Highest-rated specialty museums in Massachusetts, according to Tripadvisor

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January 9, 2022
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Highest-rated specialty museums in Massachusetts, according to Tripadvisor

The Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683 at the University of Oxford, stands as the first public museum in the world. The gallery was started when its founder, Elias Ashmole, in 1677 donated his private collection to the university. Much of that original collection is still on display, including a crystal ball, several kidney stones, and preserved, exotic animals.

By creating the museum, Ashmole sought to do what all museum curators have worked for since: to create a space where people could be inspired and educated by artifacts and art from the world around them. Specialty museums are particularly focused, diving deep into highly specific subject matters, from seashells to ventriloquism.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest specialty museums in Massachusetts on Tripadvisor. Keep reading to see what unique museums are in your own home state.

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#30. Royall House and Slave Quarters

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (24 reviews)
- Address: 15 George St, Medford, MA 02155-4513
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#29. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (162 reviews)
- Address: 11 Divinity Ave Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
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#28. Cape League Hall of Fame

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (67 reviews)
- Address: not available
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#27. Titanic Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (30 reviews)
- Address: 208 Main St, Springfield, MA 01151-1132
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#26. MIT Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (671 reviews)
- Address: 265 Massachusetts Ave Mit Bldg N51, Cambridge, MA 02139-4118
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#25. Witch Dungeon Museum

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (780 reviews)
- Address: 16 Lynde St, Salem, MA 01970-3404
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#24. American Heritage Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (73 reviews)
- Address: 568 Main St, Hudson, MA 01749-3027
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#23. Battleship Cove

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (756 reviews)
- Address: 5 Water St, Fall River, MA 02721-1540
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#22. Shark Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (64 reviews)
- Address: 235 Orleans Rd, Chatham, MA 02633-1975
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#21. Cahoon Museum of American Art

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (42 reviews)
- Address: 4676 Falmouth Rd Rte. 28, near Rte. 130, Barnstable, MA 02635-2521
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#20. Salem Witch Village

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (327 reviews)
- Address: not available
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#19. Amherst College Museum of Natural History

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (104 reviews)
- Address: 11 Barrett Hill Road Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002
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#18. Sandwich Glass Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (740 reviews)
- Address: 129 Main St, Sandwich, MA 02563-2233
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#17. Salem Witch Museum

- Rating: 3.0 / 5 (3,487 reviews)
- Address: 19 1/2 Washington Sq, Salem, MA 01970-4096
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#16. Rebecca Nurse Homestead

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (126 reviews)
- Address: 149 Pine St, Danvers, MA 01923-2693
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#15. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (3,918 reviews)
- Address: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
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#14. The Patriots Hall of Fame

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (372 reviews)
- Address: 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035-1374
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#13. Cape Cod Maritime Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (66 reviews)
- Address: 135 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
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#12. National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (5 reviews)
- Address: 288 N Main St, Mansfield, MA 02048-2281
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#11. Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (122 reviews)
- Address: 288 Scudder Avenue at the Simmons Homestead Inn, Hyannis Port, MA 02647
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#10. Emily Dickinson Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (285 reviews)
- Address: 280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002-2349
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#9. New Bedford Whaling Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (819 reviews)
- Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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#8. Whydah Pirate Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (396 reviews)
- Address: 674 Ma-28, West Yarmouth, Yarmouth, MA 02673
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#7. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (112 reviews)
- Address: 21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA 01103-1548
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#6. Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (240 reviews)
- Address: 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930-4433
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#5. Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,469 reviews)
- Address: 1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657
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#4. Heritage Museums & Gardens

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (913 reviews)
- Address: 67 Grove St, Sandwich, MA 02563-2110
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#3. Basketball Hall of Fame

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (675 reviews)
- Address: 1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105-2518
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#2. John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,152 reviews)
- Address: 397 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601-3914
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#1. Whaling Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,587 reviews)
- Address: 13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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