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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  • Higgins Armory Museum +
    17 saves

    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

  • Salem Museum +
    17 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    16 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    15 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Museum of African American History +
    14 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
    13 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

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

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    12 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    10 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University +
    10 saves

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    10 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    8 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • American Textile History Museum +
    7 saves

    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    7 saves

    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    7 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Springfield Museums +
    7 saves

    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • Historic Deerfield +
    6 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
    5 saves

    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
    5 saves

    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
    5 saves

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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