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.

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    239 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    121 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    84 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    76 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Paul Revere House +
    65 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    59 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    39 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Battleship Cove +
    38 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    37 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    36 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Worcester Art Museum +
    33 saves

    Worcester Art Museum

    Worcester

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
    25 saves

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    24 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    23 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Naumkeag +
    22 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    21 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    21 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • The Old Manse +
    20 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Old South Meeting House +
    19 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

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