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Witch Dungeon Museum

16 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-741-3570
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Ranked #25 of 44 attractions in Salem
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Traveler Description: The Witch Dungeon Museum has been educating and entertaining visitors for over 30 years. It gives a close look at what it was like to be imprisoned... more »
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Exciting show. Story tellers were good. Had a fun time. Each museum teaches you something different. Definitely recommend seeing while you are in Salem!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Yes, the actors are young adults that are not slated for the Oscars - but the performance does illustrate what might have been witnessed attending the actual trials. The original dungeon was lost in time, and then destroyed by accident in the 1950s during renovations. A somewhat cheesy replica is built for this attraction. It's not 100% historically accurate but... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The reenactment at the beginning of this tour is great !! The actual Dungeon is really cool to see !!

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Somerville, MA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Went here with a friend because we were desperate to get out of the rain, and it turned out to be a waste of time and money. They start the tour with a reenactment of a witch trial which had terrible acting and was painful to watch - one actress just spoke her lines with a modern American accent. After... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

When you walk inside you are entered into the gift shop, after that they take you to the stage where there is a short performance. During that time they will explain to you what is real and what isn't real in regards to the stories of witches in Salem. After that they take you through the dungeon where they have... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Curious about all the stories we've heard over the years and decided this was a good place to start. The building must have been a former church (how fitting!) and now a stage for the actors who work very hard to explain the horrible events leading to the horrific ending. The narrator gave us the prelude to the show and... More

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Revere, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

The 'Dungeon' was a fabulous visit. Imagine being in a prison cell where you could not even sit down?.... rather amazing. And after watching a witch trial( the actors were fantastic) and seeing what they based their verdict on is in a sense unconsciousable.HAD A GREAT TIME VISITING

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We visited the Witch Dungeon on Halloween afternoon 2013. As we waited, I noticed the prices for souvineers were very low, compared to some other shops in town. After a wait in the gift shop we were led into a small church with high ceilings. The tour guide introduced herself and gave a breif history of the Witch Trials. Then... More

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Gill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We have visited here several times on trips to Salem and we think its a must see for tourists. Very informative and gives you a little taste of what things must have been like for those innocent people accused of being witches. Gives great history on Salem. Highly recommend!!!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This Museum really exemplified the horrors and gave a rational explanation of the atrocities done in Salem, or really historically the outskirts of Salem village (learned from a guide). The reenactment was very well done and really opened up a lot of retrospection of how it would be to live in this time and to be different than the other... More

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