image along to
3. Be sure to include one word that inspired you to select the work, placing that keyword in your email with a hashtag ahead of the word: i.e. #artrulz
"Hey, what about...?":
1. Don't have a phone with email capabilities? Borrow a friend's phone! 
2. Have you selected one of a few museums that have a "No Photo" policy? No worries! 
    You can always look up your artwork at home and email it along then!)
This handy QR Code adds this as a contact for your phone:
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That's it! Enjoy the day!
The Visual Arts Department