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 +
    1,353 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    1,031 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    915 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    654 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    572 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    376 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    288 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Plymouth Rock +
    285 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    271 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Battleship Cove +
    237 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    224 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    196 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    177 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Salem Museum +
    161 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    151 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    138 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Old South Meeting House +
    130 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    119 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    110 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

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