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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Address: 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-740-1650
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Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site...

Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage.

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Lovely outdoor. We went in thanksgiving weekend from NYC. My kids love to see the seafront and racing to each other. It would be fantastic if the weather was less wet. Signs are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I attempted the visit here last weekend, but unknown to us, the entire National Park and the Friendship of Salem was closed for renovations. It was like a ghost-town, and was very disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We went to Salem because of all the witches stories and looked for something else to do while there. We found the free tours offered by the rangers on the Friendship boat, the Customs House and the Derby and Narbonne houses. It was the highlight of our tour! The ranger was very knowledgeable and gave us a true lesson on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Lovely outdoor. We went in thanksgiving weekend from NYC. My kids love to see the seafront and racing to each other. It would be fantastic if the weather was less wet. Signs are good enough to understand the history of the warehouse and the custom house.

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Thank Yaruma R
Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We took a trip to Salem and what a gem this place is. Never mind the hocus pocus of Salem. Come and visit this beautiful historic building and learn about their history in trade. They have old transcripts of trade ,passenger lists ,age,description of passengers, cargo and price.Visit. It's a great little self tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Very interesting. The staff were very knowledgeable about the history and answered all of our questions. The area was well kept and have very unique antique.

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Thank Kamfay
Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Key features are the Salem customs house and the Friendship of Salem ship, but be sure to check the schedule when they are open to enter, because they aren't open all day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Learn how ships merchandise was weighed & taxed. Great history in this building. A real treasure & it doesn't take long to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This was a great place to stop and spend some time by the water, see some of Salem's history through interpretive NPS exhibits and learn a bit more about Nathaniel Hawthorne's tenure as a customs officer. The Friendship of Salem is a recreation of the original - but still very fun to tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This was the unknown side of Salem as a bustling seaport. The old sailing ship there was a real slice of history. And I'd highly recommend a hot chocolate and cookie in the restaurant just by the old harbour

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Very disappointed at this National Historic Site visit. I will say our stop occurred during October which is when Salem is obsessed with witches and Halloween. Even given that caveat I have visited almost 100 of the 400 NPS locations and this was a letdown. Problem #1: was that the Visitor Center is not by the Ship where is is... More 

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