List of museums in Massachusetts

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This list of museums in Massachusetts is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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1749 Court House and MuseumPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyLocal historyEarly Plymouth history, open seasonally
Abbot HallMarbleheadEssexNorth ShoreMaritimeOperated by the Marblehead Historical Commission, includes cases with local history displays and the Maritime Room Museum
Abiel Smith SchoolBostonSuffolkGreater BostonAfrican AmericanPart of Museum of Afro-American History, first public school for free blacks
Abigail Adams BirthplaceWeymouthNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite
Adams National Historical ParkQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housePreserves the homes of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, of U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain Charles Francis Adams, Sr., and of the writers and historians Henry Adams and Brooks Adams house
Addison Gallery of American ArtAndoverEssexMerrimack ValleyArtAmerican art, photography and decorative arts, part of Phillips Academy
African Meeting House on NantucketNantucketNantucketNantucketAfrican Americanwebsite, part of Museum of Afro-American History
African Meeting HouseBostonSuffolkGreater BostonAfrican AmericanPart of the Museum of Afro-American History
Agawam Historical & Fire House MuseumAgawamHampdenPioneer ValleyFirewebsite
Alden House Historic SiteDuxburyPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric houseNational Historic Landmark; Includes 1659 John Alden House and 1632 original Alden Homestead
Amelia Park Children's MuseumWestfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyChildren'swebsite, formerly Discover Westfield Children's Museum
American Sanitary Plumbing MuseumWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyTechnologyinformation, information, information, information
American Textile History MuseumLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyTextilewebsite
Amesbury Carriage MuseumAmesburyEssexMerrimack ValleyTransportationinformation
Amherst Center for Russian CultureAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyArtIncludes gallery for the display of over 50 works of Russian art
Amherst College Museum of Natural HistoryAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyNatural historyAlso known as Pratt Museum of Natural History, large collection of dinosaur fossils
Amherst History MuseumAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
Amos Blanchard House and Barn MuseumAndoverEssexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite, recreates the life and times of a typical middle-class family of the early 19th century
AnimagicLeeBerkshireThe BerkshiresArtwebsite, museum of animation, special effects and art
Aptucxet Trading Post MuseumBourneBarnstableCape CodOpen airwebsite, operated by the Bourne Historical Society, includes replica 17th-century trading post, railroad station, replica salt works,
Armenian Library and Museum of AmericaWatertownMiddlesexGreater BostonEthnic
ArrowheadPittsfieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric houseHome of Herman Melville
Art Complex MuseumDuxburyPlymouthPlymouth CountyArtCollections include American painting, prints, Shaker furniture and Asian art
Art Institute of BostonBostonSuffolkGreater BostonArtGallery
Arthur M. Sackler MuseumCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonArtPart of Harvard, ancient, Islamic, Asian, and later Indian art
Ashby Historical Society MuseumAshbyMiddlesexNorth CountyHistoryinformation
Ashfield Historical Society MuseumAshfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
Attic Children's MuseumUxbridgeWorcesterBlackstone ValleyChildren'swebsite
Attleboro Arts MuseumAttleboroBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsArtwebsite
Attleboro Area Industrial MuseumAttleboroBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsIndustrywebsite, refiner of gold, silver and copper by-products for jewelry
Atwood House MuseumChathamBarnstableCape CodHistoric housewebsite, run by the Chatham Historical Society
Bare Cove Fire MuseumHinghamPlymouthPlymouth CountyFirewebsite
Barrett-Byam HomesteadChelmsfordMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseOperated by the Chelmsford Historical Society
Bartlett MuseumAmesburyEssexMerrimack ValleyMultipleHistoric house with Amesbury history exhibits, replicas of a colonial kitchen and a Victorian parlor, a natural history room, a schoolroom and a carriage house
Bartholomew's CobbleSheffieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresNatural history
Basketball Hall of FameSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleySports
Battleship CoveFall RiverBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMaritime
Baxter MillYarmouthBarnstableCape CodMillRestored grist mill, open seasonally
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann HouseGloucesterEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, early-20th-century house with dozens of rooms decorated to evoke different historical and literary themes
Beebe EstateMelroseMiddlesexGreater BostonArtFeatures changing exhibits of local art
Beer Can MuseumEast TauntonBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsCollection
Belchertown Firefighters MuseumBelchertownHampshirePioneer ValleyFirefightingwebsite
Benjamin Caryl HouseDoverNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by the Dover Historical Society, which also owns the Sawin Museum and Fisher Barn, late-18th-century period house
Benjamin Nye HomesteadEast SandwichBarnstableCape CodHistoric house18th-century period home
Benjamin Thompson House-Count Rumford BirthplaceWoburnMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseBirthplace of scientist and inventor Benjamin Thompson
Berkshire MuseumPittsfieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresMultipleArt, natural history, culture of ancient civilizations, science, aquarium
Berkshire Scenic Railway MuseumLenoxBerkshireThe BerkshiresRailroadMuseum and heritage railroad
Berlin Art and Historical SocietyBerlinWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistorywebsite, located in the Bullard House
Bernardston Historical Society MuseumBernardstonFranklinPioneer ValleyLocal historyinformation
Beverly Historical Society & MuseumBeverlyEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite
Bidwell House MuseumMontereyBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric housewebsite, also has hiking trails
Billerica Historical SocietyBillericaMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite, located in the Clara Sexton House, open for special events
Billerica Howe MuseumBillericaMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite, information, future museum
Bisbee Mill MuseumChesterfieldHampshirePioneer ValleyHistoryReconstructed 19th-century grist mill, blacksmith shop, woodworking shop, historic artifacts
Blackstone Historical MuseumBlackstoneWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistoryinformation, information
Blanchard's Museum HouseAvonNorfolkSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoric housewebsite
Blue Hill Observatory Science CenterMiltonNorfolkGreater BostonSciencewebsite
Blue Hills Trailside MuseumMiltonNorfolkGreater BostonNature centerwebsite
Boardman HouseSaugusEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, open two days a year, late-17th-century saltbox
Boston African American National Historic SiteBostonSuffolkGreater BostonAfrican AmericanInterprets 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community, including the African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School
Boston AthenæumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonMultipleLibrary and museum of art
Boston Children's MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonChildren'swebsite
Boston Fire MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonFirewebsite
Boston National Historical ParkBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric sitesRevolutionary War trail in Boston and Charlestown, includes Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution
Boston Public LibraryBostonSuffolkGreater BostonLibraryChanging exhibits of art and history from its collections
Boston Tea Party Ships & MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Boston University Art GalleryBostonSuffolkGreater BostonArtwebsite
Boylston Historical Society and MuseumBoylstonWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistorywebsite
Brewster Historical Society MuseumBrewsterBarnstableCape CodHistorywebsite
Briggs-McDermott HouseBourneBarnstableCape CodLocal historyOperated by the Bourne Historical Society
Brockton Fire MuseumBrocktonPlymouthPlymouth CountyFirewebsite
Brockton Historical Society HomesteadBrocktonPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistorywebsite, also see Brockton Historical Society other site
Brockton Shoe MuseumBrocktonPlymouthPlymouth CountyCommoditywebsite
Brocklebank MuseumGeorgetownEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric house18th-century period house operated by the Georgetown Historical Society
Brooks Academy MuseumHarwichBarnstableCape CodHistorywebsite
Brooks EstateMedfordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseVictorian manor and carriage house
Browne HouseWatertownMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseOpen twice a year
Buckland Historical Society MuseumBucklandFranklinPioneer ValleyLocal historyinformation, information
Buckman TavernLexingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonTavern18th-century tavern
Bunker Hill MonumentCharlestownSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric siteIncludes adjacent Bunker Hill Museum about the battle
Burlington Historic MuseumBurlingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Busch-Reisinger MuseumCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonArtPart of Harvard, art of Northern and Central Europe, focusing on German-speaking cultures
Buttonwoods MuseumHaverhillEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoryOperated by the Haverhill Historical Society, includes John Ward House, the Duncan House and the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop, collections include furniture, ceramics, clothing, photographs, paintings, tools, banners, books, documents and Native American artifacts
Cahoon Museum of American ArtCotuitBarnstableCape CodArtAmerican art
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & MuseumNorthamptonHampshirePioneer ValleyBiographical
Cape Ann MuseumGloucesterEssexNorth ShoreMultiplewebsite, fisheries & maritime, fine art, granite quarrying & decorative arts galleries
Cape Cod Children's MuseumMashpeeBarnstableCape CodChildren'swebsite
Cape Cod Museum of ArtDennisBarnstableCape CodArtwebsite
Cape Cod Museum of Natural HistoryBrewsterBarnstableCape CodNatural historywebsite
Captain Bangs Hallet HouseYarmouthBarnstableCape CodHistoric housewebsite, information
Captain John Wilson HouseCohassetNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite, information, operated by the Cohasset Historical Society
Carpenter MuseumRehobothBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite, collections of Rehoboth Antiquarian Society
Castle HillIpswichEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house59-room Stuart-style mansion and extensive grounds
Centerville Historical MuseumCentervilleBarnstableCape CodHistorywebsite
Charles River Museum of IndustryWalthamMiddlesexGreater BostonIndustryArea textile and watch industries, steam power, early transportation, recreated early-20th-century machine shop, antique machines
Charlestown Navy YardCharlestownSuffolkGreater BostonMaritimeHome to USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young (DD-793)
Chatham Railroad MuseumChathamBarnstableCape CodTransportationwebsite
Chesterwood Estate & MuseumStockbridgeBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric houseHome of sculptor Daniel Chester French
Children's Museum at HolyokeHolyokeHampdenPioneer ValleyChildren'swebsite
Children's Museum in EastonEastonBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsChildren's
Claflin-Richards HouseWenhamEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Wenham Museum, open by appointment
Clara Barton Birthplace MuseumNorth OxfordWorcesterBlackstone ValleyBiographicalwebsite, home to Clara Barton
Clark Art InstituteWilliamstownBerkshireThe BerkshiresArtAlso known as Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Clinton Historical Society (Massachusetts)ClintonWorcesterNorth CountyHistoric housewebsite, open on Saturday morning by tour
Coast Guard Heritage MuseumBarnstableBarnstableCape CodMaritimewebsite, also known as Donald G. Trayser Memorial Museum, includes the Old Jail (Barnstable, Massachusetts)
Codman HouseLincolnMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, estate with furnishings from many periods, also gardens
Coffin HouseNewburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, Colonial American house
Cogswell's GrantEssexEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, 18th-century farmhouse with collection of American decorative arts
Cohasset Maritime MuseumCohassetNorfolkGreater BostonMaritimewebsite, information
Colrain Historical SocietyColrainFranklinPioneer ValleyLocal historyinformation
Commonwealth MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Concord MuseumConcordMiddlesexGreater BostonLocal historyIncludes collection of artifacts from authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, 17th, 18th, and 19th-century decorative arts
Congregational LibraryBostonSuffolkGreater BostonLibraryChanging exhibits of history, religion from its collections
Connecticut Valley Historical MuseumSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyLocal historyHistory of the Pioneer Valley
Conway Historical SocietyConwayFranklinPioneer ValleyLocal historywebsite
Cooper-Frost-Austin HouseCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, 17th-century Colonial American house, open twice a year
Cottage MuseumOak BluffsDukesMartha's VineyardReligiouswebsite, typical Campground cottage
Crane Museum of PapermakingDaltonBerkshireThe BerkshiresIndustrywebsite
Crowninshield-Bentley HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by the Peabody Essex Museum, restored 1794 period Colonial house
Crosby MansionBrewsterBarnstableCape CodHistoric houseinformation
Cultural Arts Alliance of HopkintonHopkintonMiddlesexGreater BostonArtwebsite, art gallery, performing arts, arts education
Cushing House Museum and GardenNewburyportEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric house19th-century Federal mansion with collection of decorative arts
Custom House Maritime MuseumNewburyportEssexMerrimack ValleyMaritimeOperated by the Newburyport Maritime Society, maritime heritage of the Merrimack Valley and its role in American history
Cyrus E. Dallin Art MuseumArlingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonArtwebsite, many works by sculptor Cyrus Edwin Dallin
Danforth Museum of ArtFraminghamMiddlesexGreater BostonArtwebsite
Dan Raymond HouseSheffieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric housewebsite
Danvers Historical SocietyDanversEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite, operates Page House, Tapley Memorial Hall, Glen Magna Farms and General Israel Putnam House
Davis Museum and Cultural CenterWellesleyNorfolkGreater BostonArtwebsite, part of Wellesley College, collections include ancient to contemporary sculptures, paintings, decorative objects, and works on paper
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture ParkLincolnMiddlesexGreater BostonArtModern and contemporary art, American sculpture and 35-acre (140,000 m2) sculpture park
Dedham Historical Society MuseumDedhamNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Deerfield Children's MuseumDeerfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyChildren'swebsite, operated by Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, focuses on history, also known as Children's Museum at Indian House Memorial
Dillaway-Thomas HouseRoxburySuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseLocated in Roxbury Heritage State Park, 18th-century house
Discovery MuseumsActonMiddlesexGreater BostonChildren's, ScienceTwo museums in separate facilities, Children's Discovery Museum and Science Discovery Museum
Dole-Little HouseNewburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseOperated by Historic New England, 18th-century house
Dwight-Derby HouseMedfieldNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOpen by appointment, 17th-century house
East Brookfield Historical MuseumEast BrookfieldWorcesterWorcester CountyHistorywebsite
Eastham WindmillEasthamBarnstableCape CodMillWindmill dating back to the late 17th century
Easthampton Historical SocietyEasthamptonHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
EcoTariumWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyMultipleNatural history, science, live animals
Edmund Fowle House and MuseumWatertownMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoryOperated by the Historical Society of Watertown,
Edward Gorey HouseYarmouthBarnstableCape CodHistoric houseAlso known as Elephant House, home of illustrator Edward Gorey
Edward Devotion HouseBrooklineNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseMuseum and home to the Brookline Historical Society, features 18th- and 19th-century furnishings and Brookline-related artifacts
Edwards Memorial MuseumChesterfieldHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, operated by the Chesterfield Historical Society
Emily Dickinson MuseumAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyHistoric houseBirthplace of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson and adjacent home of her brother, lawyer William Austin Dickinson
E. N. Jenckes Store MuseumDouglasWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistorywebsite, operated by the Douglas Historical Society, photos
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ArtAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyArtArt in picture books and children's books, works of Eric Carle
Erving House MuseumErvingFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoric houseinformation
Essex Shipbuilding MuseumEssexEssexNorth ShoreIndustrywebsite
Fairbanks HouseDedhamNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housebuilt ca. 1637, is the oldest woodframe house in America
Fairhaven Heritage CenterFairhavenBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite
Fall River Firefighters Memorial MuseumFall RiverBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsFirefightingwebsite
Fall River Historical Society MuseumFall RiverBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite
Falls Fire Barn MuseumAttleboro FallsBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsFirefightingLocated in a historic fire station
Falmouth Museums on the GreenFalmouthBarnstableCape CodOpen airwebsite, includes Julia Wood House, Conant House & Garden, Hallett Barn
Faulkner HouseActonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by Iron Work Farm, 18th-century house with ties to the American Revolutionary War
FDR Center MuseumChicopeeHampdenPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, moving to Chicopee from Worcester, official name Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum
Fisher BarnDoverNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric sitewebsite, operated by the Dover Historical Society, which also owns the Benjamin Caryl House and Sawin Museum
Fisher Museum Harvard ForestPetershamWorcesterNorth CountyNatural historyLocated in Harvard Forest, 3,000 acres (12 km2) with trails, museum with 23 dioramas portraying the history, conservation and management of central New England forests
Fisher SchoolWestwoodNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite, headquarters of the Westwood Historical Society
Fitchburg Art MuseumFitchburgWorcesterNorth CountyArtIncludes American and European paintings, prints, and ceramics, Egyptian, Classical, and pre-Columbian antiquities
Fitchburg Historical Society MuseumFitchburgWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Florence Higginbotham HouseNantucketNantucketNantucketHistoric housewebsite, part of Museum of African American History
Fogg Art MuseumCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonArtPart of Harvard University, history of western art from the Middle Ages to the present
Fort WarrenMiltonNorfolkGreater BostonMilitary19th-century fort, located on Georges Island
Congregational LibraryBostonSuffolkGreater BostonLibraryChanging exhibits of history, religion from its collections
Fort Taber Historical Association MuseumNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMilitary
Framingham Historical Society and MuseumFraminghamMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Franklin Historical MuseumFranklinNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic SiteBrooklineNorfolkGreater BostonBiographicalVictorian home of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted
Freetown Historical SocietyAssonetBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite
French Transatlantic Cable Station MuseumOrleansBarnstableCape CodHistorywebsite
Frelinghuysen Morris House & StudioLenoxBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric housewebsite, home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, collection of American and European Cubist Art
Fruitlands MuseumHarvardWorcesterNorth CountyMultipleHistoric house museum with exhibits about transcendentalism, buildings with Native American, Shaker and American art collections on 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Fuller Craft MuseumBrocktonPlymouthPlymouth CountyArtwebsite, contemporary crafts
G.A.R. & Civil War MuseumMarbleheadEssexNorth ShoreMilitarywebsite
Gardner MuseumGardnerWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Gardner-Pingree HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house19th-century period townhouse, operated by the Peabody Essex Museum
Gedney HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, open two days a year, 17th-century home
General Artemas Ward House MuseumShrewsburyWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistoric house18th-century home of the First Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolution, owned by Harvard University
General Gideon Foster HousePeabodyEssexNorth ShoreHistorical housewebsite, home to Peabody Historical Society which also operates Osborne - Salata House, Nathaniel Felton Houses, Peabody Historical Fire Museum which are open by appointment
George A. Smith MuseumArlingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite
George Walter Vincent Smith Art MuseumSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyArtIncludes Japanese Samurai armor, Middle Eastern rugs, ceramics, an authentic Shinto shrine and Oriental cloissonné work
George Peabody House MuseumPeabodyEssexNorth ShoreBiographicalLife of 19th-century U.S. entrepreneur and philanthropist George Peabody
Gershom Bradford HouseDuxburyPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric house1840s period house
Gibson House MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric house1850-1870s period townhouse
Gilbert Bean MuseumBraintreeNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite, home to Braintree Historical Society
Gill Historical Commission MuseumGillFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation
Girl Scout MuseumWalthamMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite, open to Girl Scout troops
Glen Magna FarmsDanversEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseHistoric country estate with grounds for touring
Golden Ball Tavern MuseumWestonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite
Gore PlaceWalthamMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseEarly-19th-century estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore, also small farm with animals
Governor Bellingham-Cary HouseChelseaSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric house17th-century mansion
Grand Army of the Republic MuseumLynnEssexNorth ShoreMilitaryArtifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War and other wars
Great Barrington Historical SocietyGreat BarringtonBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistorywebsite
Great Falls Discovery CenterTurners FallsFranklinPioneer ValleyMultiplewebsite, Connecticut River watershed's natural, cultural and industrial history
Gropius HouseLincolnMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, designed by and family home of architect Walter Gropius
Groton Historical Society MuseumGrotonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Grout-Heard HouseWaylandMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite, home to the Wayland Historical Society
Hadley Farm MuseumHadleyHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
Hadwen HouseNantucketNantucketNantucketHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Whaling Museum, 19th-century period mansion
Hallmark Museum of Contemporary PhotographyTurners FallsFranklinPioneer ValleyPhotographywebsite
Hammond Castle MuseumGloucesterEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseHomeand laboratory of inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr., features collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts, and exhibits about his life and inventions
Hancock-Clarke HouseLexingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house18th-century period home, played a prominent role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord
Hancock Shaker VillageHancockBerkshireThe BerkshiresReligiousOpen air Shaker village with 20 historic buildings
Hands-On Art MuseumShirleyMiddlesexNorth CountyChildren'swebsite
Harlow Old Fort HousePlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric house17th-century period house
Harvard Historical SocietyHarvardWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonNatural historyPart of Harvard University, includes Harvard University Herbaria and Botanical Museum, Museum of Comparative Zoology and Harvard Mineralogical Museum
Heald HouseCarlisleMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Carlisle Historical Society
Heard House MuseumIpswichEssexNorth ShoreHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Ipswich Historical Society, 19th-century period house
Heath Historical Society MuseumHeathFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation
Hedge HousePlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric houseAlso known as Plymouth Antiquarian House, 19th-century period house
Helen Bumpus GalleryDuxburyPlymouthPlymouth CountyArtwebsite, art gallery at the Duxbury Free Library
Heritage Museums and GardensSandwichBarnstableCape CodMultipleHistory, industry, art, automobiles and horticulture, featuring J. K. Lilly III Antique Automobile Collection, American History Museum with military miniatures, antique toys, Native American artifacts and the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame and exhibit, and the Art Museum with folk art, carvings, collectibles and American fine art, as well as an operating hand-carved carousel
Higgins Armory MuseumWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyMilitaryArms and armor
Highland House MuseumTruroBarnstableCape CodHistorywebsite
Historic DeerfieldDeerfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyOpen airIncludes seven historic house museums and a modern museum with changing exhibits
Highfield HallFalmouthBarnstableCape CodHistoric housewebsite
Historic Northampton Museum & Education CenterNorthamptonHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
Historical Society of GreenfieldGreenfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation
Historical Society of Phillipston MuseumPhillipstonWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Holden Historical SocietyHoldenWorcesterWorcester CountyHistorywebsite, housed in Hendrick's House
Holyoke Heritage State ParkHolyokeHampdenPioneer ValleyIndustryExhibits about area paper and textile industry, local cultural heritage
Hooper-Lee-Nichols HouseCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseColonial American house, operated by the Cambridge Historical Society
Hose Cart HouseNantucketNantucketNantucketFirewebsite
Hosmer HouseActonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Acton Historical Society
Housatonic River MuseumPittsfieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresNatural historywebsite, planned museum
House of the Seven GablesSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseColonial mansion, property includes Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace
Hoxie HouseSandwichBarnstableCape CodHistoric house17th-century saltbox house, open seasonally
Hull Lifesaving MuseumHullPlymouthPlymouth CountyMaritimewebsite
Institute of Contemporary Art, BostonBostonSuffolkGreater BostonArtContemporary art
International Paper MuseumBrooklineNorfolkGreater BostonIndustrywebsite
Isaac Royall HouseMedfordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house18th-century period house and slave quarters
Isaac Winslow HouseMarshfieldPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric houseEarly-18th-century period house and Daniel Webster Law Office
Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonArtIncludes European, Asian and American art, including paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative arts
Jabez Howland HousePlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric house17th-century period house
Jacob Thompson HouseMonsonHampdenPioneer ValleyHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Monson Historical Society, 18th-century period house
James Blake HouseDorchesterSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by the Dorchester Historical Society, 17th-century home
Jason Holbrook HomesteadWeymouthNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite
Jason Russell HouseArlingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house18th- and 19th-century period house
Jenney Grist MillPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyMillWorking grist mill
Jeremiah Lee MansionMarbleheadEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house18th-century period mansion with early American furniture and decorations,
Jericho Historical CenterWest DennisBarnstableCape CodHistoric housewebsite
Job Lane HouseBedfordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house18th-century period house
John Adams BirthplaceQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housePart of Adams National Historical Park, next door to John Quincy Adams Birthplace
Colonel John Ashley HouseSheffieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric house18th-century house with 18th- and early-19th-century furnishings
John Balch HouseBeverlyEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOperated by the Beverly Historical Society, 17th-century house
John Cabot HouseBeverlyEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOperated by the Beverly Historical Society, 18th-century house with rotating exhibits
Rev. John Hale FarmBeverlyEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOperated by the Beverly Historical Society, early-17th-century house with room containing witchcraft-related artifacts, also called John Hale House
John F. Kennedy Hyannis MuseumHyannisBarnstableCape CodBiographicalCollection of photographs relating to the Kennedy family and the times they spent vacationing nearby
John F. Kennedy Library and MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonBiographicalPresidential library and museum of the John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic SiteBrooklineNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseBirthplace and childhood home of President John F. Kennedy restored to 1917 appearance
John Greenleaf Whittier HomeAmesburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseHome of poet John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier HomesteadHaverhillEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseBirthplace of John Greenleaf Whittier
John Quincy Adams BirthplaceQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseNext door to John Adams Birthplace, part of Adams National Historical Park
John Ward HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house17th-century period house, operated by the Peabody Essex Museum
Jonathan Bourne Historical CenterBourneBarnstableCape CodLocal historywebsite, operated by the Bourne Historical Society
Jones TavernActonMiddlesexGreater BostonTavernOperated by Iron Work Farm, 18th-century home and tavern
Joseph Allen Skinner MuseumHolyokeHampdenPioneer ValleyMultiwebsite, owned by Mount Holyoke College, collection of American and European furniture, decorative arts, crafts, tools, and geological specimens
Josiah Day HouseWest SpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyHistoric house18th-century house with artifacts from 1754–1902
Josiah Dennis Manse MuseumDennisBarnstableCape CodHistoric house18th-century period house, open in the summer
Josiah Quincy HouseQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, 18th-century home open 5 days a year
Judge Samuel Holten HouseDanversEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOpen by appointment, 17th-century house
Keep Homestead MuseumMonsonHampdenPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, known for its button collection
Kemp-McCarthy Memorial MuseumRoweFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation, operated by the Rowe Historical Society
King Caesar HouseDuxburyPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric houseEarly-19th-century period home
Kingman Tavern Historical MuseumCummingtonHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, information
Lafayette-Durfee HouseFall RiverBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoric house18th-century period house
Lancaster Historical MuseumLancasterWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite, part of Lancaster Library
Larz Anderson Auto MuseumBrooklineNorfolkGreater BostonAutomotiveEarly automobiles and horse-drawn vehicles
Lawrence Heritage State ParkLawrenceEssexMerrimack ValleyIndustryExhibits include life of 19th-century textile mill workers and the industrial history of Lawrence
Lawrence History CenterLawrenceEssexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite
Lemuel Clap HouseDorchesterSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by the Dorchester Historical Society, 18th-century period house
Lenox Historical SocietyLenoxBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoryinformation
Leominster Historical Society MuseumLeominsterWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Leverett Historical SocietyLeverettFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation
List Visual Arts CenterCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonArtContemporary art gallery of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Little Red Shop MuseumHopedaleWorcesterBlackstone ValleyIndustrywebsite
Longfellow National Historic SiteCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseHome of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and former headquarters of George Washington during the Siege of Boston
Long Plain Friends MeetinghouseAcushnetBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsReligious18th-century Quaker meetinghouse with exhibits about Quakers
Long Plain MuseumAcushnetBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsLocal historywebsite
Longyear MuseumChestnut HillSuffolkGreater BostonBiographicalwebsite, life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science
Loring-Greenough HouseJamaica PlainSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric house18th-century period mansion
Lowell National Historical ParkLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyIndustryIncludes visitor center, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit
Lura Woodside Watkins MuseumMiddletonEssexNorth ShoreHistoryinformation, home of Middleton Historical Society
Luther MuseumSwanseaBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoryphotos, home to Swansea Historical Society
Lynn Museum & Historical SocietyLynnEssexNorth ShoreMultiwebsite, art, history, library, collections of art, tools, decorative arts & textiles
Macy-Colby HouseAmesburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric house18th-century period saltbox house
Major John Bradford HomesteadKingstonPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric houseHome to Jones River Village Historical Society
Massachusetts Audubon Society Visual Arts CenterCantonNorfolkGreater BostonArtwebsite, nature center with collections of natural history art and photography
Marblehead Arts AssociationMarbleheadEssexNorth ShoreArtwebsite located in historic Robert "King" Hooper Mansion
Marblehead Museum & Historical SocietyMarbleheadEssexNorth ShoreMultiplewebsite, local history, Frost Folk Art Gallery, operates the Jeremiah Lee Mansion and G.A.R. & Civil War Museum
Marine Museum at Fall RiverFall RiverBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMaritimeMemorabilia, artifacts, and ship models of the Fall River Line and RMS Titanic
Marion Natural History MuseumMarionPlymouthPlymouth CountyNatural historywebsite
Martha's Vineyard MuseumEdgartownDukesMartha's VineyardHistorywebsite
Martin House and FarmSwanseaBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoric Housewebsite, run by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America
Mary Baker Eddy Historic HouseStoughtonNorfolkSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoric houseOwned by Longyear Museum, one of several homes associated with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist
Mary Baker Eddy Historic HouseSwampscottEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Longyear Museum, one of several homes associated with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist
Mary Baker Eddy LibraryBostonSuffolkGreater BostonMultipleIncludes the Mapparium, a three-story, stained-glass globe, the Hall of Ideas and changing exhibits about relating to the life of Mary Baker Eddy
Mashpee Tribal Council MuseumMashpeeBarnstableCape CodNative Americanwebsite
Massachusetts Golf MuseumNortonBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsS portswebsite
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary ArtNorth AdamsBerkshireThe BerkshiresArtContemporary visual and performing arts, commonly referred to as MASS MoCA
Massachusetts National Guard MuseumWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyMilitarywebsite
Mattapoisett Museum and Carriage HouseMattapoisettPlymouthPlymouth CountyLocal historywebsite
Mayflower House MuseumPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric house18th-century period mansion
McMullen Museum of ArtChestnut HillSuffolkGreater BostonArtwebsite, part of Boston College
Mead Art MuseumAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyArtPart of Amherst College, collection includes American art, Russian Modernist works, decorative arts
Meeting House MuseumOrleansBarnstableCape CodHistoryLocal history
Memorial Hall MuseumDeerfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, operated by Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Mendon Historical MuseumMendonWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistoryinformation
Merwin HouseStockbridgeBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, 19th-century period home
Metropolitan Waterworks MuseumChestnut HillSuffolkGreater BostonIndustrywebsite
Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine ArtsSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyArtIncludes American art, contemporary art glass, lithographs of Currier & Ives, fine European art
Middleborough Historical Museum & SocietyMiddleboroughPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoryinformation, information
Middlesex Canal MuseumNorth BillericaMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite
Milford Historical MuseumMilfordWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistoryLocal history, operated by the Milford Historical Commission
Milton Art MuseumMiltonNorfolkGreater BostonArtwebsite
Minute Man National Historical ParkLexingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoryVisitor center exhibits and several famous historic sites of the American Revolutionary War
Mission HouseStockbridgeBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric house18th-century period home
Mitchell HouseNantucketNantucketNantucketHistoric house19th-century period home of astronomer Maria Mitchell
MIT MuseumCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonSciencePart of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ongoing and changing exhibitions on science and technology, holography, artificial intelligence, robotics and history of MIT
The MountLenoxBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric houseEarly-20th-century mansion and gardens, home of author Edith Wharton
Mount Holyoke College Art MuseumSouth HadleyHampshirePioneer ValleyArt
Munroe TavernLexingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house18th-century tavern that played a prominent role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord
Murdoch-Whitney House MuseumWinchendonWorcesterNorth CountyHistoric housewebsite, home of Winchendon Historical Society
Museum of Antiquated TechnologyHansonPlymouthPlymouth CountyTechnologyinformation, open by appointment, includes antique telephones, radios, antique cars and miscellaneous household items
Museum of Afro-American HistoryBostonSuffolkGreater BostonAfrican AmericanIncludes the African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School
Museum of Bad ArtDedhamNorfolkGreater BostonArt"art too bad to be ignored"
Museum of Bad ArtSomervilleMiddlesexGreater BostonArt"art too bad to be ignored"
Museum of Fine Arts, BostonBostonSuffolkGreater BostonArtContains over 450,000 works of art
Museum Of Our Industrial HeritageGreenfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyIndustrywebsite
Museum of Madeiran HeritageNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsEthnicwebsite, information, dedicated to the history and heritage of the islands of Madeira that lie 600 miles (970 km) southwest of Portugal
Museum of PrintingNorth AndoverEssexMerrimack ValleyIndustryHistory of printing technologies and practices
Museum of Springfield HistorySpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyHistoryCity's history and culture, includes Indian motorcycles from the former Indian Motorcycle Museum
Museum of Russian IconsClintonWorcesterNorth CountyArtIncludes Russian icons from the 13th century to the present
Museum of Science, BostonBostonSuffolkGreater BostonScienceIncludes over 500 interactive exhibits, 100 animals, planetarium and IMAX theater
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American ArtistsRoxburySuffolkGreater BostonArtContemporary and historical expressive arts from the global Black world
Museum of World War IINatickMiddlesexGreater BostonMilitaryWorld War II history, photos, documents and memorabilia
Nahant Historical SocietyNahantEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite, located in the Nahant Community Center
Nantucket Life-Saving MuseumNantucketNantucketNantucketMaritimewebsite
Nantucket Lightship Basket MuseumNantucketNantucketNantucketDecorative artswebsite
Narragansett Historical SocietyTempletonWorcesterNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Nash's Dinosaur Track QuarrySouth HadleyHampshirePioneer ValleyPaleontologyinformation, information, website
Nathaniel Felton HousesPeabodyEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseColonial period houses, operated by the Peabody Historical Society
Natick Historical Society & MuseumNatickMiddlesexGreater BostonLocal historywebsite
National Heritage MuseumLexingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonMultipleAmerican and Massachusetts history, culture, decorative arts and Freemasons
National Plastics Center & MuseumLeominsterWorcesterNorth CountyIndustrywebsite
National Yiddish Book CenterAmherstHampshirePioneer ValleyEthnicYiddish and Jewish culture
Natural Science Museum in Hinchman HouseNantucketNantucketNantucketNatural historyPart of the Maria Mitchell Association museums, Nantucket animals, insects, plants
NaumkeagStockbridgeBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric houseTurn-of-the-century mansion and grounds
New Bedford Art MuseumNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsArtwebsite
New Bedford Fire MuseumNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsFirefighting
New Bedford Museum of GlassNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMultipleGlass from ancient Mediterranean to contemporary with a special focus on the glass of New Bedford
New Bedford Whaling MuseumNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMultipleExhibits include whaling industry, local history, local fine art and decorative arts, maritime history
New Bedford Whaling National Historical ParkNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMultiplePartner sites include the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, Seamen's Bethel, Waterfront Visitor Center and Schooner Ernestina
New Braintree Historical SocietyNew BraintreeNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite, operates the 1939 Grade School as a town post office and schoolroom museum that is open by appointment
New England Pirate MuseumSalemEssexNorth ShorePiratewebsite
New England Quilt MuseumLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyTextilewebsite
Newton History Museum at the Jackson HomesteadNewtonMiddlesexGreater BostonLocal history
Nichols House MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseTurn-of-the-century townhouse with period rooms
Norman Rockwell MuseumStockbridgeBerkshireThe BerkshiresArtFeatures largest collection of art by Norman Rockwell, also his painter's studio
North Adams Museum of History and ScienceNorth AdamsBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistorywebsite, located in building 5A at Western Gateway Heritage State Park
North Andover Historical SocietyNorth AndoverEssexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite
Northfield Historical MuseumNorthfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation, operated by the Northfield Historical Society
F. Holland Day House & Norwood History MuseumNorwoodNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Oakham Historical MuseumOakhamWorcesterWorcester CountyHistorywebsite
Old Bridgewater Historical Society MuseumWest BridgewaterPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistorywebsite, also Keith House Parsonage is open by appointment
Old CastleRockportEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOpen on Saturdays in July and August, 18th-century house
Old Chelmsford Garrison HouseChelmsfordMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseIncludes Colonial period house, barn with tools and farm implements, blacksmith shop, Colonial summer kitchen and craft demonstration house
Old Colony Train StationNorth EastonBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite, operated by the Easton Historical Society
Old Colony & Fall River Railroad MuseumFall RiverBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsRailroad
Old Colony Historical SocietyTaunton, MassachusettsBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsLocal history
Oldest HouseNantucketNantucketNantucketHistoric houseAlso known as the Jethro Coffin House, 17th-century saltbox house, operated by the Whaling Museum
Old Firehouse MuseumSouth HadleyHampshirePioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
Old Gaol (Nantucket, Massachusetts)NantucketNantucketNantucketPrisonwebsite, operated by the Whaling Museum
Old Greenfield VillageGreenfieldFranklinPioneer ValleyOpen airwebsite
The Old ManseConcordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house18th- and 19th-century period home with links to authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Old Meeting House MuseumWilbrahamHampdenPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite
Old MillNantucketNantucketNantucketMillwebsite, operated by the Whaling Museum
Old North ChurchBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric site
Old OrdinaryHinghamPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric housewebsite
Old Red Carriage HouseGillFranklinPioneer ValleyCollectionwebsite, baby and children's memorabilia, carriages, dolls, toys, and clothing from the 18th century through the present
Old Schwamb MillArlingtonMiddlesexGreater BostonIndustryWorking 19th-century woodworking factory
Old South Meeting HouseBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoryOrganizing point for the Boston Tea Party, includes museum
Old State House MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistory
Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridgeWorcesterWorcester CountyLiving1790 to 1830 period village
Orange Historical Society MuseumOrangeFranklinPioneer ValleyLocal historyinformation, information
Orchard HouseConcordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house19th-century home of Louisa May Alcott family
Osterville Historical Society and MuseumBarnstableBarnstableCape CodOpen airwebsite, includes Captain Jonathan Parker House, circa 1824, the Cammett House, circa 1730, and the Herbert F. Crosby Boat Shop, circa 1855
Otis House MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, also known as Harrison Gray Otis House, post-Revolutionary house
Pan-African Historical MuseumSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyCulturalinformation
Paper HouseRockportEssexNorth ShoreHistoric housewebsite, house made entirely of paper
Parker TavernReadingMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house17th-century period tavern house, owned by the Reading Antiquarian Society
Parson Capen HouseTopsfieldEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house17th-century Colonial house
Paul Revere HouseBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseLate-17th-century period house, home of American Revolutionary patriot Paul Revere
Peabody Essex MuseumSalemEssexNorth ShoreMultipleIncludes Asian, Native American and folk art, maritime artifacts, collection, folk art and other art, 24 historic structures and gardens, and Yin Yu Tang House, an authentic Chinese merchant's house
Peabody Historical Fire MuseumPeabodyEssexNorth ShoreFirewebsite, open by appointment
Peabody Leather MuseumPeabodyEssexNorth ShoreIndustrywebsite
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and EthnologyCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonMultipleArchaeology and culture
PeacefieldQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housePart of the Adams National Historical Park, 18th-century home and farm of President John Adams
Peter Rice Homestead and MuseumMarlboroughMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite, home of Marlborough Historical Society
Photographic Resource Center at Boston UniversityBostonSuffolkGreater BostonArtwebsite, photography and related media
Pickering HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by one family for over three centuries
Pierce HouseDorchesterSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, 17th-century period house, open twice a year
Pierce-Hichborn HouseBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric house18th-century house adjacent to Paul Revere House
Pilgrim Hall MuseumPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyLocal history
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown MuseumProvincetownBarnstableCape CodLocal historywebsite
Plimoth PlantationPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyLivingReconstructs the original 17th-century settlement of the Plymouth Colony
Porter Thermometer MuseumOnsetPlymouthPlymouth CountyCollectiblewebsite, photos
Porter-Phelps-Huntington House MuseumHadleyHampshirePioneer ValleyHistoric house18th-century period house
Prescott HouseBostonSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite run by the Society of The Colonial Dames of America
Provincetown Art Association and MuseumProvincetownBarnstableCape CodArtArt by local artists
Public Health MuseumTewksburyMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyMedicalwebsite
General Israel Putnam HouseDanversEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOpen for tours by appointment with the Danvers Historical Society, house dating back to the late 17th century
Putterham SchoolBrooklineNorfolkGreater BostonSchoolOne room schoolhouse
Quaboag Historical MuseumWest BrookfieldWorcesterWorcester CountyHistorywebsite
Quaker Meetinghouse (Nantucket, Massachusetts)NantucketNantucketNantucketReligiouswebsite, operated by the Whaling Museum
Quincy History MuseumQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoryOperated by the Quincy Historical Society, local history and culture
Quincy HomesteadQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, 17th- and 18th-century period house
Ralph Waldo Emerson HouseConcordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric house19th-century period home of American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson
Raynham Historical SocietyRaynhamBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoric housewebsite, owns Hannant House
Rebecca Nurse HomesteadDanversEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house17th-century period home
Reed HomesteadTownsendMiddlesexNorth CountyHistoric house19th-century period home
Revere Society for Cultural and Historic PreservationRevereSuffolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Revolving MuseumLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyArtwebsite, originally in Boston
Rider TavernCharltonWorcesterWorcester CountyHistoric tavernOperated by the Charlton Historical Society
Robbins Museum of ArchaeologyMiddleboroughPlymouthPlymouth CountyArchaeologywebsite
Robert Treat Paine EstateWalthamMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseAlso known as Stonehurst, late-19th-century estate
Robert S. Peabody Museum of ArchaeologyAndoverEssexMerrimack ValleyNative AmericanPart of Phillips Academy, paleo-Indian and Native American archeological artifacts
Rocky Hill Meeting HouseAmesburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric churchOwned by Historic New England, open twice a year, 18th-century meeting house
Ropes MansionSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOwned by Peabody Essex Museum
Rose Art MuseumWalthamMiddlesexGreater BostonArtPart of Brandeis University
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden MuseumNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistoric house19th-century whaling family period mansion
Revolving MuseumLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyArtwebsite
Rowley Historical SocietyRowleyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite
Russell Museum of Medical History and InnovationBostonSuffolkGreater BostonMedicalwebsite explores history of medicine and health care at Massachusetts General Hospital
Rutland Historical SocietyRutlandWorcesterWorcester CountyLocal historywebsite
Salem 1630: Pioneer VillageSalemEssexNorth ShoreLiving1630 period village of Salem's settlers
Salem AthenaeumSalemEssexNorth ShoreLibraryExhibits of art, history and literary topics from its collections
Salem Wax MuseumSalemEssexNorth ShoreWaxwebsite
Salem Maritime National Historic SiteSalemEssexNorth ShoreMaritimeTours of a replica late-18th-century ship, several houses and a customs house
Salem Witch MuseumSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite
Salem Witch VillageSalemEssexNorth ShoreCulturewebsite
Salisbury MansionWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistoric house1830s period mansion and changing exhibits
Sandwich Glass MuseumSandwichBarnstableCape CodGlasswebsite
Sargent House MuseumGloucesterEssexNorth ShoreHistoric housewebsite, also known as Sargent-Murray-Gilman-Hough House
Saugus Historical Society MuseumSaugusEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite
Saugus Iron WorksSaugusEssexNorth ShoreIndustryIncludes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, and a restored 17th-century house
Sawin MuseumDoverNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite, operated by the Dover Historical Society, which also owns the Benjamin Caryl House and Fisher Barn
Schoolhouse MuseumEasthamBarnstableCape CodSchoolwebsite
Schooner ErnestinaNew BedfordBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsMaritimePart of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, museum ship
Scituate Maritime and Irish Mossing MuseumScituatePlymouthPlymouth CountyMaritimewebsite
Seaside No. 1 Fire HouseManchester-by-the-SeaEssexNorth ShoreFirefightingwebsite, operated by the Manchester Historical Society, includes fire fighting and law enforcement equipment and memorabilia
Semitic Museum at HarvardCambridgeMiddlesexGreater BostonArchaeologyArchaeological materials from the Ancient Near East
Sewall Scripture MuseumRockportEssexNorth ShoreHistoryOperated by the Sandy Bay Historical Society, local history
Sharon Historical Society MuseumSharonNorfolkSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite
Sheffield Historical SocietySheffieldBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistorywebsite
Shelburne Falls Trolley MuseumShelburne FallsFranklinPioneer ValleyRailroad
Shelburne Historical Society MuseumShelburne FallsFranklinPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, located in old Arms Academy, information
Shirley Historical Society MuseumShirleyMiddlesexNorth CountyHistorywebsite
Shirley-Eustis HouseRoxburySuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseRestored 18th-century mansion of Royal Governor William Shirley
Sippican Historical & Preservation Society MuseumMarionPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistorywebsite
Smith College Museum of ArtNorthamptonHampshirePioneer ValleyArtwebsite, part of Smith College
Somerset Historical SocietySomersetBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite
Somerville MuseumSomervilleMiddlesexGreater BostonMultiwebsite, exhibitions featuring local visual arts, history and culture in the context of neighborhoods and community
Southborough Historical Society MuseumSouthboroughWorcesterWorcester CountyHistorywebsite
South Shore Natural Science CenterNorwellPlymouthPlymouth CountyNature centerwebsite
Sparrow HousePlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric house17th-century house and art gallery
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal HistoryWestonMiddlesexGreater BostonPhilatelicLocated at Regis College, stamps and postal history
Spencer-Peirce-Little FarmNewburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseOwned by Historic New England, Colonial farm and house
Spooner HousePlymouthPlymouthPlymouth CountyHistoric housewebsite
The Sports MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonSportsCelebrates Boston sports, located in TD Garden
Springfield Armory National Historic SiteSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyMilitary
Springfield Science MuseumSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyNatural historyNatural history dioramas, dinosaurs, science
Stephen Phillips HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOperated by Historic New England, contains a family collection that spans five generations
Stevens-Coolidge PlaceNorth AndoverEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseOperated by The Trustees of Reservations, early-20th-century house with Asian artifacts including Chinese porcelain, American furniture, European decorative arts and gardens
Stoneham Historical Society MuseumStonehamMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Stonehill Industrial History CenterEastonBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsLibrarywebsite, located in Cushing Martin Hall, Stonehill College, exhibits about Ames family, large collection of shovels and local history
Stone House MuseumBelchertownHampshirePioneer ValleyHistoric housewebsite
Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum at the Herring RunBrewsterBarnstableCape CodHistoryinformation
Storrowton Village MuseumWest SpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyOpen airwebsite
Storrs HouseLongmeadowHampdenPioneer ValleyHistoric housewebsite
Stoughton Historical SocietyStoughtonNorfolkSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite, Society's home hosts exhibits of manuscripts, art, period clothing and artifacts from its archives
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace and MuseumAdamsBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric housewebsite, home of Susan B. Anthony
Sutton Historical Society MuseumSuttonWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHistorywebsite
Swett-Ilsley HouseNewburyEssexMerrimack ValleyHistoric houseOperated by Historic New England as a study museum
Swift-Daley HouseEasthamBarnstableCape CodHistoric housewebsite, includes Chester Ranlett Tool Museum behind the house
Swift River Valley Historical Society MuseumNew SalemFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoryinformation
Sylvanus Thayer BirthplaceBraintreeNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by the Braintree Historical Society, 17th-century period house
Thornton W. Burgess MuseumEast SandwichBarnstableCape CodBiographicalwebsite, home of children's author Thornton W. Burgess
Titanic MuseumSpringfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyMaritimeArtifacts and history of the Titanic
Toad Hall Classic Sports Car MuseumHyannis PortBarnstableCape CodAutomotivewebsite, private collection of over 50 classic sports cars
Top Fun Aviation Toy MuseumFitchburgWorcesterNorth CountyToywebsite, aviation-related toys
Tsongas Industrial History CenterLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyIndustrywebsite, part of Lowell National Historical Park
Trask House MuseumManchester-by-the-SeaEssexNorth ShoreHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Manchester Historical Society, 19th-century sea captain's house
United States Naval Shipbuilding MuseumQuincyNorfolkGreater BostonMaritimeHome to USS Salem (CA-139), world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser
USS ConstitutionBostonSuffolkGreater BostonMaritime"Old Ironsides", wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, launched in 1797
USS Constitution MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonMaritimePrivately run museum is located at the former Charlestown Navy Yard near the US Navy's USS Constitution
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age MuseumLenoxBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistoric houseLate-19th-century period mansion
Vilna ShulBostonSuffolkGreater BostonEthnicwebsite, Boston's center for Jewish culture
Vincent House (Edgartown, Massachusetts)EdgartownDukesMartha's VineyardHistoric housewebsite
Volleyball Hall of FameHolyokeHampdenPioneer ValleySports
Wakefield Historical Society MuseumWakefieldMiddlesexGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Walpole Historical Society MuseumWalpoleNorfolkGreater BostonHistoric housewebsite, located in the Deacon Willard Lewis House
Warren Anatomical MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonMedicalPart of Harvard Medical School, unusual anatomical and pathological specimens
Warwick Historical Society MuseumWarwickFranklinPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, information, local history
Waters FarmSuttonWorcesterBlackstone ValleyFarm19th-century period farm, open for special events
Watson Museum and Research LibraryBraintreeNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite, operated by the Braintree Historical Society, display of military artifacts of various periods of war, and includes artifacts, documents, manuscripts, and artwork from the estate of Thomas A. Watson, assistant to Alexander Graham Bell
The WaysideConcordMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric housePart of Minute Man National Historical Park, home to authors Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Sidney
Wayside InnSudburyMiddlesexGreater BostonHistoric houseproperty includes several historic buildings: the Old Grist Mill, the Martha-Mary Chapel and the Redstone Schoolhouse, reputed to be the school in nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb
Wellfleet Historical Society MuseumWellfleetBarnstableCape CodHistorywebsite
Wenham MuseumWenhamEssexNorth ShoreMultiwebsite, history, doll and toy collection, model train gallery, costumes & textiles, photographs, historic Claflin-Richards House
West Barnstable Railway Station and MuseumWest BarnstableBarnstableCape CodRailwayHeritage railroad and restored early-20th-century railroad station
West End MuseumBostonSuffolkGreater BostonLocal HistoryWest End neighborhood history and culture website
Western Gateway Heritage State ParkNorth AdamsBerkshireThe BerkshiresMultiwebsite, history, science, industry, Hoosac Tunnel, location of North Adams Museum of History and Science
Westfield Athenauum LibraryWestfieldHampdenPioneer ValleyMultiwebsite, includes Jasper Rand Art Museum and Edwin Smith Historical Museum
Westford Museum & Historical SocietyWestfordMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite
Westport Historical SocietyWestportBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsHistorywebsite, changing exhibits in Bell School
Weymouth MuseumWeymouthNorfolkGreater BostonHistorywebsite
Whaling MuseumNantucketNantucketNantucketIndustryIncludes restored 1847 candle factory, whaling industry artifacts, local maritime and historic artifacts
Whately Historical Society MuseumWhatelyFranklinPioneer ValleyHistorywebsite, local history
Whipple House MuseumIpswichEssexNorth ShoreHistoric houseOperated by the Ipswich Historical Society, 17th- and 18th-century period house
Whistler House Museum of ArtLowellMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyArtBirthplace of James McNeill Whistler
Whydah MuseumProvincetownBarnstableCape CodMaritimewebsite, collection of excavated pirate shipwreck
Wilder House (Buckland, Massachusetts)BucklandFranklinPioneer ValleyHistoric houseinformation
Willard House and Clock MuseumNorth GraftonWorcesterBlackstone ValleyHorologyClock museum and 18th-century farm homestead
William Clapp HouseDorchesterSuffolkGreater BostonHistoric houseOperated by the Dorchester Historical Society, 19th-century house with period furnishings and local history artifacts
William Cullen Bryant HomesteadCummingtonHampshirePioneer ValleyHistoric house19th-century period summer home of poet and newspaper editor William Cullen Bryant
Williams College Museum of ArtWilliamstownBerkshireThe BerkshiresArt
Williamstown House of Local HistoryWilliamstownBerkshireThe BerkshiresHistorywebsite
Wilmington Town Museum at the Col. Joshua Harnden TavernWilmingtonMiddlesexMerrimack ValleyHistorywebsite
Winchester Historical SocietyWinchesterMiddlesexGreater BostonMultiplewebsite, restoring the Sanborn House as a historical and cultural center
Winslow Crocker HouseYarmouthBarnstableCape CodHistoric houseOperated by Historic New England, 18th-century house with hooked rugs, ceramics, and pewter, and furniture from many early American styles, from Jacobean, William and Mary, and Queen Anne to Chippendale
Wistariahurst MuseumHolyokeHampdenPioneer ValleyHistoric houseLate-19th-century house, reflects owners through the 1950s, exhibits of local history, art, culture
Witch Dungeon MuseumSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite
Witch History MuseumSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistorywebsite
The Witch HouseSalemEssexNorth ShoreHistoric house17th-century home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692
Women at Work MuseumAttleboroBristolSoutheastern MassachusettsWomen'swebsite
Woods Hole Historical MuseumFalmouthBarnstableCape CodLocal historywebsite
Worcester Art MuseumWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyArtCollections include American and European art, Asian art, Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics, and Contemporary art
Worcester Center for CraftsWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyArtGallery of crafts and center for craft education
Worcester Historical MuseumWorcesterWorcesterBlackstone ValleyLocal historywebsite
Wyner Center of the American Jewish Historical SocietyNewtownMiddlesexGreater BostonEthnicwebsite, run by the American Jewish Historical Society, regularly exhibits items related to Jewish history, located at Hebrew College


Defunct museums

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See also


  1. ^ The Sunday Republican, Springfield, MA, 5 April 1998, pg. T1, Archived 2004
  2. ^ WGBY, Springfield, Indian Motorcycle Memories, 1997
  3. ^ Fire Museum to Close, posted June 30, 2006
  4. ^ Boston Globe article about closing, October 3, 2004
  5. ^ Article about Turner Sisters, doll creators