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  • October 01, 2014 - March 31, 2015

People spend approximately one third of their lives in bed, a simple fact reflected in the rich variety of household objects related to sleep. What goes on behind the closed doors of the bedroom raises interesting questions of privacy, comfort, intimacy, and fashion that can be examined through objects as varied as bedsteads and coverlets, nightclothes and cradles, tin tubs and mahogany high chests.

Drawing upon the expertise of Consulting Curators Jane and Richard Nylander and their groundbreaking research to explore the material culture of sleeping,  as well as the Concord Museum's exceptional collection and loans from several New England institutions, this unusual exhibition will uncover the complex role sleep has played in everyday life throughout American history.

In association with Behind Closed Doors, the Museum will also present, Good Night, Sleep Tight: Art from Children's Literature, featuring over twenty original illustrations from classic and contemporary children's books woven around the themes of bedtime, dreams, and lullabies.

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