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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  • Salem Museum +
    18 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Higgins Armory Museum +
    17 saves

    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

  • Museum of African American History +
    16 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    16 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    16 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum +
    14 saves

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
    13 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    12 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    10 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University +
    10 saves

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    10 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    8 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Springfield Museums +
    8 saves

    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • American Textile History Museum +
    7 saves

    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    7 saves

    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    7 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Historic Deerfield +
    6 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
    5 saves

    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Nichols House Museum +
    5 saves

    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
    5 saves

    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

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