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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  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Patriot's Day, Minute Man National Park

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    37 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
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    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Springfield Museums +
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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • Salem Time Machine 3D +
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    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
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    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
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    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
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    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • American Textile History Museum +
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    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
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    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

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    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

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    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
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    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

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    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Lexington Historical Society +
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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

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    Nantucket Whaling Museum

    Nantucket

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