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.

  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Patriot's Day, Minute Man National Park

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  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
    25 saves

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    24 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    23 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • MASS MoCA +
    23 saves

    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

  • Naumkeag +
    22 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    21 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    21 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Cape Kayaking +
    20 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • The Old Manse +
    20 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Old South Meeting House +
    19 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    18 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    18 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • Salem Museum +
    18 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    17 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Higgins Armory Museum +
    17 saves

    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

  • Museum of African American History +
    16 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Nauset Light +
    16 saves

    Nauset Light

    Eastham

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    16 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    16 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum +
    16 saves

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

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