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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  • Willowdale Estate +
    12 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

  • African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History +
    11 saves

    African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History

    Nantucket

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
    11 saves

    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

  • The Plumbing Museum +
    11 saves

    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    10 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Hedge House Museum +
    9 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • The Stone House Museum +
    9 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

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

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

    Boston

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

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

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

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • Marblehead Museum +
    6 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
    6 saves

    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

  • L. S. Starrett Museum +
    5 saves

    L. S. Starrett Museum

    Athol

  • Nantucket Whaling Museum +
    5 saves

    Nantucket Whaling Museum

    Nantucket

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

    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    5 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    4 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Yiddish Book Center +
    4 saves

    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

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