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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  • Plimoth Plantation +
    850 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth Rock +
    410 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • Battleship Cove +
    296 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    256 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    156 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Burial Hill +
    142 saves

    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    136 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
    80 saves

    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

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

    Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Plymouth

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    24 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Hedge House Museum +
    21 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
    15 saves

    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    11 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum +
    10 saves

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

  • Alden House Historic Site +
    8 saves

    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    6 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
    6 saves

    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center +
    6 saves

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

  • Mattapoisett Museum +
    2 saves

    Mattapoisett Museum

    Mattapoisett

  • The Paragon Carousel +
    2 saves

    The Paragon Carousel

    Hull

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