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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  • New England Pirate Museum

    Salem

    Colonial seaport, pirate cave, and 60 life-size pirates including notorious captains Kidd and Blackbeard. more

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  • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

    Concord

    Where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set the beloved classic, Little Women, in 1868. Tours, education programs, special events offered. Concord... more

    + 25 saves
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Boston

    The only Presidential Library in New England and a "unique to Boston" experience. Immerse yourself in JFK's thousand... more

    + 21 saves
  • Trinity Church in the City of Boston

    Boston

    Trinity Church is a masterpiece of American architecture. Dedicated in 1877, Trinity presented a bold, fresh new face and feeling for... more

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  • Salem's 13 Ghosts

    Salem

    3-D Haunted House in October Salem Time Machine- 3-D Journey thru Salem from 1600 to the present Walking Ghost Tours Walking... more

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  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfasat/ Museum

    Fall River

    Site of infamous axe murders of 1892; Fall River and Lizzie Borden memorabilia; tours. more

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  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • 1869 Schoolhouse Museum - Eastham Historical Society

    Eastham

    1869 one-room schoolhouse as it was in the 1930s; attached museum with school memorabilia, local, fishing industry, whaling and military artifacts.... more

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  • Concord Museum

    Concord

    History galleries and period rooms; Revere's "one if by land..." signal lantern; Thoreau's belongings from Walden Pond; Emerson's... more

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  • Martha's Vineyard Museum

    Edgartown

    The Martha's Vineyard Museum is dedicated to furthering an interest in, experience of, and appreciation for the history and culture... more

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  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

    Lenox

    Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed... more

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  • 1749 Spooner House

    Plymouth

    1749 house occupied by five generations of Spooner family; furnished entirely with family heirlooms. Open Thurs & Fri, 2-6pm; Sat 10... more

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  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

    Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors... more

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens

    Falmouth

    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum

    Dennis

    Home of man for whom town of Dennis was named; artifacts of maritime and whaling history in 1736 saltbox home; children's... more

    + 6 saves
  • Captain Edward Penniman House

    Eastham

    1868 home of a wealthy whaling captain and his family more

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  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    Chatham

    Restored depot houses,1910 caboose, and 10,000 models, photographs, and relics. more

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  • Historic 1699 Winslow House and Cultural Center

    Marshfield

    The historic 1699 Winslow House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the ancestral home of the founding family... more

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  • New England Quilt Museum

    Lowell

    The New England Quilt Museum, at the heart of America's textile region, is the only institution in the northeast devoted... more

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  • Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society

    Quincy

    The Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society takes you through more than 400 years of some of America's richest, most... more

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