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 +
    27 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
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    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • Salem Time Machine 3D +
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    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • 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

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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

    Plymouth

  • American Textile History Museum +
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    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Maritime Gloucester +
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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Nichols House Museum +
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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

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

    Sutton

  • Ipswich Museum +
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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
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    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
    11 saves

    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
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    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
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    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Gedney House Museum +
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    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Willowdale Estate +
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    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
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    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • The Plumbing Museum +
    10 saves

    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

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