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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

This long weekend, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while making history as we also celebrate the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Thematically, if you’re on the look for some local happening, here’s a quick and easy guide to some events and activities across the state!

How about a visit to a local museum?

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, the Human Rights Film Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem takes place this Saturday, January 19 to Monday, January 21, with films beginning at 1 PM and 3:15 PM daily, bearing witness to human rights issues around the world, and empowering audiences to make a difference.

You can celebrate diversity and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Martin Luther King Day at the Children’s Museum in Easton this Monday from 10 AM – 4 PM, where you and your family can take part in developing your very own community in an interactive, city planning activity using Legos and various other materials. All Martin Luther Kind Day activities are free with admission to the Museum, which is $7.50 per person. For more information, call 508-230-3789.

South of Boston, on Monday, January 21, Battleship Cove in Fall River will feature a film of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as a fun filled, scavenger hunt throughout their historic vessels — all for the price of regular admission.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Open House featuring free admission, family art-making activities, performances, tours, and much more from 10 AM – 4:45 PM.

With the Presidential Inauguration also set to officially swear-in this Monday, for a look into the life of one of Massachusetts’ most-memorable Head of State’s, head over to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum located in Boston, where you’ll find portrayals of the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy’s 1000 days in office. Till then, feel free to take a virtual seat at the President’s desk within the Oval Office!

Winter fun, anyone?

For those interested in getting outdoors, maybe hitting the slopes, or discovering a new and unique, wintery activity within a specific Massachusetts region, our new Ski Local page is here to help! You’ll find a profile on each of our 12 fantastic ski areas — compete with conditions in real-time, and good-to-know, cool tips respective to each area; not to mention, a collection of additional winter-themed activities for those that aren’t interested in riding or skiing.

How do you plan to enjoy the weekend, while honoring MLK Day? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂

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