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 +
    1,145 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    873 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    766 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    568 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    480 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    321 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    236 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Plymouth Rock +
    233 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    215 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Battleship Cove +
    207 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    203 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    174 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    160 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    148 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Salem Museum +
    132 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    127 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Old South Meeting House +
    109 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    108 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    104 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

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