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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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • 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

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

    Springfield

  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
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    Mansfield

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    Stockbridge

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
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    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Nichols House Museum +
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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

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    The Old Manse

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    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

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    Old State House

    Boston

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    Old Sturbridge Village

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    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

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    Paul Revere House

    Boston

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