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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    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

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

    Lenox

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    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

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    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

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    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

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    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

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    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

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    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

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    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

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    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

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    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

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    Keep Homestead Museum

    Monson

  • Hancock Shaker Village

    Pittsfield

    Home to the Shakers for more than 220 years, Hancock Shaker Village is now an outdoor history museum dedicated to preserving... more

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  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

    Lenox

    Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed... more

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  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

    Science, history, and the arts. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for... more

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    Pittsfield

    "Melville, Haunted" Join us this winter as Herman Melville returns to his Berkshire home to meet some spectral... more

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  • Bidwell House Museum

    Monterey

    Restored 1750 parsonage on 192 acres of historic grounds, with trails and gardens. Fully equipped colonial home with 18th-century furniture and decorative... more

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