You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600s. Or experience life in the 1830s over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution or listen for the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Sit where the giants of the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution.

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  • The Telephone Museum, Inc.

    Waltham

    When you were a kid, did you take stuff apart just to find out what was inside? Today's stuff is... more

  • Thomas Crane Public Library

    Quincy

    Built in 1881 by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson - who also designed Boston's famed Trinity Church - the Thomas Thomas... more

  • Three Sisters Lights

    Eastham

    Est. in 1838. Grounds open only. more

  • Trinity Church

    Boston

    Trinity Church is a masterpiece of American architecture. Dedicated in 1877, Trinity presented a bold, fresh new face and feeling for... more

  • Tyringham Cobble

    Tyringham

    A geologic wonder, the Cobble was born from massive tectonic movements that shifted ancient strata, leaving an exposed underbelly of... more

  • Untapped History

    Newburyport

    Who are we? Untapped History is a brand new historical walking tour company dedicated to sharing the unique and unconventional... more

  • 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

  • Walden Woods Project

    Lincoln

    The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental... more

  • Ward Reservation

    Andover

    Trails link three major hills - Shrub, Boston, and Holt - and looking out from their summits you can see... more

  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

  • Wenham Museum

    Wenham

    Family-friendly museum of social history exploring how we have lived, worked, dressed, and played from the 17th century to today.... more

  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

  • West Dennis Light

    West Dennis

    Est. in 1855; lighthouse is now a restaurant and inn. more

  • The West End Museum

    Boston

    The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture... more

  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead

    Cummington

    The serene vista of the Westfield River Valley that inspired one of America's greatest poets. The Homestead's pastoral landscape, largely... more

  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

  • Winnekenni Castle

    Haverhill

    Winnekenni Castle is located in the over 700-acre Winnekenni Park Conservation Area, overlooking Kenoza Lake, in Haverhill. more

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

    Salem

    Reenactment of witch trial; dungeon tour. more

  • Witch History Museum

    Salem

    Historically-accurate untold stories of 1692; live presentation and guided tour. more

  • Worcester Historical Museum

    Worcester

    Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles,... more

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