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

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

    Gloucester

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    1 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Cape Ann Museum +
    4 saves

    Cape Ann Museum

    Gloucester

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
    2 saves

    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    174 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Gedney House Museum +
    22 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Gropius House +
    9 saves

    Gropius House

    Lincoln

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    362 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Ipswich Museum +
    29 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    20 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Marblehead Museum +
    10 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    66 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • The Old Manse +
    79 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    105 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Phillips House Museum +
    42 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Salem Museum +
    205 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    48 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Salem Time Machine 3D +
    42 saves

    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    1,125 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Willowdale Estate +
    14 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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