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 +
    787 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    564 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    458 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    369 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    317 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    213 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    147 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Battleship Cove +
    141 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    139 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    127 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Plymouth Rock +
    120 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    105 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    104 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    97 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    81 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Salem Museum +
    80 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
    71 saves

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • Old South Meeting House +
    70 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    65 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

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