You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

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Want to find more historical events across Massachusetts? Check out The History List.

  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Patriot's Day, Minute Man National Park

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  • Christmas in Salem

    Salem

    Join us for the oldest holiday house tour in the country, each year, in the first weekend of December. Historic... more

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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

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  • Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

    Exhibits of glass made in Sandwich from 1825 to 1888; Glassblowing demonstrations, multi-media theater presentation, The First Two Hundred Years in Sandwich.... more

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  • West Dennis Light

    West Dennis

    Est. in 1855; lighthouse is now a restaurant and inn. more

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  • African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History

    Nantucket

    Built in 1820s, pristinely restored with a coved ceiling reflecting its maritime heritage. National Historic Landmark, located in area formerly... more

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfasat/ Museum

    Fall River

    Site of infamous axe murders of 1892; Fall River and Lizzie Borden memorabilia; tours. more

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  • Three Sisters Lights

    Eastham

    Est. in 1838. Grounds open only. more

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  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

    Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors... more

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  • Captain Edward Penniman House

    Eastham

    1868 home of a wealthy whaling captain and his family more

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  • Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    Waltham

    Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, CRMII is on... more

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  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    Chatham

    Restored depot houses,1910 caboose, and 10,000 models, photographs, and relics. more

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  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Former home/office of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture; plans and photos of his firm's work. Closed... more

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens

    Falmouth

    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • Martha's Vineyard Museum

    Edgartown

    The Martha's Vineyard Museum is dedicated to furthering an interest in, experience of, and appreciation for the history and culture... more

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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... more

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  • Tyringham Cobble

    Tyringham

    A geologic wonder, the Cobble was born from massive tectonic movements that shifted ancient strata, leaving an exposed underbelly of... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

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  • 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum

    Dennis

    Home of man for whom town of Dennis was named; artifacts of maritime and whaling history in 1736 saltbox home; children's... more

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  • Bidwell House Museum

    Monterey

    Restored 1750 parsonage on 192 acres of historic grounds, with trails and gardens. Fully equipped colonial home with 18th-century furniture and decorative... more

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