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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  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
    7 saves

    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum +
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    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

  • The Stone House Museum +
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    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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

    Petersham

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Marblehead Museum +
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    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
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    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

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

    Athol

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
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    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • 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

  • Lexington Historical Society +
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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
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    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • 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

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

    Gloucester

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
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    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • 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

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