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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    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
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    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
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    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
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    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
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    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Old South Meeting House +
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    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Old State House +
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    Old State House

    Boston

  • USS Constitution +
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    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

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

    Quincy

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

    Boston

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

    Cambridge

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
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    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

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

    Waltham

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

    Quincy

  • Nichols House Museum +
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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

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

    Boston

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

    Quincy

  • 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

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    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

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