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Address: 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA
Phone Number: 978-740-1650
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Description: Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and...
Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center is an ideal place to begin your visit to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area. National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers will welcome you to the city and to the Heritage Area, and help you plan your visit.
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Nice Stop

Very nice. A great stop to orient yourself to the community. Nice facilities, historic movies and gifts.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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vermont
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vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very nice. A great stop to orient yourself to the community. Nice facilities, historic movies and gifts.

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Artesia, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Surprised by the maritime history of this museum, I was expecting more about the witch trials, that isn't the focus of the visitor's center at all. In a place where clean bathrooms are scarce, this was a welcome addition.

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Laurel, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We were hoping to salvage a rainy vacation day (June 28, 2015) with a visit to Salem where we expected to take in the National Park Service's normally accurate and educational point of view. The visitor center appeared to be a gift shop with a well-disguised information desk incorporated into the cash register counter as an afterthought. The Junior Ranger... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The staff here is great. We had the pleasure of chatting with an older gentleman who had been working there 20 years. He asked us if we were there for the "history or the hysteria," which we thought was funny. He gave us tips for both and was very helpful and informative. There is a cute children's area where the... More 

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I can't remember the man's name who helped us but he's been there for a long time, he said. We told him we wanted to see quality stuff as our first trip to Salem we made the mistake of not going to the Visitor's Center and doing it on our own. We ended up in a tacky witch museum that... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

There is a good Jr Ranger program centered on the VC. The center gives a solid primer on Salem and it's maritime (so much more than witches here) past. The authors are discussed in detail as well. On the whole, a solid park unit. Budget an hour and a half for the VC.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We watched both films, the free one about the history of the town and the one for $5 about the witch trials. It put everything we visited afterwards into perspective.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I've lived in Salem for 3 years and it took me forever to have my first visit just recently...I wish I had it sooner!! Lots of info inside, paintings, they show videos every day, there's a store, the staff is very helpful and it's very clean in there!!!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Great knowledgeable staff and they run free tours of local attractions too. One of the most helpful visitor centers I have been too

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Thunder Bay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Super helpful staff. Great videos on the history of Salem and the history of the witch hysteria. Neat gifts. Had we been there longer we would have done the afternoon tours as well.

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Address: Address: 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA
Phone Number: 978-740-1650
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem

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