House Museums & Open-Air Museums of Massachusetts Photos

House Museums are historic or architecturally important homes restored to a defined period of time and open for public tours. Open-Air Museums are collections of such houses in a village or neighborhood with the addition of farms, commercial or industrial buildings. A list of all house museums in the state follows the featured museums at the top.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (1896). Boston, MA Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Courtyard. Boston, MA Sculpture of Egyptian god Horus at Gardner Museum. Boston, MA
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow National Historic Site in Vassall-Craigie Museum House (1759), Cambridge, MA Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow-House (1759), now Longfellow National Historic Site. Cambridge, MA Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Study at Longfellow National Historic Site. Cambridge, MA. George Washington portrait at Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow-House headquarters for Washington & American Revolutionary troops (July 1775 - April 1776). Cambridge, MA
Nichols House Museum, Boston, MA Nichols House Museum was home of author Rose Standish Nichols. Boston, MA Vanity dresser in front bedroom at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA Portrait of Rose Standish Nichols by Polly Thayer at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA
Gibson House Museum, Boston, MA Gibson House Museum covers three generations of the Gibson family. Boston, MA Entrance hall staircase at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA Firescreen embroidered with American eagle at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Concord, MA Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Concord, MA Dining room fireplace with mantle clock at Orchard House. Concord, MA Louisa May Alcott portrait at Orchard House. Concord, MA
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace NHS, Boston, MA John Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace National Historic Site. Boston, MA Parlor fireplace at John F. Kennedy NHS. Boston, MA Bassinet used for JFK & other Kennedy children in nursery at John F. Kennedy NHS. Boston, MA
Saugus Iron Works NHS, Boston, MA Forge & slitting mill buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA Saugus River which supplied power & tailings ramp at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA Colonial architecture of Old iron works house at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA
John Adams & John Quincy Adams Birthplaces
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Peacefield, Quincy
The Old House birthplace of John Adams. Quincy, MA John Adams House & John Quincy Adams birthplace. Quincy, MA Peacefield home of  Presidents John Adams &  John Quincy Adams. Quincy, MA
Mayflower Society Museum, Plymouth, MA Cupola & balustrades atop Mayflower Society Museum. Plymouth, MA Corkscrew newel post of banister in Mayflower Society House. Plymouth, MA Portrait of John Cotton a New England Puritan minister at Mayflower Society House. Plymouth, MA
Jabez Howland House Museum, Plymouth, MA Saltbox-style of end of Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA Paneled fireplace in Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA Delft Finger Bowl at Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA
Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, MA Wooden chimneys at Plimouth Plantation. Plymouth, MA Wooden chimney at Plimouth Plantation. Plymouth, MA Thatching roof at Plimouth Plantation. Plymouth, MA
Hoxie House, Sandwich, MA Hoxie House. Sandwich, MA Ladder to sleeping quarters at Hoxie House. Sandwich, MA Salt box at Hoxie House. Sandwich, MA
Andrew Robeson House Museum, Fall River, MA Second Empire details of Fall River Historical Society Museum. Fall River, MA Curved end of hall with painted ceiling & curved door at Fall River Historical Society Museum. Fall River, MA Parlor details with paintings, books & sculpture at Fall River Historical Society Museum. Fall River, MA
Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum, New Bedford, MA Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum. New Bedford, MA Dining room of Rotch-Jones-Duff House. New Bedford, MA Garden of Rotch-Jones-Duff House. New Bedford, MA
House of Seven Gables, Salem, MA House of Seven Gables. Salem, MA Parlor at House of Seven Gables. Salem, MA Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace moved to grounds of House of Seven Gables. Salem, MA
Jonathan Corwin House aka Witch House Museum, Salem, MA Jonathan Corwin House. Salem, MA Rope bed, cradle & chairs in bedroom at Witch House. Salem, MA Formal table at Witch House. Salem, MA
John Ward House Museum, Salem, MA John Ward House. Salem, MA Main room at John Ward House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA Early American cabinet in John Ward House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA
Crowninshield-Bentley House Museum, Salem, MA Georgian facade of Crowninshield-Bentley House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA Fireplace in federal-style parlor of Crowninshield-Bentley House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA Coffee service in federal-style parlor of Crowninshield-Bentley House of Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA
Gardner Pingree House Museum, Salem, MA Gardner Pingree House. Salem, MA Fireplace mantle carved by Samuel McIntire in parlor of Gardner Pingree House. Salem, MA Chinese export porcelain tureen at Gardner Pingree House. Salem, MA
Peirce-Nichols House Museum, Salem, MA Peirce-Nichols House. Salem, MA Parlor of Peirce-Nichols House. Salem, MA Samuel McIntire chair in Peirce-Nichols House. Salem, MA
Jeremiah Lee Mansion, Marblehead, MA Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Marblehead, MA Drawing room fireplace at Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Marblehead, MA Sitting tin bathtub & painted summer fireplace closure at Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Marblehead, MA
Balch House, Beverly, MA Balch House Museum run by Beverly Historical Society. Beverly, MA Rev. Hale Farm House, Beverly, MA Pheasant room at Rev. John Hale House. Beverly, MA
Hammond Castle Museum, Gloucester, MA Sea viewed from Hammond Castle Museum. Gloucester, MA Flags in Great Hall at Hammond Castle Museum. Gloucester, MA St. Mark stained glass window at Hammond Castle Museum. Gloucester, MA

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