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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    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

    + 7 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

    + 10 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

    + 13 saves
  • Abiel Smith School/Museum of Afro-American History

    Boston

    First building constructed (1835) for the sole purpose of housing a black public school. Sits next to the African Meeting House... more

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  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex-Bourne Historical Society

    Bourne

    Replica of Pilgrim-Dutch trading post; windmill; 17th-century herb and wildflower gardens; Native American artifacts; picnic area. Salt works, Gray Gables... more

    + 0 saves
  • Aquinnah Cultural Center

    Aquinnah,

    Aquinnah Wampanoag 19th house museum. Exhibits, programs, special events that relate traditional, 19th century and contemporary culture and history. more

    + 1 saves
  • Artworks!

    Orleans

    A museum-like interactive exhibit of 1960's historical and cultural photography by Grammy Award winning photojournalist. His career began as the... more

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  • Atwood House Museum

    Chatham

    The mission of the Chatham Historical Society is to inform and educate present and future generations about the history and... more

    + 1 saves
  • Beneski Museum of Natural History

    Amherst

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  • Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    Pittsfield

    "Melville, Haunted" Join us this winter as Herman Melville returns to his Berkshire home to meet some spectral... more

    + 3 saves
  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

    Science, history, and the arts. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for... more

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  • Bidwell House Museum

    Monterey

    Restored 1750 parsonage on 192 acres of historic grounds, with trails and gardens. Fully equipped colonial home with 18th-century furniture and decorative... more

    + 3 saves
  • Boston National Historical Park

    Boston

    Explore historic Boston on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking trail stretching from the Boston Common to Bunker Hill in... more

    + 8 saves
  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

    + 3 saves
  • Captain Edward Penniman House

    Eastham

    1868 home of a wealthy whaling captain and his family more

    + 5 saves
  • Captain Gershom Bradford House

    Duxbury

    Built in 1808 by shipmaster Gershom Bradford, the house belonged to four generations of seafaring Bradfords before the last generation gave... more

    + 1 saves
  • Carpenter Museum

    Rehoboth

    The Carpenter Museum, Rehoboth's museum of local history, includes a 1700s reproduction house and post-and-beam barn. In addition to offering... more

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  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    Chatham

    Restored depot houses,1910 caboose, and 10,000 models, photographs, and relics. more

    + 7 saves
  • Cogswell's Grant

    Essex

    Extensive collection of American folk art including primitive paintings, Shaker boxes, painted furniture, and redware. more

    + 1 saves

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