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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    97 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Historic Deerfield +
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    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Burial Hill +
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    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
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    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Old State House +
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    Old State House

    Boston

  • Fruitlands Museum +
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    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
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    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

  • Museum of African American History +
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    Museum of African American History

    Boston

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

    Quincy

  • The Old Manse +
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    The Old Manse

    Concord

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

    Cambridge

  • USS Constitution +
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    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

  • Higgins Armory Museum +
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    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

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

    Orange

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Historic Tours of Plymouth - Jenney Museum +
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    Historic Tours of Plymouth - Jenney Museum

    Plymouth

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
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    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
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    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
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    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

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