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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    Hull

    Fort Revere Park is an 8+ acre historic site located atop Telegraph Hill in Hull Village. The Park contains the remains... more

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  • Joseph S. Kennedy Tours

    Boston

    Built in 1985, the fifty foot Joseph S. Kennedy was a Navy Utility Boat assigned to the U.S.S. Roosevelt.... more

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  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library, home of the Mapparium

    Boston

    There's a lot for families to do at The Mary Baker Eddy Library! Visit our exhibits, including the Mapparium, a... more

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  • Museum of Printing

    North Andover

    Printing has been the predecessor to changes in civilization. Gutenberg's invention of movable type spread religion, improved printing press' fostered... more

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  • The Old Grist Mill and Herring Run

    Brewster

    The Gristmill (c. 1873) uses the falling water of Stony Brook to power its waterwheel. Inside, the miller grinds corn on... more

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  • Three Sisters Lights

    Eastham

    Est. in 1838. Grounds open only. more

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  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

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  • Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    Pittsfield

    "Melville, Haunted" Join us this winter as Herman Melville returns to his Berkshire home to meet some spectral... 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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  • 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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  • The Crosby Mansion

    Brewster

    Standing tall on a rise of land with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay, the three-story mansion is also a... more

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  • Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

    Ashland

    Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, afirst-time collaboration among eleven museums and cultural institutions throughout the state, will highlight Massachusetts furniture-making,... 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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  • Minots Ledge Light

    Cohasset

    Est. in 1850; best views are from Sandy Beach. No public access. more

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  • The Path To Independence: Tour of the Freedom Trail

    Boston

    Our guides take visitors through the historic Freedom Trail of Boston. Tickets available every day at 10:30 or 11:30 more

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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • Rudd Art Museum

    North Adams

    Celebrating our 11th summer season! RUDD ART MUSEUM "A Chapel for Humanity" The chapel has been created by... more

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  • Storrowtown Village

    West Springfield

    Storrowton Village Museum is an authentic, recreated village of nine 18th and 19th century buildings from Massachusetts and New Hampshire,... 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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    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

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