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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  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    37 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Museum of African American History +
    36 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Old South Meeting House +
    35 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    34 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

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

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    25 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    25 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Historic Deerfield +
    23 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • The Old Manse +
    23 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Higgins Armory Museum +
    22 saves

    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
    18 saves

    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
    17 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

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

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    17 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Burial Hill +
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    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
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    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    14 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
    14 saves

    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • Springfield Museums +
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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    12 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

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