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Salem Witch Museum
Washington Square
Salem
MA
01970
Tel: 978 744-1692

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Sometimes in history there are events which become infamous because of the horrors that were a part of it - and the Salem Witch Trials are one of those events. The fascinating Salem Witch Museum takes the kids back to a time in 1692 when twenty innocent people were accused and executed during the Witch Hysteria. It's a museum that will intrigue and educate, but not a museum for the younger kids.

The museum uses life-size figures, as well as lighting and narration to tell the stories of the trials, and of these twenty people. It's a great way for kids to really understand what happened, and how differently thing are today. History really does come to life! 

Live guides will take visitors through changing interpretations of not only the witches, but the truth behind the stereotypes, and even witchcraft practice today. You've heard about witch hunting? At the Salem Witch Museum you can hear all about that frightening phenomenon.

The museum starts from the beginning - who was the first case? How did it all happen? How did it escalate? It not only explains the events of the Salem trials, but also the times in which these accusations occurred. There were lots of stresses in the 17th century, with outbreaks, war, fear and suspicion. IT wasn't particularly a pleasant time to be alive!

It’s a great opportunity for kids to see another side of history - and discuss their thoughts on the events. Do they think they were fair? What would they have done? What would it have been like to live at such a time?

A really eye-opening experience for the family at the Salem Witch Museum. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7 (Ages 6 to 14)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily. 7pm close July and August

All year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Teachers corner

There are a number of options for the students to come and experience the museum - just get in contact and see what the options are! .

Any Top Tips?

They have group rates too!.

Doing our bit

The museum do their best to really let history come to life, and show the true stories of the events. .

Need a little extra help?

If you do need wheelchair access, give them a call before you arrive to see what they can do for you..

Can I get one of those?

Of course there is a gift shop! There are a number of items - both fascinating and educational, that your kids can take home! .

More information

The museum closes early (3pm) on Christmas Eve and New Years Day. .

What people are saying?

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    It was cool, but yes, there are better museums to visit. However, my family and i did enjoy it, but the "second" part of the "tour" is thru something that may resemble a high-school or junior high-school presentation of the "history" of witches. Some stuff was interesting and i like the wax figures and all that stuff. Also, here is a tip: SIT IN THE MIDDLE SECTION ON THE LITTLE WHITE BENCHES. the main/first part of the tour is in a large tall room with a 360 view of all the figures.

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    I wanted to give this tour 3.5 stars, because it was more than OK, but I think there might be better tours/museums out there that might be of better use of time and money. I really enjoyed my entire time in Salem, and am in no way looking to bash on anything, but I want to give an honest review because I know people turn to these reviews when researching what places they want to see when they tour Salem. The first part of this tour was very interesting, the presentation they show that covers the basics of the Salem Witch Trials was very informative...Read More

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    NOT A MUSEUM! There are not any objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest housed in this building. There is not one artifact on exhibit. NOT ONE! Their bait and switch is pathetic and sad. It should be called an 'interpretive center' with a gift shop, at best. The coolest thing about this place is the view of it from outside. The few relics connected to the Witch Trials of 1692 are housed in the Peabody Essex Museum a couple blocks away on Essex St. There are 3 exceptions however, a bottle of Witch Pins can be found upstairs...Read More

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    I did not expect too much, and so I was not that disappointed. The museum pretty much featured what is promised on their website. The staff was very kind and seemed highly motivated to us. The presentation gives a rough overview about what happened back in 1692, how one thing led to another. The guided presentation was also done by a motivated narrator, and the evolution of the old Celtic midwife to the evil witch of the medieval ages and forward to the recent religion of Wicca was shown. Also, the concepts of modern witch hunts were explained...Read More

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    Very unimpressed. I made the mistake of going during Haloween weekend and it was awful. It was chauncey and fake. It was every history buff's worst nightmare. Maybe if I went without everyone pretending to "cast spells" then perhaps it would be different. It was stripped of history and prostitued to gift shops. I spent my childhood daydreaming about a place that was not a snap shot in time, but rather a gathering place for people in capes.

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by Courtney Stout

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I wanted to give this tour 3.5 stars, because it was more than OK, but I think there might be better tours/museums out there that might be of better use of time and money. I really enjoyed my entire time in Salem, and am in no way looking to bash on anything, but I want to give an honest review because I know people turn to these reviews when researching what places they want to see when they tour Salem. The first part of this tour was very interesting, the presentation they show that covers the basics of the Salem Witch Trials was very informative and interesting. It gave me good background knowledge for when I took the Hocus Pocus tour and learned more in depth what took place during the trials. The next part was a little dry and the tour guide wasn't as enthusiastic or dressed for the part as I have seen other tour guides. I was with a group that got in for a discount price, so I felt it was worth my time and money. But had I paid full priced I might not be feeling the same.

by Bridget Bishop

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NOT A MUSEUM! There are not any objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest housed in this building. There is not one artifact on exhibit. NOT ONE! Their bait and switch is pathetic and sad. It should be called an 'interpretive center' with a gift shop, at best. The coolest thing about this place is the view of it from outside. The few relics connected to the Witch Trials of 1692 are housed in the Peabody Essex Museum a couple blocks away on Essex St. There are 3 exceptions however, a bottle of Witch Pins can be found upstairs in the court building on Washington St., the last remaining wood beam from the jail that housed the accused in 1692 can be viewed at the Salem Witch Dungeon on Lynde St., and of course the original manuscripts and court papers are held at the Danvers Archival Center on Sylvan St. in Danvers, MA.

by Carsten Tolkmit

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I did not expect too much, and so I was not that disappointed. The museum pretty much featured what is promised on their website. The staff was very kind and seemed highly motivated to us. The presentation gives a rough overview about what happened back in 1692, how one thing led to another. The guided presentation was also done by a motivated narrator, and the evolution of the old Celtic midwife to the evil witch of the medieval ages and forward to the recent religion of Wicca was shown. Also, the concepts of modern witch hunts were explained in brief.
You should not expect the style of a Smithsonian institution here, though ;-)
The price of $9 (adult) was okay to us.

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