You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

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  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Patriot's Day, Minute Man National Park

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  • Plimoth Plantation +
    850 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth Rock +
    410 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Battleship Cove +
    296 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    256 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    156 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Burial Hill +
    142 saves

    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    136 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
    80 saves

    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers, +
    68 saves

    Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Plymouth

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    24 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Hedge House Museum +
    21 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
    15 saves

    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    11 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

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

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

  • Alden House Historic Site +
    8 saves

    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    6 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
    6 saves

    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center +
    6 saves

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

  • Mattapoisett Museum +
    2 saves

    Mattapoisett Museum

    Mattapoisett

  • The Paragon Carousel +
    2 saves

    The Paragon Carousel

    Hull

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