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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  • Burial Hill +
    142 saves

    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
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    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Historic Deerfield +
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    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
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    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • USS Constitution +
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    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
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    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
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    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Fruitlands Museum +
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    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum +
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    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • The Old Manse +
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    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Museum of African American History +
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    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University +
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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • 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

  • Maritime Gloucester +
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    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
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    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
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    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

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    Higgins Armory Museum

    Worcester

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
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    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

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