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The Custom House

178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour only.
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178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great history of the town and the importance of the customs house, a very well known author came from here, stop in and see who ..

Thank Cindy W
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Take the tour to see this well preserved old building and to hear that Nathaniel Hawthorne worked there and how they say he got the idea to write the scarlet letter.

Thank bobbyur
Reviewed 31 October 2017

The Custom House tour of the lower level was free when we were. here. Author Hawthorne had worked here for a few years. Loved the history and the building.

Thank potatofish
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The doors were open this Halloween weekend of 2017, and it was a treat to see the interior and get a brief history provided by the National Parks representative on site. He did a nice job with a quick history and was available to answer...More

Thank DaveEB310
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This was a nice place to visit and learn a little history. The view from the second floor out into the harbor was beautiful.

Thank sueylt
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We weren't sure if we should stop in at The Custom House, but I'm glad that we did. Salem has so much more history than just The Salem Witch Trails. Only the first floor of The Custom House is accessible to the public but there...More

Thank LKSG123
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

There is much more to Salem than its association with the with trials and The Custom House is a great representation of that. We were fortunate to visit when two really knowledgeable and enthusiastic Park Rangers were on staff and spent quite a while talking...More

Thank ozark_Roxy
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Interesting old building filled w/the items so important to the taxing history of a busy maritime port. The guide on hand answered questions and provided insights to how the tax process worked in this once very lively seaport and was a wealth of interesting information...More

Thank AquaBarb
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The Custom House offers a historical point of view of the area for free! Great area near the Derby Wharf.

Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

The problem with Salem is that it is difficult to get away from the association with witch trials. Yet there is so much more to it than a few difficult months in 1692. One way to get another viewpoint is to visit this beautiful building...More

Thank CCR_GR
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