There’s reading about history. Then there’s experiencing history firsthand. And nowhere else provides opportunities to do the latter like Massachusetts.

Here you can stand on the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill; take in the hysteria of the witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum; stroll down the gas-lit cobblestone streets of New Bedford’s historic whaling district and visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum; celebrate democracy at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum; and see firsthand where all of the famous, and infamous, events that helped shape an entire nation took place.

For more information visit The New England Museum Association. A list of more than 400 museums and heritage sites from the New England region and their current exhibits.

  • Plimoth Plantation

  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    1,247 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    947 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    828 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    604 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    527 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    351 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    260 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Plymouth Rock +
    259 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    236 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Battleship Cove +
    223 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    194 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    177 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    163 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Salem Museum +
    144 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    135 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Old South Meeting House +
    122 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    119 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    113 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    112 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    104 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

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