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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  • Museum of Printing

    North Andover

    Printing has been the predecessor to changes in civilization. Gutenberg's invention of movable type spread religion, improved printing press' fostered... more

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  • Rebecca Nurse Homestead

    Danvers

    Experience life in rural Salem Village on 27 beautiful acres! The 1678 home of Rebecca Nurse and her family has been period... more

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  • Boston National Historical Park

    Boston

    Explore historic Boston on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking trail stretching from the Boston Common to Bunker Hill in... more

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  • Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    Waltham

    Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, CRMII is on... more

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  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library, home of the Mapparium

    Boston

    There's a lot for families to do at The Mary Baker Eddy Library! Visit our exhibits, including the Mapparium, a... more

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  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

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  • Abiel Smith School/Museum of Afro-American History

    Boston

    First building constructed (1835) for the sole purpose of housing a black public school. Sits next to the African Meeting House... more

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  • Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    Pittsfield

    "Melville, Haunted" Join us this winter as Herman Melville returns to his Berkshire home to meet some spectral... more

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  • Bidwell House Museum

    Monterey

    Restored 1750 parsonage on 192 acres of historic grounds, with trails and gardens. Fully equipped colonial home with 18th-century furniture and decorative... more

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  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

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  • Carpenter Museum

    Rehoboth

    The Carpenter Museum, Rehoboth's museum of local history, includes a 1700s reproduction house and post-and-beam barn. In addition to offering... more

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  • College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst

    Amherst

    Societies throughout history have generated scholars, artists, writers and thinkers who have raised fundamental questions to better understand and express... more

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  • Forbes Library

    Northampton

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  • Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

    Ashland

    Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, afirst-time collaboration among eleven museums and cultural institutions throughout the state, will highlight Massachusetts furniture-making,... more

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  • Lafayette Durfee House

    Fall River

    Fall River's Link to American Revolution It is Fall River's only restored colonial house open for public tours. Every Room... more

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  • Mashpee Wampanoag Museum

    Mashpee

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum was a dream, then a passion of Amelia Peters Bingham, in which she saw the... more

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  • Museum of World War II

    Natick

    The Museum of World War II is a research and educational institution devoted to preserving and exhibiting the reality of... more

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  • Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House

    Duxbury

    Acquired by the Society in 1997 through a community fundraising effort, the Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House is perhaps the most architecturally... more

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  • Schooner Adventure

    Gloucester

    1926 National Historic Landmark, dory fishing Schooner Adventure is being restored as a memorial to Gloucester's fishing industry. This vessel is... more

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  • The Shirley-Eustis House

    Boston

    Royal Governor William Shirley's Georgian mansion is the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial... more

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