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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  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center +
    4 saves

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    114 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Nichols House Museum +
    32 saves

    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • The Old Manse +
    70 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Old South Meeting House +
    133 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Old State House +
    101 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    384 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
    35 saves

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    591 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation +
    10 saves

    Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

    Boston

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    97 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology +
    0 saves

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

    Cambridge

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University +
    64 saves

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Phillips House Museum +
    37 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
    58 saves

    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    143 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    126 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    672 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • The Plumbing Museum +
    13 saves

    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    9 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

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