Living museums

In Massachusetts, we have three “living museums”.  They are recreations of villages in a particular time period of Massachusetts history that contain buildings and actors who are historians dressed in period costume.

1.  Plimoth Plantation

A 17th century English settlement, a Wampanoag homesite, and Mayflower II.  Located on the sea in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The staff at the Wampanoag homesite are Native People who dress in traditional clothing and will discuss Wampanoag history and culture.

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The staff at the Mayflower and Plimoth Plantation are actor-historians.  They raise crops and livestock, do handicrafts, and cook over fires.Pym-PlimothPlantation_001

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Mayflower II

2.  Hancock Shaker Village

Shaker Village was established in 1791 as a Utopian society of Christians.  It has 20 historic buildings, extensive gardens, a working farm,  and runs craft demonstrations. Several special celebrations take place throughout the season, including Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm in the spring and Country Fair in the fall.

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3.  Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. You are invited into more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff.
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I was amused to stumble across Dongbu Tour in putting together photos for this post. Apparently, this Korean tour company already visits Old Sturbridge Village as one of its tourist destinations. Makes me want to take a trip with them just to hear Korean. 🙂


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One Response to Living museums

  1. Chul Moon says:

    O ho!! They still live there like an old people!!! Very surprise!!! One of Korean religion group also still live in the mountain.

    Sometimes we don’t need any speaking. Truth is always standing there. Isn’t it?

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