Family Days Out recently visited the Salem Witch Museum, and we couldn't recommend it more!
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, so 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.