Dive Into Our History
Take a historic journey through these immersive attractions and experiences, and imagine yourself back in time to experience our nation’s rich history, so much of which began right here in Massachusetts. Explore Plymouth, where the Pilgrims came ashore on the Mayflower in 1620, journey through Central Massachusetts to see what early life was like on New England farms at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and head to Western Massachusetts, the birthplace of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Along the way, you will hear the stories and explore the places that have shaped our American history.
- Western Massachusetts
Discover historic women and walk back in time
- Central Massachusetts
Explore history up close
- North of Boston
Celebrate Massachusetts revolutionary history
- Greater Boston
Follow the footsteps of American political and cultural heroes
- South of Boston
Experience the maritime history of Massachusetts
- Cape Cod & The Islands
Find the tallest all-granite structure in the U.S.
In Central Massachusetts, get an up-close look at what life — both rural and urban — was like in New England from the late 1700s to early 1800s. Through 20 immersive exhibits, the Samuel Slater Experience follows Slater’s journey from England to Webster, where he became known as the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution” for turning the town into a textile manufacturing powerhouse.
About 30 minutes west is the largest living history museum in New England, Old Sturbridge Village. You can easily spend an entire day visiting the homesteads and watching tradesmen perfect their crafts — costumed interpreters are on hand to answer questions and provide additional insight into the daily chores and goings on. It’s also a working farm complete with chickens, sheep, and goats.