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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  • Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest +
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    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
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    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

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

    Boston

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
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    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • L. S. Starrett Museum +
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    L. S. Starrett Museum

    Athol

  • The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library +
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    The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

  • Yiddish Book Center +
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    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

  • College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst +
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    College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst

    Amherst

  • Gropius House +
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    Gropius House

    Lincoln

  • Lexington Historical Society +
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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage +
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    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
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    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Millers River Environmental Center +
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    Millers River Environmental Center

    Athol

  • My Art Boston +
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    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

  • Go Boston Card

    Boston

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  • Hancock Shaker Village

    Pittsfield

    Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum. Our mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve... more

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  • Witch Dungeon Museum

    Salem

    Reenactment of witch trial; dungeon tour. more

    + 18 saves
  • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

    Concord

    Where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set the beloved classic, Little Women, in 1868. Tours, education programs, special events offered. Concord... more

    + 12 saves
  • Trinity Church in the City of Boston

    Boston

    Trinity Church is a masterpiece of American architecture. Dedicated in 1877, Trinity presented a bold, fresh new face and feeling for... more

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