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Best Local History & Culture in Boston

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The Old State House

With an antique brick facade set among downtown skyscrapers, any passerby can pick this building out as a relic from an earlier time. Now a museum run by The Bostonian Society, the site has a long and distinguished history. The Boston Massacre, one of the catalysts for the American Revolution, took place just outside. The Declaration of Independence was first read to Boston here on July 18, 1776. The structure served as the new state's capitol until 1797. Exhibits at the museum take visitors through the stories of the revolution and the people involved in them. Check website for more.

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Paul Revere House

Paul Revere was a Boston native and local silversmith renowned for his role in the American Revolution. On a night back in 1775, he left home to warn fellow rebels Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were headed to Lexington to arrest them. That night was immortalized by Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride." The house was built in 1680 and bought by Revere in 1770. It just escaped the wrecking ball when Revere's descendants recovered the property in 1902. Now a national historic landmark, the building is one of the oldest in downtown Boston and reminiscent of colonial America. It opened its doors to public-viewing and displays an unique assortment of personal belongings and memorabilia.

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Museum of African American History

Museum of African American History is dedicated to chronicling the contributions of African Americans to New England during the American Colonial era. In addition to displaying artifacts, the museum holds classes, workshops and day camps dedicated to educating people about the African American experience. Properties maintained by the museum include the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill and the African Meeting House on Nantucket. The museum also runs the Black Heritage Trail.

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

One of the most well known incidents of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea party where shiploads of tea were thrown into the sea to protest against the British taxes. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum allows guests to relive this incident with costumed tour guides telling the story of the war with paintings and historic artifacts and even reenactments. Visitors can board the ships and dump tea crates into the sea. Each aspect of the historical event, as well as the aftermath is covered in this museum, making it a must stop for keen guests.

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Gibson House Museum

Erbaut 1859, war das Gibson Haus die Residenz von Charles Hammond Gibson. Die Familie bewahrte die Original-Dekoration auf und konvertierte das Haus nach seinem Tod in ein Museum. Das Gebäude aus mit braunen und roten Sandsteinen konstruiert. Das Innere ist mit schwarz-braunem Holz, eleganten Tapeten, importierten Teppichen, Möbeln, Gemälden, Skulpturen, Fotografien, Silber, Porzellan, Kuriositäten und Erbstücken der Familie aus dem 18. Jahrhundert ausgestattet. Diverse Filmemacher haben das Haus als Bühnenbild für historische Kostümfilme genutzt, wie Merchant-Ivory's Die Bostoner. Das Gibson Haus Museum wurde offiziell 1957 für die Öffentlichkeit geöffnet und ist nationale, historische Sehenswürdigkeit.

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USS Constitution Museum

If you plan on visiting the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the USS Constitution Museum is a must-see, located adjacent to the ship. Come and discover what life was like for the crew that served on Old Ironsides. Take a trip into American history learn about life on the sea, the Revolution, and the War of 1812. A fun, educational experience for the entire family. Be sure not to miss the gift shop so you can take a piece of history home with you!

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

In den Köpfen vieler Amerikaner ist die Erinnerung an den Präsidenten John F. Kennedy geheiligt. Die John F. Kennedy Presedential Library & Museum, ein Glas-Pavillion konstruiert vom chinesisch-amerikanischen Architekten I.M.Pei, ist seiner Erinnerung gewidmet. Die Besucher werden in die dunklen Tage des Kalten Krieges zurückversetzt. Ein Kurzfilm erzählt JFK's Handlungen in seinen eigenen Worten, während authentische Fotos und Ausstellungsstücke die kurze Zeit in der Geschichte des Weissen Hauses, die Nostalgiker als "Tage von Camelot" bezeichnen, in Erinnerung rufen.

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Commonwealth Museum

Commonwealth Museum exhibits some interesting documents and legal records belonging to the State. The museum's education department offers lectures encouraging the use of material from the archives. A special exhibit entitled 'Highway to the Past' is dedicated to the archeology of the Big Dig. Many of the artifacts uncovered during the digging are also on display.

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Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum revisits the hysteria of 1692, when people in the town were falsely accused of being witches or 'consorting with the devil.' Twenty people were put to death during this notorious time. The museum explores that time period with a presentation that includes narration and life-sized figurines. Visitors will also learn about peoples changing views on witch hunts and witchcraft over time. The museum store has some interesting souvenirs to pick up. Check website for more.

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