MA Historical Attractions

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Boston, MA

Picture of a Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party

On the evening of December 16, 1773, well over a hundred people calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three ships (the Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor) tied up to Griffin’s Wharf. The ships were from London carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea. The Sons of Liberty were protesting the tea act and in ...
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Nantucket Historical Association – Whaling Museum & More

Picture of the Nantucket Historical Assocation Whaling Museum Weather Vane

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to preserve and interpret the history of the Island of Nantucket. Perhaps the most visible manifestation of that are the historical properties that the Society owns and operates. Whaling Museum Perhaps the most famous of the Nantucket Historical Society’s properties is the Whaling Museum. The home of the Whaling Museum is a ...
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Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Picture of the Covered Bridge at Old Strubridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with many re-creations of life in New England from about 1790 to 1840. The park was opened to the public on June 8, 1946. The park consists of the center of an 18th-century town. Throughout the town, there are many people in period clothing acting as people of that era ...
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Plimoth Plantation – Plymouth, Massachusetts

Picture of Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA

Plimoth Plantation is a living museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with many historical re-creations of life during the original Plimoth settlement. It was founded in 1947 and consisted of the “First House”. By the 1950s, it had expanded to the fortified village that is there today. Today, the entire museum consists of the Mayflower II, the 17th-Century English Village, and the ...
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Minuteman National Historic Park – Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln, Massachusetts

Picture of the Minute Man Statue at the North Bridge, Concord, MA

The Minuteman National Historic Park is located 22 miles northwest of Boston. It preserves numerous sites from the first battle of the American Revolution in the towns of Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln. The Minuteman National Historic Park allows you to experience the events that led up to the battles between the Minutemen and British Regulars on April 19, 1775 that ...
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Martha’s Vineyard Museum – Edgartown, MA

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum presents the history and the culture of the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Museum, at the corner of Cooke and School Streets in Edgartown, consists of numerous buildings including the 18th Century Thomas Cooke House, 1854 Fresnel Lens, Research Library, Carriage Shed of vehicles and vessels, replica Tryworks, and the Pease House with 3 rotating exhibitions ...
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Osterville Historical Museum – Osterville, Massachusetts

The Osterville Historical Museum preserves the history of the Village of Osterville. On the grounds of the Museum are the Cammett House (circa 1730), Captain Parker House (1824), Herbert F. Crosby Boat Shop (circa 1855), and a Jelly House (early 1900s). Exhibits include period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics, and seven full-sized wooden boats. In addition, the museum has an 18th ...
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John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum – Hyannis, Massachusetts

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum commemorates the life of JFK on Cape Cod with family and friends. The Museum features: Photographs spanning the years 1934 to 1963 A video about the president’s experiences on the Cape narrated by Walter Cronkite Oral histories The museum hosts a speakers series as well as other events. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum ...
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Pilgrim Monument and Museum – Provincetown, Massachusetts

Picture of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Located in Provincetown, MA, the Pilgrim Monument, at 252 feet tall, is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Its purpose is to commemorate the Pilgrims landing in the new world and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. The monument was founded in 1692 as the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association and is Cape ...
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Old State House Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

Picture of the Old State House, Boston, MA

Located at the intersection of Washington and State Streets, within walking distance of historic Faneuil Hall, and on the Freedom Trail, is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, the Old State House. Now a non-profit history museum, this government building, built in 1713, is the seat of the first elected legislature in the newly-formed Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In its ...
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