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Salem Witch Museum

Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-1692
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Ranked #34 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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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Felt it overpriced and no more than a visit to the standard gift experience you get with all these places all over the world. Nothing not already known added by the tour and the "museum" doesn't really consist of much more than one room. Perhaps you may get more from it if you visit but personally I felt there is... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Read "The Crucible" and watch the movie with Daniel Day Lewis. It'll cost ya less and you'll learn a hell of a lot more. Cheesy and amateur presentation at best, and that's being complimentary. Don't waste your money. Seriously.

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Sheffield
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I have wanted to visit this museum for years. Then I saw the bad reviews and went to the witch house instead. I then decided maybe the reviews were harsh and I should go. It cost $22.50 for me and 2 children. We sat in a large room and different scenes lit up mannequins and explained the history. I agreed... More

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HdeG, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Nothing dramatic - just gives you a good history of the actual events that lead up to the Witch Trials - forget the superstitions, this is the true history. Yes, a perfect way to start your visit to Salem.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It's an interesting presentation with the majority of it in one room for which you are seated and different areas of the viewing area our lighted up as that part of the presentation is narrated. I remember being impressed with this museum as a young teenager, but this visit was only ok because I think of the leaps in technology... More

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Frisco, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Like stated by others, the displays are a little cheesy, but the recorded talk is very interesting. The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me, and this museum didn't disappoint. After you're done, make sure you walk a few blocks over to the memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Brings the whole "creepy" day together. The gift shop is... More

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Newmarket, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Learning about the witch hunts and trails of 1692 were very interesting and educational. Thought that the young lady giving the tour should have practiced her story telling a little bit more. It seemed she knew her material but had trouble communicating it. Gift store at the end of the tour was a bit hokey with non related witch stuff.... More

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New York City, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

August 2012 we enjoyed our visit to the Museum. It was very informative. The people were very friendly and answered any questions we had. We found it very interesting.

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Stowe, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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

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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