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 +
    468 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    311 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    241 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    195 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    159 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    127 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • Battleship Cove +
    92 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    85 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    75 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    74 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Naumkeag +
    65 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    59 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
    52 saves

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    45 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    41 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    41 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth Rock +
    41 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Salem Museum +
    39 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    37 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

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