Experience History in Massachusetts
For some of us, the word “history” has an academic connotation stirring up memories about memorizing dates and facts; but that doesn’t have to be the case for your family! There are plenty of opportunities here to get out and experience history so that it truly comes alive for both you and your children.
Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College
Dinosaur fans will enjoy this free museum at Amherst College. More than 1,700 specimens are on display, including fossil skeletons of a mammoth, mastodon, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, giant Irish elk and cave bear, the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks, and skulls of a tyrannosaurus rex and a triceratops. 11 Barrett Hill Road, Amherst; 413-542-2165; amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
This floating historical museum features live re-enactments, interactive exhibits, restored tea ships and a stirring documentary film on the Boston Tea Party. You’ll meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump crates of tea overboard, just like they did in the 1773 taxation-without-representation protest. 306 Congress St., Boston; bostonteapartyship.com.
Emily Dickinson Museum
Visit The Homestead and The Evergreens, two homes that make up the Emily Dickinson Museum. The famous poet was born here and spent most of her life here, as well. “This Was a Poet,” a 45-minute guided tour, is a great introduction to Dickinson and covers her family, her education and her poetry. 280 Main St., Amherst; 413-542-8161; emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
Paul Revere House
Built around 1680, the Paul Revere House is the oldest building in downtown Boston. Take a tour of the house that this historical figure – and father to 16 children – lived in, and from where he left on April 18, 1775, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were coming. Fun family events are held here year-round. 19 North Square, Boston; 617-523-2338; paulreverehouse.org.
Plimoth Plantation, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, brings to life the stories of the Wampanoag and the English colonists, known as Pilgrims, in New England. Museum exhibits include the 17th-Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Craft Center, Nye Barn, historic Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill. 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth; 508-746-1622; plimoth.org.
Compiled by Boston Parents Paper staff.