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The Salem Museum

32 Derby Sq, Old Salem Town Hall, Salem, MA 01970-3704
+1 978-998-2094
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Salem in a room

Just one large room, but full of information on the history of Salem - not just the Witch Trials... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Swedishtomcat
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Diss
Semi-hidden Museum

My wife and I spotted this museum while walking along the Essex Street Pedestrian path. Great way... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert E
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Argyle, New York
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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!
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  • Poor5%
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32 Derby Sq, Old Salem Town Hall, Salem, MA 01970-3704
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just one large room, but full of information on the history of Salem - not just the Witch Trials - presented on easy-to-read fabric sheets. It gave us an insightful overview into the town, its former economy and some of its notable residents.

Thank Swedishtomcat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spotted this museum while walking along the Essex Street Pedestrian path. Great way to learn about other points of Salem's history.

1  Thank Robert E
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This little museum tells the history of Salem in a nutshell. We were greeted at the door by a town troubadour in costume who welcomed us and took our admission. Each important topic from the settlement of Salem to the 20th century is covered here...More

1  Thank QNPoohBear
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to begin a visit to Salem. Covers all of Salem's histotical high and low points, including an accurate exhibit on the witch trials.

Thank Kennath
Reviewed 30 July 2017

On a family trip to Rockport, we decided to see this museum and it did not disappoint. Great fun and a look at history and how times were back in the 1600's. We learned a lot and enjoyed the presentations.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Gorgeous old building, a must see for a Hocus Pocus fan! Beautiful area to walk around in, sadly the museum was not open the day I was there

3  Thank JaimeKarsch
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
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...More

2  Thank Pamela B
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
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...More

1  Thank Angie_Ohio
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