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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  • Adams National Historical Park +
    201 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

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

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

    Nantucket

  • Alden House Historic Site +
    5 saves

    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • Battleship Cove +
    243 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

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

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

    Gloucester

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    1 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
    15 saves

    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    1,067 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Burial Hill +
    103 saves

    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • Cape Ann Museum +
    3 saves

    Cape Ann Museum

    Gloucester

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
    86 saves

    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    20 saves

    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    21 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
    1 saves

    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
    2 saves

    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate +
    3 saves

    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

    Boston

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    28 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    53 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Fairhaven Academy Museum +
    0 saves

    Fairhaven Academy Museum

    Fairhaven

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    21 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

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