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The Salem Museum

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Address: 32 Derby Sq, Old Salem Town Hall, Salem, MA 01970-3704
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The Salem Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling the whole story of...

The Salem Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling the whole story of Salem's long and rich history. It uses large, colorful displays to reveal Salem from its founding in the 1620's to the 20th century. Learn about the Golden Age of Sail, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem at war, the witch trials and much, much more!And its FREE!

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Small Museum with Interesting Info

The small museum housed on the first floor of the Old City Hall was an inexpensive way to learn about the true Salem. Entrance was $4. Much of the information was reading... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Aurora, Ohio
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Aguascalientes, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

rich in the city history, but the problem is that there are not many things, americans are not very known for keeping old story artifacts

1 Thank mewtwo2285
Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

My husband and I went through the lower level only, with lots of reading of the history and famous people of Salem, Mass. We didn't do the tour of the upstairs because it was pricey, more than likely due to the Halloween weekend. Still neat to go through.

2 Thank Pamela B
Liverpool, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Good museum that shows more than witches in Salem. Best to do this one first to give a wider perspective of town. Curator in period costume plus guitar was helpful.

1 Thank Childwall56
Aurora, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The small museum housed on the first floor of the Old City Hall was an inexpensive way to learn about the true Salem. Entrance was $4. Much of the information was reading banners. One of the biggest insights I got from the collection was about the big fire on June 25, 1914. With over 1,376 buildings destroyed, it explains a... More 

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

$4 per adult - the Smithonian it is not. It covers the witch trials as well as the history of Salem. Most of the exhibit "things" appeared to be replicas. Apart from that it was interesting.

Thank jverdicchio
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This small museum highlights the history of Salem, not just the witch trials. The curator (in his period costume) was very informative and a pleasure to talk to.

Thank Derek_Viv
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Small space of yes history of the area but honestly I walked in and walked right on out. If you want to stand there and read everything ok and see a few relics of the past it's fine for you but other than that it bored me.

Thank theused72588
Davenport, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great stop to see some history other than the usual witch stuff. Exceptionally friendly man greeted us and sang while playing the guitar. Unreal hot in there...but it was absolutely roasting outside. Would recommend.

Thank MMM1988
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This small museum in the heart of Salem gives a overview of the history of the town without the fake gore of some of the other attractions. The friendly host was in period costume and a great guitar player. A relative bargain at $4 for an adult, but doesn't contain the dramatic reenactments of its witch-based competitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

There is much more to Salem than the witch trials and if you like to learn more about the town this museum is for you. It is small but very informative. It tells the history of the city from its colonial time and about the people who lived in town. Mostly banners telling the history but presented in a very... More 

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