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Ranked #1 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: ; Art Museums; History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the... more » Owner description: Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the museum’s vast collections and changing exhibitions, ranging from modern art to photography to Asian art and culture. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, the only example of Chinese vernacular architecture on display in the United States. « less
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Ranked #2 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England and one of the most famous in America. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author... more »

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Ranked #3 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural

The Charter Street Burial Ground, historically known as Olde Burying Point is the second oldest *recorded* burial ground in the United States. Notables like Samual McIntire, Giles... more »

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Ranked #4 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Parks; Cultural

    Located just to the rear of Peabody Essex Museum adjacent to the old burial ground, the Salem Witch Memorial is open to the public.  Each of this park's twenty stone benches... more »

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Ranked #5 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private... more » Owner description: Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced. « less
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Ranked #6 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Museums
Owner description: This tribute museum is dedicated to all those who have entertained us in the world of Horror! Actors, directors and special... more » Owner description: This tribute museum is dedicated to all those who have entertained us in the world of Horror! Actors, directors and special effects wizards of the past and present are all honored here with nearly fifty life-sized realistic recreations of the horror's genre's most memorable characters. Safe for all. During October, the monsters come to life making Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery Salem's Scariest Haunted house but during the rest of the year, the monsters are quite calm and won't move at all. See you soon!!! « less
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Ranked #7 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
Owner description: Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Ranked #8 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The... 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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Ranked #9 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Islands; Outdoors
Take a boat to Great Misery and enjoy memorable views of Salem Sound and the North Shore.
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Ranked #10 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Ranked #11 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Marinas; Cultural
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Ranked #12 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #13 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #14 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #15 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Cultural

 The Witch House / The Corwin House   The "Witch House," as it is called (it is also more accurately known as "The Corwin House"), is Salem's only building with direct ties to the... more »

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Ranked #16 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: History Museums; Museums
This small museum recounts the exploits of Captain Kidd and other 17th-century pirates.
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Ranked #17 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Salem Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling the whole story of Salem's long and rich history. It uses large,... more » Owner description: The Salem Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling the whole story of Salem's long and rich history. It uses large, colorful displays to reveal Salem from its founding in the 1620's to the 20th century. Learn about the Golden Age of Sail, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem at war, the witch trials and much, much more!And its FREE! « less
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Ranked #18 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Tours; Cultural
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Ranked #19 of 36 attractions in Salem
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Ranked #20 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums

The Witch Dungeon Museum has been educating and entertaining visitors for over 30 years. It gives a close look at what it was like to be imprisoned during the Salem Witch Hysteria... more »

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Ranked #21 of 36 attractions in Salem
Owner description: The Salem Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the artistic, cultural, and economic... more » Owner description: The Salem Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the Salem community through the performing arts and arts education outreach. « less
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Ranked #22 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Performances; Cultural
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Ranked #23 of 36 attractions in Salem
Owner description: A membership library in the historic McIntyre District of Salem, MA, the Athenaeum is full of history and a keeper of fine... more » Owner description: A membership library in the historic McIntyre District of Salem, MA, the Athenaeum is full of history and a keeper of fine and historic literature. « less
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Ranked #24 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #25 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Cultural

The Salem Witch Village is not a village. It's an indoor guided tour through a maze containing sets covering the history of witchcraft from it's paleolithic roots up until modern... more »

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Ranked #26 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Tours; Cultural
Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
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Ranked #27 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Visitors experience the panic of the Witch Trials of 1692 through this museum's dramatic use of sets and lighting.
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Ranked #28 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: SALEMS ONLY 5 STAR HAUNTED HOUSE.Witch Mansion is Salem's scariest haunted attraction!Built by a professional haunted house... more » Owner description: SALEMS ONLY 5 STAR HAUNTED HOUSE.Witch Mansion is Salem's scariest haunted attraction!Built by a professional haunted house design firm, this eerie adventure is guaranteed to give you Chills and Thrills.High-tech Animations,SPECIAL EFFECTS,3D,and Creepy Ghost Illusions in 4D!You won't believe your eyes as you enter a twilight worldof ghosts, beasts and banshees.Are you brave enough to enter Salem's Witch Mansion? « less
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Ranked #29 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: Museums
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Ranked #30 of 36 attractions in Salem
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The World of Witches Museum is a different witch museum located in Salem, Massachusetts. This museum is designed and... more » Owner description: The World of Witches Museum is a different witch museum located in Salem, Massachusetts. This museum is designed and operated by Rev. Don Lewis who has written over 9 books on the subject of witches and witchcraft. This museum takes you through Neanderthal times all the way up to modern day witchcraft and witch trials still going on today. So, if you ever wondered why witches are green, fly on brooms and have pointed hats this museum is for you. « less
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