Located in Plymouth, Mass., Plimoth Plantation serves as a living museum to accurately represent the first colony of English settlers who arrived in the New World in the 1600s. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is a culmination of extensive research from artifacts such as personal written accounts from the original Pilgrims, historical artwork and archaeological studies.
The museum has three separate sites: Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill. The main site boasts a working English village complete with historical interpreters who follow the 17th-century way of life to a tee, complete with appropriate attire and accents. They approach Plimoth Plantation visitors as though they are strange but welcome outsiders to their home.
The interpretation of village life follows a nine-month timeline from March through November 1627, and the months loosely correspond to the time of year the museum is open today. Visitors can witness reenactments of key moments in the lives of the colonists who lived during that year.
All three areas of the museum are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is plenty of free onsite parking available for visitors at the main village site of Plimoth Plantation, located near the Eel River in Plymouth.