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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  • Hancock Shaker Village


    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 History Museum


    Historically-accurate untold stories of 1692; live presentation and guided tour. more

    + 49 saves
  • New England Pirate Museum


    Colonial seaport, pirate cave, and 60 life-size pirates including notorious captains Kidd and Blackbeard. more

    + 34 saves
  • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House


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

    + 28 saves
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum


    The only Presidential Library in New England and a "unique to Boston" experience. Immerse yourself in JFK's thousand... more

    + 26 saves
  • Trinity Church in the City of Boston


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

    + 24 saves
  • Salem's 13 Ghosts


    3-D Haunted House in October Salem Time Machine- 3-D Journey thru Salem from 1600 to the present Walking Ghost Tours Walking... more

    + 21 saves
  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfasat/ Museum

    Fall River

    Site of infamous axe murders of 1892; Fall River and Lizzie Borden memorabilia; tours. more

    + 18 saves
  • Concord Museum


    History galleries and period rooms; Revere's "one if by land..." signal lantern; Thoreau's belongings from Walden Pond; Emerson's... more

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  • The Mission House


    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • 1869 Schoolhouse Museum - Eastham Historical Society


    1869 one-room schoolhouse as it was in the 1930s; attached museum with school memorabilia, local, fishing industry, whaling and military artifacts.... more

    + 13 saves
  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum


    Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed... more

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  • Martha's Vineyard Museum


    The Martha's Vineyard Museum is dedicated to furthering an interest in, experience of, and appreciation for the history and culture... more

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  • 1749 Spooner House


    1749 house occupied by five generations of Spooner family; furnished entirely with family heirlooms. Open Thurs & Fri, 2-6pm; Sat 10... more

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  • Berkshire Museum


    Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors... more

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens


    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum


    Home of man for whom town of Dennis was named; artifacts of maritime and whaling history in 1736 saltbox home; children's... more

    + 7 saves
  • Chatham Railroad Museum


    Restored depot houses,1910 caboose, and 10,000 models, photographs, and relics. more

    + 6 saves
  • Historic 1699 Winslow House and Cultural Center


    The historic 1699 Winslow House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the ancestral home of the founding family... more

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  • New England Quilt Museum


    The New England Quilt Museum, at the heart of America's textile region, is the only institution in the northeast devoted... more

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