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 +
    1,642 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum +
    1,283 saves

    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    1,113 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    809 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    720 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village +
    440 saves

    Old Sturbridge Village

    Sturbridge

  • Plymouth Rock +
    373 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    357 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    334 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    286 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • Battleship Cove +
    279 saves

    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    236 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Salem Museum +
    203 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Naumkeag +
    201 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    172 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    171 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Old South Meeting House +
    160 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    151 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    138 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Old State House +
    132 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

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