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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  • The House of the Seven Gables +
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    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alden House Historic Site +
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    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
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    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate +
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    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

    Boston

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

    Oak Bluffs

  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center +
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    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
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    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
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    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

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

    Orleans

  • Boston National Historical Park

    Boston

    Explore historic Boston on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking trail stretching from the Boston Common to Bunker Hill in... more

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  • The International Museum of World War II

    Natick

    The Museum preserves, exhibits, and teaches the entire global story. It is the only museum in the world to do... more

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  • Storrowtown Village

    West Springfield

    Storrowton Village Museum is an authentic, recreated village of nine 18th and 19th century buildings from Massachusetts and New Hampshire,... more

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  • Old Colony History Museum

    Taunton

    Located at 66 Church Green in Taunton, Massachusetts, the Old Colony History Museum is home to an extensive collection of regional... more

    + 1 saves
  • Highfield Hall

    Falmouth

    Highfield Hall & Gardens is a dynamic and unique museum providing opportunities for education, entertainment and inspiration. The natural, historic,... more

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