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

    Petersham

  • Gedney House Museum +
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    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

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

    Fall River

  • Maritime Gloucester +
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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
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    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • 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

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
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    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Hedge House Museum +
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    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

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

    Athol

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
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    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Yiddish Book Center +
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    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

  • Lexington Historical Society +
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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Marblehead Museum +
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    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

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

    Boston

  • Gropius House +
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    Gropius House

    Lincoln

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

    Greenfield

  • Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation +
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    Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

    Boston

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

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    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

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