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Witch History Museum

197-201 Essex Street, Salem, MA
(978) 741-7770
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Ranked #35 of 42 attractions in Salem
Type: Museums
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West Milford, New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The kid did a good job at telling the story, but we'd already done the Salem Witch Museum. If you've heard the story once, you don't need to hear it again. It's just about preference. The Salem Witch Museum is narrated by machine, this museum is told by an individual. There's more walking. It was fine, but like I said... More

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Lytham
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12 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We couldn't get out of Salem fast enough - a town making a fast buck from an appalling phase ofUS history and this 'museum' was probably one of the best meaning. The girl who 'acted' her role as our guide did her best and we did learn from her. But this was lightweight and trying to please everyone, leaving dissatisfaction.... More

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globeseeker007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The young girl who accompanied the visitors through this museum made it interesting. Apparently it only took about 70 years after the Pilgrim's landing at Plymouth Rock for them to start accusing each other of witchcraft and begin hanging each other. Since none of the accusers were ever punished after the craze ended, it would have been prudent to have... More

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Houston
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Going to this museum really fills in some of the details of that period which I found to be very informative. The mannequins might not be in the best of shape but neither were the people who suffered that experience in a damp, musty and filthy environment. It is really worth the visit even if it only makes you understand... More

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Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I did it with the package (pirate museum, dungeon museum, and this) and I found it good. I liked the other two in the package better and wouldn't do this one if you don't do all three only because it might be overpriced alone. But combined, it was an educational afternoon.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The tour guide had some knowledge of the history, but majority of the tour was recordings. The museum was full of dilapidated mannequins and old fake Christmas trees in the basement of, probably, someone's house... DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

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Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We went to three linked sites (Witch Dungeon Museum, Pirate Museum and the Witch History Museum) The live interpreters we had were very good - I know that others have not rated this attraction very highly, but we enjoyed the attraction, and the price was right. The interpreters that we had on our visit day were actually very good, and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A local had actually told us to go to the Salem Witch Museum, but we made a mistake and ended up at this place. To be fair, we were given some good information as we walked around the old school looking displays. I can see how many wouldn't think much of it, but I chose to make the most of... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Please don't waste your money on this. You sit in an old church as a "spooky" intimidating narrator tells the tale and different scenes of badly made mannequins are lighted. Then an out-of-work actress over-dramatically tells you how midwives and women healers were scapegoated and persecuted as witches. Dahl! Tell me something I didn't know.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Dont waste your $9 per person. You'll watch a poorly done monologue presentation by a homely employee playing a puritan of the time " tour guide". After the "presentation" you'll go down to the basement where you see a bunch of creepy mannequins arranged in scenes depicting the story of the witch hunts back then. Each scene has a pre-recorded... More

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