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Salem Witch Museum

Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-1692
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Ranked #33 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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Stowe, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I must say that the Salem Witch Museum presentation/tour was very educational. The mannequin presentation is a little odd but covers all the facts of what happened. It's spooky in there too, so it gets you in the mood for a good witch story. Not appropriate for little kids. The guided tour is interesting too, but it's a shame that... More

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St-Bernard-de-Lacolle
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

For the $9.50 you pay you might expect a little more than a hurried 40-minute explanation of the Salem witch frenzy. It starts out promising with everyone in a darkened room listening to a recorded recounting of the events that led to the deaths of 20 innocent people, while looking at mannequin tableaux of each event. After that things speed... More

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ANTIOCH
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The staging of the mannequins is a little "hokey". To get the best views, sit in the middle or on the right side as you enter the "theater". It did give us information on the 9 month witch hysteria that put Salem on the travelers map.

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I thought they would have live actors but it was really great. Just the right length, but it is not appropriate for small children!!! They told people they could get their money back , bit it was way too scary for little ones!!! There's a hanging and they show a man getting"pressed". Otherwise a great experience.

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Lapeer, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Not what I expected...a big disappointment. The visual aids with the story of the witch trials are store mannequins that are broken & poorly glued/plastered back together. From one angle, it appeared a mannequin was smiling...when that is not what the scene meant to convey. This is what I would expect to see in a middle school play, not from... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This show allows you a 360 degree view of the history of Salem. The set up is innovative matched with some old fashion tricks and props. This two part show begins with no interaction between guest and host while the second gives a very nice history of the path of a witch. This was the first attraction which followed and... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I, who didn't know about the history learned a lot from the tour but it's a weird way to do it. There are a bunch of wax figures that get lit up as someone talks about them. It's a really weird room and a really weird way. The second area has a couple more talking statues which stress the importance... More

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Norwood
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I agree with other reviewers that it's hokey. It does wrap the witch trials in a nutshell for those who don't know about them which is a plus I guess. But I thought it was going to have more historical content/displays.

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I want my $10 and 25 minutes back. Just a waste of time and money. Not historically accurate, very sensational (in a bad way). Wish I had spent this time at the house of seven gables or similar.

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South Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I went to this " museum" thinking there would be more artifacts and actually history about the witch hunt. Boy was I wrong. It is basically an outdated "show" that wastes 25 mins of your lives and then another 10 min waste of time learning about Wicca and how withces are portrayed throughout history. I would not call this place... More

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