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 Greater Boston, you can walk in the footsteps of American political and cultural heroes, including three of our nation’s presidents. Start your tour walking the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile, red brick path that connects 16 historical, social, and cultural attractions in the city’s downtown, North End, and Charlestown neighborhoods. Enrich your trip by exploring the sites on both the Black Heritage Trail and Women’s Heritage Trail: the Black Heritage Trail winds for 1.6 miles through Beacon Hill, linking 15 pre-Civil War homes, businesses, schools, and churches, while the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail is a series of 20 self-guided walking tours that explore the many different roles women have played throughout Boston history.
Then head south out of the city to the JFK Presidential Library & Museum, which chronicles the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and Adams National Historic Park, in Quincy where five generations of the Adams family lived, including President John Adams and his son, President John Quincy Adams.
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There’s much to explore at America’s oldest university, founded in 1636. Walk the hallowed grounds of Harvard Yard, or explore Harvard’s many museums and libraries. The Harvard Science Center’s Collection of Historical and Scientific Instruments is home to many rare treasures, including Galileo Galilei’s military compass, invented in 1597.