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This section includes local history museums, historic houses and other sites of historical significance. Museums focusing on the history of science, technology or industry are listed in the "Science & Technology" section. Museums focusing on natural history are listed in the "Creatures" and/or "Science & Technology" section. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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Quincy, MA, USA

Adams National Historical Park preserves the home of Presidents of the United States John Adams and John Quincy Adams. . .

Waltham, MA, USA

The American Waltham Watch Company Historic District encompasses the former factory of the Waltham Watch Company. . .

Andover, MA, USA

This museum has exhibits, collections and a research library related to the hisrory of Andover in northeastern Massachusetts. . .

Gloucester, MA, USA

Beauport, also known as Sleeper–McCann House, Little Beauport, or Henry Davis Sleeper House, is a historic house in Gloucester, Massachusetts. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Boston African American National Historic Site interprets 15 pre-Civil War structures. . .

Boston, MA, USA

Boston Fire Museum houses exhibits and collections related to the history of firefighting in the Boston area. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Boston National Historical Park is an association of sites that showcase Boston's role in the American Revolution. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Boston Tea Party Museum features reenactments, a documentary, and a number of interactive exhibits about the Boston Tea Party. . .

Haverhill, MA, USA

The Buttonwoods Museum is a museum operated by the Haverhill Historical Society in Haverhill, Massachusetts. . .

Cambridge, MA, USA

The Cambridge Historical Society operates a museum and archive in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. . .

Gloucester, MA, USA

Cape Ann Museum is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. . .

South Chelmsford, MA, USA

"Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret documents and artifacts reflecting the life of Chelmsford. . ."

Essex, MA, USA

Cogswell's Grant is a working farm and historic house museum in Essex, Massachusetts. . .

Concord, MA, USA

The Concord Museum is a museum of local history in Concord, Massachusetts. . .

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Woburn, MA, USA

The Benjamin Thompson House is a historic house museum in Woburn, Massachusetts. . .

Newburyport, MA, USA

The Cushing House Museum and Garden is a Federal style mansion with garden in Newburyport, Massachusetts. . .

Dedham, MA, USA

The Dedham Historical Society and Museum is a historical society focusing on Dedham, Massachusetts. . .

Duxbury, MA, USA

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is a non-profit organization in Duxbury, Massachusetts founded in 1883. . .

Brookline, MA, USA

The Edward Devotion House serves as the headquarters of the Brookline Historical Society. . .

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Salem, MA, USA

The heritage area covers all of Essex County, including 34 cities and towns. . .

Dedham, MA, USA

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts is an historic house built between 1637 and 1641. . .

Milton, MA, USA

The Captain Robert Bennet Forbes House tells the story of an American entrepreneurial family involved in the China Trade in the mid to late 1800s. . .

Brookline, MA, USA

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is located in suburban Boston. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Gibson House Museum preserves the 1860 Victorian rowhouse occupied by three generations of the Gibson family. . .

Exeter, NH, USA

The Gilman Garrison House is a historic First Period house in Exeter, New Hampshire. . .

Waltham, MA, USA

Gore Place is a historic country house, now a museum, in Waltham, Massachusetts. . .

Portsmouth, NH, USA

The Governor John Langdon House is a historic mansion in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. . .

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Cambridge, MA, USA

The Harvard Semitic Museum was founded in 1889. . .

Hingham, MA, USA

The society maintains two historic sites in Hingham, Massachusetts. . .

Beverly, MA, USA

Local history museum in Beverly.

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Boston, MA, USA

Historic New England is a charitable, non-profit, historic preservation organization headquartered in Boston,. . .

Salem, MA, USA

The House of the Seven Gables is a 1668 colonial mansion in Salem, Massachusetts. . .

Hull, MA, USA

The Hull Lifesaving Museum occupies the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, a historic building of the United States Life-Saving Service in Hull, Massachusetts. . .

Marshfield, MA, USA

The Isaac Winslow House is a mansion in Marshfield, Massachusetts built around 1700. . .

Newton, MA, USA

The Jackson Homestead in the village of Newton Corner is an historic house that served as a station on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. . .

Arlington, MA, USA

The Jason Russell House is the site of the bloodiest fighting on the first day of the American Revolutionary War. . .

Lawrence, MA, USA

The Lawrence History Center has exhibits and collections related to the history of this city in northeastern Massachusetts. . .

Cambridge, MA, USA

The Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site was the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. . .

Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

The Longyear Museum focuses on the life and work of Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. . .

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Lowell, MA, USA

Lowell National Historical Park is a National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts operated by the National Park Service. . .

Waltham, MA, USA

The Lyman Estate, also known as The Vale, is a historic country house in Waltham, Massachusetts. . .

Lynn, MA, USA

The museum has exhibits and collections related to the history and culture of Lynn, Massachusetts. . .

Marlborough, MA, USA

The society operates a museum and maintains historical archives at the Peter Rice Homestead, originally built in 1688. . .

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Boston, MA, USA

The Massachusetts Archives is the state archive of Massachusetts. . .

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Boston, MA, USA

The Massachusetts Historical Society is a major historical archive specializing in early American, Massachusetts, and New England history. . .

Mattapoisett, MA, USA

The society operates a local history museum in a meeting house originally constructed in 1821. . .

Portsmouth, NH, USA

The Moffatt-Ladd House, also known as the William Whipple House, is a historic house museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. . .

Boston, MA, USA

This museum occupies the African Meeting House in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. . .

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Haverhill, MA, USA

The Museum of Printing maintains a large collection of historic printing and typesetting equipment. . .

Nahant, MA, USA

The society operates a local history museum and gift shop in the Nahant Community Center. . .

Natick, MA, USA

The society, founded in 1870, maintains a local history museum and research archives related to Natick, Massachusetts. . .

Needham, MA, USA

Local history museum.

Boston, MA, USA

The Nichols House Museum is a museum on Beacon Hill in Boston. . .

North Andover, MA, USA

The society operates several historic sites in North Andover. . .

Old Bridgewater, MA, USA

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society collects, preserves and publishes material relating to the history of the original settlement of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Old South Meeting House is a historic church building at the corner of Milk and Washington Streets in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston. . .

Dover, DE, USA

Old Statehouse is a historic state capitol building located on The Green at Dover, Delaware. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Old State House is a historic building in Boston. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Paul Revere House, built in 1680, was the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the time of the American Revolution. . .

Salem, MA, USA

The Stephen Phillips House is a historic house and museum in the McIntire Historic District in Salem, Massachusetts. . .

Plymouth, MA, USA

The Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts is the oldest public museum in the United States in continuous operation, having opened in 1824. . .

Plymouth, MA, USA

Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum that attempts to replicate the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony. . .

Quincy, MA, USA

The Society's Quincy History Museum features exhibits about the community's social and cultural history. . .

Portsmouth, NH, USA

The Rundlet-May House is a historic house in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. . .

Salem, MA, USA

The Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of 12 historic structures, one replica tall-ship, and about 9 acres of land along the waterfront of Salem Harbor. . .

Lexington, MA, USA

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington, Massachusetts focuses on American history and Freemasonry. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The Shirley–Eustis House is is one of four remaining mansions of royal governors in the United States. . .

Portsmouth, NH, USA

Strawbery Banke is an outdoor history museum in the South End historic district of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. . .

Boston, MA, USA

The USS Constitution Museum tells the story of USS Constitution and the people who designed, built, and sailed her. . .

Waltham, MA, USA

This museum has exhibits related to the history of Waltham, a city that played a major role in the Industrial Revolution. . .

Wellesley, MA, USA

The Wellesley Historical Society maintains a museum and collections at the Dadmun-McNamara House, originally built in 1824. . .

Boston, MA, USA

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

Boston, MA, USA

William Hickling Prescott was widely recognized by historiographers to have been the first American scientific historian. . .

Dover, NH, USA

The Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, New Hampshire, is dedicated to history, science and the arts. . .

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