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10 Best Museums in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is full of American history as one of the top hotspots of our country’s early days, so it’s not surprising that this state has plenty of museums that pay homage to that history. Check out any of these top Massachusetts museums for your next outing.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Museum of Fine Arts is an incredible tribute to the arts of all types. This Boston museum is among the 20 largest art museums in the world and has over 450,000 works of art to enjoy.

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village is what’s called a living museum: an ornate recreation of a period in history portrayed by actors. Old Sturbridge Village allows you to see and experience life in a rural New England community during the 1790s through 1830s.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Also called PEM, Peabody Essex Museum is an extensive monument to art and culture. This museum features a richly varied collection of artistic works and cultural displays from around the world and is revered as one of the fastest-growing museums in North America.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums, Plymouth, MA

Plymouth is known as the site of the original settlement of English pilgrims into what is now the US, so it’s only natural for this area to pay homage to that history. The Plimoth Patuxet Museums make up a living museum that lets you step into the world of the first settlers.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

Norman Rockwell is a treasure of the artistic community and is revered around the world. You can take in the idyllic scenes he’s known for at the beautiful Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of his work.

Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA

The Heritage Museums and Gardens is an expansive 100-acre property where you can learn all there is to know about horticulture. Whether you just want to enjoy the beauty of the gardens or learn about the groundbreaking hybridization work that Charles Dexter performed on this site, you won’t be disappointed.

Hammond Castle Museum, Gloucester, MA

There aren’t many castles in the US but the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester will live up to all your hopes and expectations. Take a traditional tour to explore this incredibly unique tribute to European architecture or take in one of the more unique tours like a candlelight tour or a spiritualism tour.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Hyannis, MA

John F. Kennedy is one of the most storied figures in American history, and you can lose yourself in those stories at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. This Cape Cod museum features stunning displays that dive into JFK and the Kennedy family.

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

The Worcester Art Museum is a long-standing haven for art aficionados in Massachusetts and beyond. Since it opened its doors in 1898, this museum has showcased beloved works of art from all over the world and it continues to build on its legacy today.

Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA

In quaint Springfield, Massachusetts, there’s a cluster of museums known as the Springfield Museums. They include the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald d’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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