History & Museums

History lives here! Explore the fabled towns of Middlesex, where Minuteman farmers marched to the Lexington & Concord Alarm. As you explore the collections of our local antiquarian societies and visit our historic districts you’ll discover facets of the American experience you’ve never encountered before.

Enjoy a traditional dinner at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Wayland, stop and see John Brown’s Bell in nearby Marlborough or set aside a morning to visit the Framingham History Center and its extraordinary collection of restored 19th century buildings.

Linger by the falls at South Natick, where John Eliot and his Praying Indians settled in 1651, then bike up to Natick Center and the Henry Wilson Historic District.

In nearby Sudbury, learn about the time in 1676 when the town came under attack in the last major engagement of King Philip’s War, then trace the path taken a century later by the Minuteman as they marched into history at the outset of the American Revolution.

History lives in MetroWest – Come and make it your own!

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Bowditch Field

Renovated in 2010, the field is located on Union Avenue midway between Downtown and Framingham Center and has been the main athletic facility for the town since being built the Great Depression of the 1930s as a WPA project.

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Collings Foundation

137 Barton Road, Stow 01775
978-562-9182

Offers three major living history events annually, utilizing their collection
of 75 vintage automobiles, military vehicles, race cars, aircraft and
the world’s largest collection of WWII tanks. Tours and events May 1-October 1

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Concord Museum

Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road, Concord 01742
978-369-9763

Exploring historic Concord?  The Concord Museum is an inspiring gateway to this famous town.  Treasures include the 1775 Revere lantern, Thoreau’s Walden desk and Emerson’s Study.  Enjoy engaging, self-touring galleries, family-friendly activities, and distinctive exhibitions.

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Davis Museum at Wellesley College

106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
781-283-2051

The Museum is home to distinguished permanent collections including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and decorative objects, from antiquity to the contemporary movement. Dynamic temporary exhibitions engage visitors in looking anew at the visual arts.

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deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
781-259-8355

The largest park of its kind in New England, deCordova provides a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, contemporary sculpture and installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works. Inside, the museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions.

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Dedham Historical Society

612 High Street, Dedham 02027
781-326-1385

We showcase Dedham Pottery, historic furniture; silver, portraits, and other decorative arts. The library/archives (available by appointment) include 10,000 volumes and photographs supporting a local history/genealogical collection.  Open 12-4pm, Tuesday-Friday; 1-4pm even dated Saturdays. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt73szkcPDE

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Discovery Museums

177 Main Street Acton 01720
978-264-4200

Our unique campus in Acton features two great museums (Children’s Discovery Museum and Science Discovery Museum) with hands-on exhibits that children of all ages can enjoy.

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Dwight-Derby House

7 Frairy Street, Medfield 02052
508-359-6565

The Dwight-Derby House is a wonderful example of a mid-century 1700s home, nestled in a setting that has not changed much over time.  The clock has almost stood still to create this scene from the 1700s!

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Fairbanks House, The

511 East Street, Dedham 02026
781-326-1170

The Fairbanks House, circa 1637, is the oldest timber frame house in North America. It is operated as a historic house museum and is open from May 1 through October 31.

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Framingham History Center

16 Vernon Street, Framingham 01701
508-872-3780

The Center includes three historic buildings on the Town Common: The Old Academy Museum houses 12,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents illustrating this town’s remarkable past: Village Hall Banquet Facility; and Edgell Memorial Library, the town’s first free-standing library and its Civil War memorial.

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Franklin Historical Museum

80 West Central Street Franklin, MA 02038

Displays include locally discovered Native American arrowheads and stone implements, antique tools from Franklin’s industrial-age past, and an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts.

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Fruitlands Museum

102 Prospect Hill, Harvard 01451
978-456-3924

Home to a number of historic buildings which house New England history & art, Fruitlands Museum is located on more than 200 acres of meadows and wooded trails overlooking the Nashua River Valley in Harvard, Massachusetts.

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Gatepost Tours

Concord, MA
978-399-8229

A pilgrimage to Concord is an experience in authentic, living history, and Gatepost Tours is the only all-inclusive tour company that can guide you through it all!

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Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury 01776
978-443-1776

The country’s oldest operating Inn is also a National Historic Site. Enjoy a quiet walk through one of New England’s finest historic sites, including the Inn, the Grist Mill, which still produces flour, and the famous Mary Martha Chapel.