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National Heritage Museum
Ranked #8 of 18 things to do in Lexington
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Owner description: The National Heritage Museum is an American history museum founded and supported by 32° Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America.
Boston, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Just like the name says this is about our National Heritage. There are always new exhibits and it's just down the street from Lexington Center. It's worth the trip to see the interesting displays.

Thank CherylBoston
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Cambridge, MA
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“National Heritage Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

Beautiful building and grounds. A splendid place to chill out.

Thank Samuel K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Always interesting exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

Cosy museum who has hosted many interesting exhibits like the Henson one last year as well as talks and programs.

Thank puppetgal8
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Boston, Massachusetts
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641 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 592 helpful votes
“Okay but not a great place for kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2010

This place was a lot better than I thought. It is located on the Battle trail of Lexington and as small as it is, it is packed with all sorts of changing exhibits. We went to see the Jim Henson exhibit which I am quite sure was the draw of all the crowds that showed up here. It was amazing and a real treat. The rest of the rooms contain artifacts and paraphernalia from the Revolutionary War and also there was a changing exhibit dedicated to National Parks. What was interesting was the fact that this place was also home to the Free Masons National Headquarters. There were other buildings on this campus which appeared to be dedicated to that topic and secret societies in America etc. Although I was impressed by the exhibits and the history, I am not sure this place is good for kids since quite frankly there just wasn't a lot there.

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Lexington, MA
2 reviews
“Spacious, Interesting, and Free (Donations Accepted)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2008

A cultural treasure, this museum is free. Parking is ample, attendance is sparse, and it gives one time to learn a lot about American history at one's leisure without the pressure of lines, sales, etc.

Permanent exhibits cover the beginning of the revolution in Lexington and Masonic history.

Rotating exhibits have spanned all parts of American history, usually well-conceived collections of photographs and artifacts.

The gift shop is nice and compact, and there is limited food avaialble onsite (one can always drive to the many nearby restaurants)

Recommended for ages 6+.

While I would not go to Lexington "just" to go to this museum, this can be combined with a visit to the houses owned by the Lexington Historical Society and lunch in Lexington center. Kids can run around on Lexington Green, and adults can enjoy some less structured and pressured time. You can also scoot on to Concord if you want to learn more about the origins of the American revolution after your visit to Lexington.

Thank extrospect
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