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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  • Plymouth Rock +
    44 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum +
    6 saves

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

  • Salem Museum +
    42 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    17 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Salem Time Machine 3D +
    7 saves

    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    261 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
    15 saves

    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library +
    2 saves

    The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

  • Springfield Museums +
    15 saves

    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • The Stone House Museum +
    5 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    13 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum +
    32 saves

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
    5 saves

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Willowdale Estate +
    6 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
    4 saves

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    20 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Yiddish Book Center +
    2 saves

    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

  • 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum

    Dennis

    Home of man for whom town of Dennis was named; artifacts of maritime and whaling history in 1736 saltbox home; children's... more

    + 2 saves
  • 1749 Spooner House

    Plymouth

    1749 house occupied by five generations of Spooner family; furnished entirely with family heirlooms. Open Thurs & Fri, 2-6pm; Sat 10... more

    + 5 saves
  • 1869 Schoolhouse Museum - Eastham Historical Society

    Eastham

    1869 one-room schoolhouse as it was in the 1930s; attached museum with school memorabilia, local, fishing industry, whaling and military artifacts.... more

    + 5 saves

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