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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Beautiful building

The entry is free, staff is knowledgeable. the building is not air-conditioned. Original and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Always New Experiences

I love that the NPS staff here gets excited about their assignments, it makes it so interesting to... read more

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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.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entry is free, staff is knowledgeable. the building is not air-conditioned. Original and complete set of measuring instruments.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love that the NPS staff here gets excited about their assignments, it makes it so interesting to take their tours. Traveling with my college-aged daughter, I wanted to show her Salem. I've been several times and always learn something new. I had hoped to...More

Thank travelincalifmom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great example of Federal Architectural style. Has some cool old original furniture and items used by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Glad we went.

Thank wallersga
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I took 2 guided tours. One of the guides was a park volunteer and the other was a park ranger. They were both excellent giving so much information I was the only person on the tours but both guides made me feel like they thought...More

2  Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting little area! I wish the ship was there, but I'll definitely have to go back to see it when the ship is there! There was a good deal of information on the walk to the light house via plaques. I learned a lot...More

Thank Shopaholic_x0
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Salem Maritime NHS is located along the waterfront and chronicles the life of a major seaport from 200 years ago. Walk out to the lighthouse on the end of a long pier. Great view of the bay area from here. The park service controls...More

1  Thank stormkrow8
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Even though the ship, Friendship, is having hull repairs, is not in port, it is the place to start your touring of Salem's waterfront. The tour of the Customs House is great and easy to access. Remember to call in and reserve your spots, they...More

1  Thank pinkladysupport
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I went on a crisp clear autumnal day recently, and was disappointed. The ship was away for repairs, so that left a walk out to the lighthouse, some information plaques and a gift shop. To be fair, the gift shop does stock some lovely items,...More

Thank LighterFlash
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Free entry & great to see layout of old customs house. Guides most helpful and interesting with a number of exhibits to view.

Thank Childwall56
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Start with the Visitors Center to get acclimated - also houses a large book/gift shop. Stop by the Custom House and walk down Derby Wharf for fun interactive sites for kids. The vessel Friendship was not docked there - it is undergoing repairs in Gloucester.

Thank emholly
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Sue H
I am researching richard more and family ..do you have any information??
1 April 2015|
Response from Jonathan P | Property representative |
Possibly. Please email our Park Historian, Emily_Murphy@nps.gov.