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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    254 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

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

    Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library

    Boston

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
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    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    1,367 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation +
    3 saves

    Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    Waltham

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    31 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
    3 saves

    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

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

    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

    Boston

  • Eustis Estate +
    0 saves

    Eustis Estate

    Milton

  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
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    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • The Gibson House Museum +
    17 saves

    The Gibson House Museum

    Boston

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    304 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
    8 saves

    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum +
    47 saves

    John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Boston

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
    44 saves

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
    45 saves

    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
    21 saves

    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    11 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Museum of African American History +
    81 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • My Art Boston +
    3 saves

    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

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