The 10 Best Historical Societies in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is nothing if not replete with history. After all, the American Revolution was fought on its shores. These 10 historical societies have captured state history from different eras, and preserved it for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

1. Beverly Historical Society, Beverly, MA

Featuring school programs, several events each year and revolving exhibits, the Beverly Historical Society is a wealth of resources. They even sponsor a local trail and a brochure for an historical walking tour.

2. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Historical Society is noted for its 225 years of preserving not only state history, but that of the country as well. Exhibits, collections, lectures and special events captivate history buffs of all ages.

3. Lexington Historical Society, Lexington, MA

Sharing local and state history with schools, families, special groups and the public, the Lexington Historical Society features seven locations. Attend reenactments, exhibits, discussions and more at one of these facilities. Check the website, as not all locations are open year-round.

4. Peabody Historical Society & Museum, Peabody, MA

Featuring its own museum, the Peabody Historical Society touts the rich cultural feel of its city by sharing a diverse program on the immigrants who settled there. Founded in the late 1800s, the society is the center of preservation of Peabody’s heritage.

5. Winchester Historical Society, Winchester, MA

Housed in Winchester’s Sanborn House, the Winchester Historical Society is staffed by more than 300 volunteers’ intent upon keeping people apprised—and interested in—the city’s rich history. Private parties may rent rooms in the Sanborn House for special events.

6. Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge, MA

Located in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House since the late 1950s, the Cambridge Historical Society is right at home in the structure that was built in the late 17th century. There is an on-site museum open for visitors, with exhibits that change on a regular basis.

7. Westport Historical Society, Westport, MA

Focused on fueling an enthusiasm for the continuation of preserving the past, the Westport Historical Society inspires visitors with a wealth of educational programs. Check out their collections of artifacts and exhibits, as well as their vast array of historical records.

8. Nahant Historical Society, Nahant, MA

If you’d like to know what a Lowland Buddha is, then a visit to the Nahant Historical Society is a must for you. The society’s annual pictorial calendar is a work of art, and a favorite of those in Nahant and several surrounding communities.

9. Danvers Historical Society, Danvers, MA

Housed in a collection of historical buildings in Danvers, the Danvers Historical Society has done well by its city’s rich history. Their “Come Grow With Us” program serves students and young adults with several educational programs.

10. Hudson Historical Society, Hudson, MA

Hosting a walking tour and featuring both an online and brick and mortar museum, the Hudson Historical Society serves to perpetuate an active interest in its region’s history. They continue to seek out and preserve both objects and information to add to the tale of Hudson’s history.

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161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
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527 Washington Street, Newton, MA
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397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
MISSION: The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connecti... Read More
135 South Street, Hyannis, MA
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117 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Since its incorporation in May of 1891 the Beverly Historical Society and Museum has been preserving and caring for Beverly's past. We are a privat... Read More
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
The Museum of Fine Arts houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with wo... Read More
182 Center Road, Shirley, MA
The Purpose of the Shirley Historical Society is to preserve books, photos, papers, and other artifacts relating to Shirley, Massachusetts people, ... Read More
35 Washington Street, Peabody, MA
About Us: Founded in 1896, the Peabody Historical Society & Museum is a center for the preservation, study and enjoyment of Peabody's cultural... Read More
59 School Street, Edgartown, MA
The Mission of the Martha's Vineyard Museum: "To bring together persons interested in the history of Martha's Vineyard, to collect and preserve sig... Read More
399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
Orchard House - Home of the Alcotts is a historic house museum owned and operated by the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association. The Louisa May Alc... Read More
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA
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189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA
The Art Complex Museum, located in the historic town of Duxbury 33 miles south of Boston, serves as a regional art center and houses the impressive... Read More
132 Main Street, Wenham, MA
Mission and HistoryThe mission of the Wenham Museum is to protect, preserve and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the histor... Read More
25 Evans Way, Boston, MA
Mission StatementThe Museum exercises cultural and civic leadership by nurturing a new generation of talent in the arts and humanities; by deliveri... Read More
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Vision:Boston Children’s Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing ... Read More
7 Central Street, Boylston, MA
About Since 1971, the Boylston Historical Society has endeavored to live up to its motto, "Preserve the Past for the Future". Such a commitment i... Read More
60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA
The Cape Cod Museum of Art’s mission is to collect, conserve, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists associated with Cape ... Read More
Columbia Point, Dorchester, MA
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through ... Read More
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA
About Us: Fitchburg Art Museum is North Worcester County's oldest and most treasured cultural institution, founded in 1925 through a bequest of ar... Read More
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA
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