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Address: 178 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-740-1650
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Description: This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime...
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.
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Witch isn't

I'm so thankful for another place to visit in this area that isn't full of witches. The Custom house was very interesting and full of history. Young and old will love it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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NY
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360 reviews 360 reviews
167 attraction reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I'm so thankful for another place to visit in this area that isn't full of witches. The Custom house was very interesting and full of history. Young and old will love it.

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NYC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is the customs house where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked and also a very important part of US history. National Park guides give informative tours and it's very centrally located.

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McDonough, Georgia, United States
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45 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The staff was great and full of knowledge. This is a free attraction and worth visiting. I wish that you could go to the top to see the view from the highest point, I'll bet it's amazing. The park rangers made the history of this custom house very interesting and understandable. Close to the harbor and a short walk to... More 

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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The tour included both the Custom House, made famous by National Hawthorne but important in its own right during Salem's heyday, and the nearby privateer. The Ranger was, at once, relaxed and very knowledgeable.

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Boston
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36 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The guide was very enthusiastic and gave us a wonderful tour which showed some of the goods that used to be imported, the place where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked and the weights and measures used for assessing duties.

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Hopewell, New York
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We took the ranger led tour of this building and it was very informative. It is a great old structure that has a marvelous view of the harbor. I only wish you could climb up to the cupola, that would be an awesome view. I can imagine standing up there searching the horizon for ship masts in the days of... More 

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Athens, Alabama
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had the NPS tour of the Custom House. She was very knowledgeable and presented the entire history in a very interesting way. We learned a lot about the history of Salem's Maritime history as well as more information about Hawthorne.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The staff here were great and full of knowledge and very caring. The park rangers made the history of this custom house very interesting and understandable. This is a free attraction and worth visiting. Close to the harbour and 5min walk on the harbour to some great restaurants.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We visited on a weekday in the afternoon and had a private explanation of the downstairs rooms in the Custom House. It was very educational.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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