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The New England Pirate Museum Salem

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The New England Pirate Museum
274 Derby Street
Salem
MA
01970
Tel: 978 741 2800

Directions

Salem is located 16 miles north of Boston, and is a convenient 30 minute drive. Take Rte. 128 North, Exit 25A and follow Rte. 114 East. In Salem, follow signs to Waterfront, and The New England Pirate Museum.

Where are we going today?

Arrr, it be pirates in the Salem area ready to have a pirate family fun day out!

Kids can be immersed in the little known history of the New England pirates and sea-robbers at the New England Pirate Museum!

Kids can hear all about those swashbuckling pirates of Blackbeard and Captains Kidd, who actually roamed the New England coast plundering the merchant ships who tried to head to shore.

It's a great way for them to learn about history whilst having fun...after all, it's pirates!

The New England Pirate Museum offers historically accurate and entertaining live walking tours, along with a fun guide who always encourage the kids to participate and answer questions!

The tour will begin in their artifacts room that is filled with REAL pirate treasures...imagine the stories they hold!

Then, you can stroll through a colonial seaport, then board a pirate ship, AND explore an 80 foot caves...sounds pretty scary! (Especially when you encounter those 17th century pirates face to face!)

Did you know that the area off Boston was called the Gold Coast? That's exactly why pirates like Blackbeard loved the area! The gold was from Central American and Europe, and many of the pirates were actually from New England. Here's a fun fact - many of the treasures ended up being buried off the coast, and most of it is still there! 

Kids can mingle with the swashbucklers of old, and become part of their world. 

The 20 to 30 minute walking tour will really show you who the real rascals of 1692 Salem were (and they weren't the witches!)

Let's go find some treasure! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$7 (Ages 4 to 13)
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily May to Oct. Weekends only April and Nov.

May to November

Teachers corner

There are a great many options available both online and in person for educators and group leaders. Group rates are available upon request, so give them a call and book!.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to enjoy some food before or after your tour in Salem!.

Healthy Eating!

You will be able to find healthy options in Salem .

Any Top Tips?

Check out the special Haunted Happenings tours throughout October!.

Doing our bit

The museum is there for visitors to learn about historical happenings, so all of the artifacts and exhibits are based on historical evidence. .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can help you! .

Can I get one of those?

They have a pirate gift shop where you can purchase all your pirate needs! Arrrrr.

More information

Combination ticket available with the Witch Dungeon Museum, Witch History Museum and the New England Pirate Museum. .

What people are saying?

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    This was such a fun tour! I found it highly entertaining and very informative. Obviously given the name if the museum, you don't learn anything about witches, just pirates. Our tour guide was dressed for the part and had a very projecting voice that could easily be heard throughout the entire tour. The walk-through was decorated so accurately, I honestly felt like I was walking through a cave hunting for treasure right along with the pirates. Very fun and entertaining, I would highly recommend this to anyone that was interested in learning...Read More

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    I don't actually hate it but it's obviously overrated for unknown reasons.

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    I took my little cousins to this, ages 6 and 4. While the guide was enthusiastic and knowledgable, the place needs a serious face lift. The scenes and manequins are extremely dated and lack enhancing lighting, effects or sound effects to make it more exciting. The 80 foot cave sounded enticing on the website but was so ineffective that my cousins ran through it, barely noticing the scenes on each side of them. The pirate museum could tell its great story in a much more captivating way if they made serious upgrades to the aesthetics.

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    Different in a good way

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    Great and Scary!
    Great to go at Halloweentime

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by Courtney Stout

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This was such a fun tour! I found it highly entertaining and very informative. Obviously given the name if the museum, you don't learn anything about witches, just pirates. Our tour guide was dressed for the part and had a very projecting voice that could easily be heard throughout the entire tour. The walk-through was decorated so accurately, I honestly felt like I was walking through a cave hunting for treasure right along with the pirates. Very fun and entertaining, I would highly recommend this to anyone that was interested in learning more about pirate legends from the Salem coastal area.

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