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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  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
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    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
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    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
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    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

  • Nantucket Whaling Museum +
    36 saves

    Nantucket Whaling Museum

    Nantucket

  • African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History +
    20 saves

    African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History

    Nantucket

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
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    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

  • Harwich Historical Society at Brooks Academy Museum +
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    Harwich Historical Society at Brooks Academy Museum

    Harwich

  • Artworks! / Rowland Scherman Photographic Archives Museum +
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    Artworks! / Rowland Scherman Photographic Archives Museum

    Orleans

  • Nantucket Lightship Basket Musuem +
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    Nantucket Lightship Basket Musuem

    Nantucket

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