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Salem Witch Museum

Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-1692
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Ranked #30 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: Visitors experience the panic of the Witch Trials of 1692 through this museum's dramatic use of sets and lighting.
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Come check this out especially on your first trip to Salem. Very enlightening to the history and overall ideas. Much more in the city to do but carve some time at least once

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New Haven, Connecticut
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It seemed that many bashed this as it's not a typical museum, but I really enjoyed it. The first part has a narrator telling a story while wax figures are depicted in numerous environments. The second part goes over the history of the witch from the past to the present. The price was reasonable and worth a visit if you... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I felt robbed of time and money wheni left this 'museum'. They sit you in a room surrounded by dummies and they light them up one by one telling you stories. You have to keep moving around to see what's going on no matter where you sit. The stories they tell are lengthy and you can't help but be annoyed... More

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Felton, California
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351 reviews 351 reviews
170 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

A museum with a 45 minute presentation in a big room and then a shorter walk with a docent thru another room. Interesting facts but not really worth the price of admission. Would not recommend. I think you can do just as well on your own. Large gift shop with lots of "not made in America" tacky items.

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Redwood City, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

You sit in a room and watch a presentation for around 45 min. Unfortunately, there is almost no way to see all the parts unless you sit on the floor and spin around. There is narration as lights go on and off in dioramas around 15 feet above the floor. It is quite odd. The information is interesting and the... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Now, I'm no expert when it comes to museums. But by definition, a museum is a building in which interesting and valuable things (such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects) are collected and shown to the public. I'll go out on a limb here and say that this is not a museum. For about $10, you are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a great way to learn the Salem Witch Trial story. The first, "main" exhibit, could use a refresh, but it was really informative! Contrary to another reviewer, I really like the second exhibit and talk. Overall. This is a great way to understand the basics of the Salem Witch Trial story and the factors that influenced the hysteria... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It was rated on other sites as one of the best places to visit in Salem. I read here first that it was not. I should have listened. Unless you sit in the middle of the floor you really cant see the presentation around you. I learned nothing new about the witch trials and felt like they didn't elaborate on... More

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21 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

A museum has artifacts - this is an attraction. It is a very popular attraction, and is timed, so depending on when you arrive, your entry ticket may be for later in the day. To be honest, the first part of the attraction was interesting - highlights of how the witch mania occurred, the various victims, the trials....but after this,... More

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Flint, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The Salem Witch Museum is an obvious attraction in Salem - a converted Catholic Church that houses an interesting permanent display for the history of the witch trials in Salem, MA will hold your attention for a while, but toward the end of that introduction it becomes VERY political. The story shifts from historical fact to commentary on the views... More

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