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Ralph Waldo Emerson House

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Address: 28 Cambridge Tpke, Concord, MA 01742-3700
Phone Number: 978 369 2236
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A Detailed, Delightful Tour!

The Emerson House is well-preserved. Tour guides are extraordinarily well-versed in the history of the home as well as the Emerson family's lives.....a fantastic and quaint stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Emerson House is well-preserved. Tour guides are extraordinarily well-versed in the history of the home as well as the Emerson family's lives.....a fantastic and quaint stop if you're in Concord. As our group of teens took several tours during our stay in the Boston area, this was at the top in terms of detail and bang for buck admissions-wise.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was a favorite. A nice break from all the military history in Concord. The museum guides know their subject well and the tour is far more interesting than I imagined it would be. Plan for 45 minutes.

Thank MJ M
Newton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were only in Concord for a couple of days, and I knew Emerson's house was the place to see. I love the Transcendentalists, so being at Emerson's house felt like sacred ground. Wish the tour guides were a little less scripted, but they were happy to answer questions. If you can, go to the Concord Museum right across the... More 

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Hawthorne, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

You need to visit this great author's house and appreciate where his amazing pieces of work took place.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Through the guided tour, you find out a great deal more about Emerson than you learn in school. The art work and artifacts are also intriguing.

Thank PandoraPS
Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Every visitor I send to the Emerson House enjoys the tour. This is one of the main features of Concord.

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Fullerton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

For Emerson fans there are much better venues, including his actual study at the Concord museum. The house is privately owned and crumbling before your eyes, literally, the walls woodwork and furnishings are crazed, cracked and emitting smells that are unwholesome. That such a place is not cared for, rather dingy and they have not even installed air conditioning to... More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We ended up walking around the outside of the house because tour hours were 11-3 the day we wanted to visit. We found this odd for a weekend, when many people are naturally out and about. Emerson was such a great inspiration to others during and after his lifetime, that it's a shame his home is not open to the... More 

Thank M H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Our tour guides here were very well informed and enthusiastic about RW Emerson and the history of this incredible home. Well worth the visit. Be sure to check for open days/times.

Thank nwalczak
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I found this house tour very interesting. To understand and realize that this house was where Emerson lived.

Thank Carolyn M

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