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.

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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  • Gedney House Museum +
    4 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Gropius House +
    1 saves

    Gropius House

    Lincoln

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    41 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    70 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Higgins Armory Museum +
    20 saves

    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

  • Historic Deerfield +
    17 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    77 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Ipswich Museum +
    5 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Jenney House Museum - Historic Tours of Plymouth +
    7 saves

    Jenney House Museum - Historic Tours of Plymouth

    Plymouth

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

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

    Athol

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    1 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
    11 saves

    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
    3 saves

    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
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    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Millers River Environmental Center +
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    Millers River Environmental Center

    Athol

  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    54 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Museum of African American History +
    34 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage +
    1 saves

    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
    17 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

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