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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  • Hancock Shaker Village

    Pittsfield

    Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum. Our mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve... more

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  • Harwich Historical Society & Brooks Academy Museum

    Harwich

    Explore the history of Harwich in this historic former school building featuring an exhibit on the famed bird carver A.... more

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  • Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

    The 1809 Hedge House, built and lived in by Mayflower descendants, features unusual octagonal rooms and meticulously restored interiors. Guided tours... more

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  • Henderson House

    Weston

    The Henderson House is a hidden gem, nestled in the heart of Weston, just 20 minutes from downtown Boston. This beautiful... more

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens

    Falmouth

    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • Historic 1699 Winslow House and Cultural Center

    Marshfield

    The historic 1699 Winslow House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the ancestral home of the founding family... more

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  • Jason Russell House and The Smith Museum

    Arlington

    Jason Russell House is the site of the bloodiest battle on April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. Adjacent... more

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  • Keep Homestead Museum

    Monson

    Come spend a summer afternoon. Create your own sundae, and tour the air-conditioned museum that has one of the largest... more

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  • King Caesar House

    Duxbury, Ma

    This Federal mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston II, known as "King Caesar" for his worldwide preeminence... more

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  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfasat/ Museum

    Fall River

    Site of infamous axe murders of 1892; Fall River and Lizzie Borden memorabilia; tours. more

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  • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

    Concord

    Where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set the beloved classic, Little Women, in 1868. Tours, education programs, special events offered. Concord... more

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  • Martha's Vineyard Museum

    Edgartown

    The Martha's Vineyard Museum is dedicated to furthering an interest in, experience of, and appreciation for the history and culture... more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Chestnut Hill, MA

    Chestnut Hill

    Tour this large stone building, originally built for a Boston family in the 1880s. The last home of Mary Baker... more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Stoughton, MA

    Stoughton

    Visit the farmhouse and shoe shop of Alanson and Sally Wentworth, who welcomed Mary Baker Eddy (the discoverer of Christian... more

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  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

    The Mary Baker Eddy Library provides public access and context to original materials and educational experiences about Mary Baker Eddy's... more

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  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • Museum of Printing

    North Andover

    Printing has been the predecessor to changes in civilization. Gutenberg's invention of movable type spread religion, improved printing press' fostered... more

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  • Nathan and Mary Johnson House

    New Bedford

    First free home of Frederick Douglass and a National Historical site for the role of African american entrepreneurs, Nathan and... more

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  • Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House

    Duxbury

    Acquired by the Society in 1997 through a community fundraising effort, the Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House is perhaps the most architecturally... more

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  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

    The National Black Doll Museum houses 5000 dolls of color. There are 7permanent galleries and one rotating gallery. it is not... more

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