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The Custom House

178 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-740-1650
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Ranked #15 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour... more » Owner description: This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour only. « less
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Good way to get the history of Salem when it was a Maritime hub. Such an amazing story that I had no idea about before visiting.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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133 reviews 133 reviews
47 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well done with volunteers providing information. Provides information showing how much money the city historically provided and how it worked. Ties into the Hawthorne the author as he worked there at one time

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very good tour by an experienced National Park Service guide. Great local NE and Salem history preserved and presented in an engaging and professional manner. Kudos!

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We heard that it was rare to have it open for tours so this was a real treat. It is an interesting building and the history that goes along with it. It is in amazing shape.

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Browns Mills, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The tour is WELL worth signing up for!! Our guide Jeff was SO informative!! This is truly an amazing gem in Salem AND it's free! Salem has SO much more to offer than just Hocus Pocus kinda stuff. The Maritime History is fascinating!! :)

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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114 reviews 114 reviews
29 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Bob, our intrepid driver told us of the history of Custom Houses. As far as these facilities go, this one was grand and well preserved on the outside; but that's as far as we got - you need to book the tour in advance and those of us who believe in touring with serendipity, well, that just doesn't work. If... More

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Shelter Island, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The tour of the Custom House was given by a Young man named John Clarke who also took us on board the Friendship! Very knowledgeable. He deserves a raise!

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Dumont, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

A must see on any visit to Salem, Ma. The Maritime History of Salem is extraordinary with the custom house dating back to the mid 1600's. Truly a treasure we are fortunate to have. http://www.nps.gov/sama/historyculture/customhouse.htm

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Miami, Florida, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The building was in great condition, nice old school steps located across from the lighthouse and the "friendship", was 5 minutes from my hotel Was no able to enter because location is only managed by tours

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Halifax, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This was included in our tour of the Friendship. Although our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the house is well set up, I found the whole building quite boring. This surprised me considering I'm a history student, focusing on early American/Canadian history, so this is right up my alley. Then again, I'm not the biggest fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne,... More

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