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Witch Dungeon Museum

16 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-741-3570
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Ranked #23 of 41 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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Juneau
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was overacted in the stage portion (and the actress who plays the accuser had forgotten to zip her skirt) then you go down to an over crowded basement with terrible wax portayals. The worst is that you stand shoulder to shoulder at the beginning of the basement part while the "tour guide" tells you what every one of the... More

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Long Beach, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite witch-history related attraction in Salem. You start off in a theater, where two actresses re-create part of a witch trial (some of the lines are taken from real court records.) You then descend into a re-creation of a dungeon where those accused of witchcraft were kept. The dungeon feels a bit creepy, but nothing jumps out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

You can buy a combo ticket for 19 dollars to go to this museum as well as two other similar museums. They're all similar, small, guided, and have a short play or informative introductions before you visit the wax display portions of the museums. This one was my second favorite of the three. The dungeon was very cool and really... More

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

Considering this is not the original which dungeon it was still put together very nicely. They have you wait and loiter inside the gift shop before you sit down and watch a small performance. Depending on the crowd they have to break down small groups to take downstairs into the exhibits. Each staff person tells the story of the images... More

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Bronxville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Lots of history and very informative. however it is not the original site of the dungeon but gives a good idea of what the original was like

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Mastic Beach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There's a short re-enactment of one of the trials before you go down to the dungeon. Very informative and not at all boring. Much more worth your time than the Witch Museum which looks fancy on the outside but is a bore inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

First time in Salem and the museum gave us a lot of history and insight about the conditions the victims of the witch trials had endured. Well worth the price!

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Scarborough, ME, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was the first tour we took on our visit to Salem. We were excited to learn about the trials and see what they had for us. Well, the best thing about the tour was the building it was held in which was a very old church. The architecture was beautiful. I wish we could have learned about it. Instead,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I liked the presentation before you went to the dungeon. I wish there was more explanation behind the room it was done in though. There were also pictures with captions on the walls that we were never given time to look at and read, and I regret not asking to see them. Overall I enjoyed learning about the history.

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delanco, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The witch trial reenactment was very good but the replica of the dungeon, especially the coffin cells, really brought home to me what these people had to endure. Definitely worth seeing.

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