Best known for the witch trials that took place in 1692, Salem is sure to bewitch you with its seaside charm, its maritime history and spellbinding beauty. Follow the Red Line along the sidewalks to navigate your journey through historic sites, including the Witch Trial Memorial, the Old Burying Point Cemetery and more. Discover serenity by the sea on the beaches of Salem Willows. The Bewitched statue, the Witch Museum and the Witch Dungeon conjure up diverse takes on witchery through history.
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5 based on 108 reviews
Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.
Our guide, Joan, was extremely passionate about the House and the families that lived there. We had a tour of two....just my bride and I. It was great...we asked many questions and Joan was so willing to respond....great artifacts....provides outstanding insights as to how the affluent lived in those days...if you like history and nistalgia....you should enjoy this site.
4.5 based on 324 reviews
Sure -- you can take the boring train or bus (or, heavens, even drive) to Salem from Boston. But, isn't a nice water trip enticing. The catamaran leaves from the Long Wharf in Boston and drops you at the Salem Ferry terminal, about a 15 minutes walk from downtown (with signs to see on you way there). The catamaran is pleasant, with plenty of seats and tables indoors and outdoors, on two decks. There is a snack bar (with free ginger candies if the rolling seas get to you) and less than an hour after leaving you're in Salem. A nice bonus is a tourist narration of the sights in and history of Boston Harbor at the Boston end of the trip, and a similar narration about the area from Marblehead to Salem at the Salem end of the trip. The middle of the trip does take you on what can be somewhat rough waters (the remains of hurricane Maria were churning the seas when I went on the trip). But even though I am not a strong fan of water based transportation, I found it pleasant.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the museum’s vast collections and changing exhibitions, ranging from modern art to photography to Asian art and culture. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, the only example of Chinese vernacular architecture on display in the United States.
Even though I went specifically for the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit, I did see the other exhibits that were there. I did not pay the extra $6 for the China house. Really...after paying $20 to get into the museum, I kind of felt like that should be included! But on the plus side, you could watch a video on the Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House and it explains the history behind it and how they dismantled it to bring it over here. The Visitor Map they handed out at the beginning I did not find to be user friendly. I found it very hard to read. So I did just wonder around and discovered the American Art room which had a Norman Rockwell hidden in a corner! The T.C Cannon exhibit is not to be missed, and the American Art and the Japanese Art were also good!
4.5 based on 2 reviews
Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National Historic Landmark is a treasure of American history. Professional guides welcome guests year round for a remarkable journey that explores Salem's maritime history, architecture, the famous hidden staircase, and the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Adding to the site's charm are spectacular three-season colonial revival gardens, and our unique museum store. Please visit our website for current hours and information.
Terry was an amazing tour guide and our family loved the experience! The secret stairway was the best part of any historical tour I have ever been onThank you for taking the time to rate your visit. We're happy you had a great time experiencing the Secret Staircase and that Terri took good care of you! We'll be sure to pass along your kind words.
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Each of this park's 20 stone benches represents a person executed in the infamous 1692 witch trials.
This is right next to the Old Burying Point Cemetary, and is basically a big lawn. However, it's pretty cool to go to and remember what a tragic time period it was.
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One of the Salem witch trial judges, Jonathan Corwin, is buried here.
This ancient burial ground has some of the most interesting Early American tombstones that one will find anywhere. Some of Salem’s most notable citizens are buried here, including a passenger who came to America on the Mayflower. One learns a lot from reading the inscriptions on the headstones & viewing the traditional funerary imagery depicted on them (weeping willows, skulls, grieving angels). We always take visiting friends for a walk through the burial ground, which is just behind the Peabody Essex Museum.
4.5 based on 810 reviews
WE HAVE MOVED to 217 Essex Street in Salem! This cinematic Monster museum is dedicated to all those who have entertained us in the world of Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi! Actors, directors and special effects wizards of the past and present are all honored here with over 60 life-sized realistic recreations of the horror's genre's most memorable characters. With NEW yearly additions it is safe for all. During OCTOBER, the monsters come to life making Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery Salem's Scariest Haunted house but during the rest of the year, the monsters are quite calm and won't move at all. See you soon!!! Be sure to CHECK OUR CALENDAR on our site for times to best enjoy your visit!
From Nasferatu to Chucky and Saw. This collection covers it all.
Many signed and original pieces with a Great representation of all parts of the horror movie genra.
Creature from the black lagoon, Munsters, Legend, Lost Boys, It, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Hellraiser, Elvira, Hannibal Lecter. It's all there.
4.5 based on 274 reviews
Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage.
Great area that provides history for those who enjoy that about the Custom House and Derby Wharf area. If history isn't your thing, it is a beautiful spot to watch the boats and have your lunch. Many fun history facts posted along the way.
4.5 based on 457 reviews
Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center is an ideal place to begin your visit to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area. National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers will welcome you to the city and to the Heritage Area, and help you plan your visit.
We where looking for actual bathrooms to use while walking the busy streets of Salem and was told to come here instead of the stinky port o pots that where along the street... Very clean building. Lots to read and check out. Nice large bathrooms that we stopped to use. Free water bottle refill stations for your pit stop!
4 based on 473 reviews
Having come in for the day on a Bus Trip for the very busy Halloween weekend, this was our drop off and pick up point. Nice location to explore, esp close the House of the Seven Gables just down Derby St. Some decent restaurants in the Wharf area as well (if you can get in.) This weekend, all reservations began with a 90 minute wait, but we did succeed.
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