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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    Museum of Russian Icons

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  • Maritime Gloucester +
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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Historic Tours of Plymouth - Jenney Museum +
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    Historic Tours of Plymouth - Jenney Museum

    Plymouth

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

    Waltham

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    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • USS Constitution +
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    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

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    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

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    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

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    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

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    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

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    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

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    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

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    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

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    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

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