History Museums

National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse
19 Town Square
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-747-1606

National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse Tours

Tour the Pilgrims' church - the birthplace of religious freedom in America. This will be one of the highlights of your visit to Plymouth! Built in true Arts and Crafts style, the Meetinghouse's beautiful stenciling and stained glass tell and preserve the Pilgrims' story and values. Conveniently located at the top of Leyden Street in Town Square and next to the 1749 Courthouse, this prominent brown stone church is a 5-minute walk to Plymouth Rock. We are pleased to offer tours of our historic Meetinghouse. Hours are Thursday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Read more about National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse Tours

Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court St
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-1620

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Pilgrim Hall Museum, built in 1824, offers a chance to touch an authentic piece of Plymouth Rock! You can view actual 17th century Pilgrim possessions, including William Bradford’s Bible, Peregrine White’s cradle and Myles Standish’s sword. Enjoy a 15 minute film telling the dramatic story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, their voyage across the Atlantic and their courageous early years in Plymouth. Read more about Pilgrim Hall Museum

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1749 Court House and Museum
Town Square
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-830-4075

1749 Court House and Museum

Located right in the center of Plymouth, The 1749 Court House is a museum filled with interesting items from Plymouth's history. It is the oldest wooden Court House and the longest used municipal building in America. The 1749 Court House was originally built for the joint use of the county and the Town of Plymouth. Open daily mid-June through mid-October. Read more about 1749 Court House and Museum

Battleship Cove
5 Water Street
Fall River , MA
Phone: 508-678-1100

Battleship Cove

As the world's largest collection of historic naval ships and home to five National Historic Landmarks, Battleship Cove is the guardian of our nation's democratic heritage - a proud tradition in which you can share. "Battleship Cove is dedicated to the preservation of a historical memorial providing the public with an educational experience to honor patriotism and country." Read more about Battleship Cove

Plymouth Cordage Company
10 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth , MA

Plymouth Cordage Company Museum

Founded in 1824, The Plymouth Cordage Company was once the largest manufacturer of rope and twine in the world. It was also the Town of Plymouth's largest employer for more than 100 years. Their large factory, located on the Plymouth waterfront, specialized in ship rigging and was chosen among their competitors in the early 1900s to manufacture the rope used on the USS Constitution. The company's Plymouth binder twine, popular among farmers, was the inspiration for the naming of the Plymouth brand of automobiles first produced in 1928. Today a small museum of archives and artifacts is maintained at Cordage Park in North Plymouth. Read more about Plymouth Cordage Company Museum

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
1 High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown , MA
Phone: 508-487-1310

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 as the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association—Cape Cod’s oldest not-for-profit organization. Its purpose is to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620. Here the Pilgrims spent 5 weeks exploring the tip of Cape Cod, before they sailed on to Plymouth. They also drew up and signed the Mayflower Compact, which established the rule of law for the new land. Read more about Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport , RI
Phone: 401-847-1000

Newport Mansions

The Newport Mansions offer visitors a unique trip through America’s past. Audio tours at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House & Rosecliff bring you the personal stories of the men and women who lived in these grand mansions and the household staff who cared for them.  Now you can also tour the underground boiler room, tunnel and basement of The Breakers. Read more about Newport Mansions

Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum
301 Driftway
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum

Open Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00

Set in the 1739 residence of Capt. Benjamin James on the Driftway, Scituate’s Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum stands out on the South Shore of Massachusetts as one of those true “gems” of local history.

Currently, the museum holds six growing and changing exhibits, each with a descriptive video: Read more about Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum

Salem Witch Museum
19 1/2 Washington Square North
Salem , MA
Phone: 978-744-1692

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History...the Witch Trials of 1692. The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt. Read more about Salem Witch Museum

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Hull Lifesaving Museum
1117 Nantasket Avenue
Hull , MA
Phone: 781-925-5433

Hull Lifesaving Museum

Hull Lifesaving Museum is so much more than a museum. It’s an essential part of the community, providing not only crucial lessons from our heritage, but life changing, and life saving, experiences. Read more about Hull Lifesaving Museum

Middleborough Historical Association & Museum
18 Jackson Street
Middleborough , MA
Phone: 781-361-1427

Middleborough Historical Association & Museum

Middleborough Historical Museum – “Going Forward With The Past” Located in downtown Middleboro, we are home to one of the country's largest collections of Tom Thumb memorabilia, as well as an extensive collection of unique period artifacts displayed within two 1820 mill houses, the West Side Whistle House, the Judge Wilkes Wood Law Office, the Sproat Tavern Outhouse, and an authentic 19th century blacksmith shop and carriage house.

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Jenney Museum
48 Summer Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-747-4544

Jenney Museum

Jenney Museum Tours -  #1 tour on Tripadvisor.com - Located in the heart of the historic district, the Jenney Museum offers exhibits that tell the story of history and industry that began here in Plymouth.
“The Abolitionists” – Learn about the Underground Railroad movement here in Plymouth and hear about slavery then and now.

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Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich , MA
Phone: 508-888-3300

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens is located in one of Plymouth County's beautiful neighboring towns - Sandwich, Massachusetts. The museum is comprised of three galleries featuring American Folk Art, antique automobiles, and seasonal traveling exhibitions.  Their expansive gardens  feature a collection of thousands of rhododendrons, including a collection of the world-renowned Dexter variety. Their typical bloom time is Memorial Day Weekend through mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include: holly, daylily, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, as well as more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. Read more about Heritage Museums & Gardens

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Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-1622

Plimoth Plantation

Located three miles south of Plymouth Center, Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th-Century English Village, Craft Center, Plimoth Bread Company, Plimoth Grist Mill and Mayflower II (under repair-due back in 2020), a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. The Plantation Visitor Center offers an indoor gallery exhibit, Cinema, and the Patuxet Café, serving delicious New England fare. Browse their award-winning museum shops for unique, historically-inspired items.  Read more about Plimoth Plantation

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