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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  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    40 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    40 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Springfield Museums +
    38 saves

    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

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

    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Phillips House Museum +
    36 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Salem Time Machine 3D +
    34 saves

    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
    34 saves

    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
    31 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • Nichols House Museum +
    30 saves

    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    27 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Ipswich Museum +
    25 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    21 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Nantucket Whaling Museum +
    21 saves

    Nantucket Whaling Museum

    Nantucket

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

    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

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

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Gedney House Museum +
    18 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
    15 saves

    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    15 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

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