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

    Athol

  • Lexington Historical Society +
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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

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

    Waltham

  • Marblehead Museum +
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    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
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    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

  • Maritime Gloucester +
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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
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    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
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    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

  • Mattapoisett Historical Society +
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    Mattapoisett Historical Society

    Mattapoisett

  • 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 +
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    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Museum of African American History +
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    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage +
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    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
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    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • My Art Boston +
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    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
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    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • Nantucket Whaling Museum +
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    Nantucket Whaling Museum

    Nantucket

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

    Mansfield

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    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

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