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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  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    385 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
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    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

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

    Plymouth

  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

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

    Boston

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
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    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

  • Alden House Historic Site +
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    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
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    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
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    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate +
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    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

    Boston

  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center +
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    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

  • Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library +
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    Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library

    Boston

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
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    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • The Paragon Carousel +
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    The Paragon Carousel

    Hull

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    1 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Eastern States Exposition +
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    Eastern States Exposition

    West Springfield

  • Old Colony History Museum +
    1 saves

    Old Colony History Museum

    Taunton

  • Boston's Dreamland Wax Museum +
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    Boston's Dreamland Wax Museum

    Boston

  • Duxbury Rural and Historical Society +
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    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

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