Salem Witch Village
Salem Witch Village
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This indoor maze offers visitors a guided tour through the history of witchcraft.
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,028 contributions
Couples
We got the combo tour with the wax museum included so the price was $20 each. It wasn't a bad museum but it's self guided with a voice over narration. I would have much rather had a guide. You walk around to different scenes and the voice explains them all to you. I did learn a bit of history about witchcraft so there's that. The gift shop has the same type of souvenirs as all the others so nothing special. And the girl running the front hates her job. It was written all over her face so it kind of dampens the experience. Management should correct that. I wouldn't visit again but it wasn't bad for a one time visit.
Written July 27, 2022
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Jessica C
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While I didn't have time to check out the Witch Village or the Wax Museum as planned, the shops were amazing. However, if you do get the chance, it is only 15 minutes long and is a guided tour with audio and a brief history. Your best bet is to get the tickets where you can go to the Witch Village and the Wax Museum in one. Those are 20.00 per person. That was our plan but we didn't get the chance. However, I loved going to Pentagram. I had only visited their online store as I live in Kentucky so I was thrilled to finally visit in-store. I also should mention Essex St. Amazing stores as well especially if you dabble in witchery. I was very beside myself as we don't have any of that at home.
Written May 5, 2022
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,654 contributions
While in Salem, my husband and I stopped here to see what it was about. I paid for this attraction along with two other ones for $26. I preferred this one over the Salem Wax Museum and Frankenstein's Castle. They are all located on the same block. The Salem Witch Village involved an audio and visual tour and gives you a brief history of Salem and the Salem Witch Trials. It was about 15 minutes long.
Written October 17, 2021
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Drew A
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Watch out for parking "tourist traps". We found a parking spot on right side of a street that was placarded on the left, adjacent to several residences with parking areas, a "Resident Parking Only". We looked for signs on the right side of the street and found none. When protesting the ticket, we were informed that that signage was intended for the entire street. Okay, you got me. In my opinion. if they didn't intend this to be a "tourist trap' they would post signs on the right side as well. They wouldn't waive the fine, but I suspect that the bureaucratic functionaries making that ruling couldn't and that the policy came from further up the food chain.
Fool me once...
Written August 24, 2022
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Christine M
Farmington, CT1 contribution
Friends
My expectations for this visit were high. October is Salem, MA on a beautiful, sunny day! However the city was a mess. All parking is designated for residents only. No handicap parking anywhere. The town has closed all roads leading to municipal lots. Then, if you can find parking the streets are filled with Halloween costumes and the stores are cheesy Halloween themed stores. I didn't see a single witch! Worst of all, handicapped accessible is non existent. Tours of witch house and museums are not accessible. Not a seat in site for elderly to sit. Rude visitors actually pushed us out of there way. I will not go back, and certainly not recommend to others. I am sorry I ruined a beautiful day in Salem.
Written October 10, 2021
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Donna C
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Cheap wax figures. Poor recording. Rude employees. When we arrived at the opening time we were told we would have to wait. We went across the street and returned about 20 minutes later. We were told again they weren't ready and needed more people to show up before our tour. We had a full day ahead so we couldn't wait much longer. A group of 4 showed up so they said we could start. We entered an area with the worst wax figures I have ever seen and a recording started playing. We all looked at each other like "What is going on?" Our entire tour was these wax figures and this recording. When we got to the exit, they had forgotten to unlock it. So we ended up walking back through the building. I honestly don't know how they are still in business.
Written November 5, 2021
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rebecca s
3 contributions
Family
Lots of great shops, great vibe around halloween. There was something for everyone. Trinkets, books, coffee, souvenirs, tattoos, haunted attractions and places to buy tickets for attractions. We went the night before Halloween in the rain. It probably would have had alot more going on if the weather was good.
Written October 30, 2021
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AmandaAee
Asheville, North Carolina58 contributions
Friends
The 1692 Salem witch trials were a sad and tragic time in our history. 22 innocent people were put to death after malicious accusations of witch craft. These days, a visitor to Salem tends to forget the injustice that was served all those many years ago, as tourists flock to the Halloween shops, postcards crazed and ready to find a witch. I personally find the dressed up witches and wizards to be extremely distasteful and disrespectful to those poor poor 22 souls who lost their lives in 1692. Salem, also called Witch City, has a lot more to offer visitors than just witch kitsch shops. Salem is a breathtaking little town, once away from the touristy stuff. For starters, the house of Seven Gables sits right on a picturesque little plot of land, overlooking gorgeous views of the water, and is open to the public for tours; there is a fee. There are beautiful old cemetaries, and beautiful, historic homes everwhere. Salem is major eye candy, and just perfect for history buffs, and art and architecture lovers. I loved the peace I found in walking through the residental areas and graveyards, even if it kind had a loneliness about it. Now, for those of you wishing to know more about the witches and witch trials, visit the witch museum. You will watch a 20 minute show about the trials and can get more info and pamplets at the bookstore there. After the museum, visit the Old Burying Point, it's the oldest cemetary in Salem with some of the folks connected to the trials buried there. Salem is actually the town the witches were brought to be tried in court. They were held in Salem, but Danvers ( just a short drive away) is where most of the accussed lived. Before you leave Salem, take a walk to Gallows Hill, here you can trace the route the condemned would have followed. The actual site of the hangings is said to be unknown, but there are plenty of opinions out there about where the site could be. The most popular and well researched place I found, is the hill behind the Walgreens in Salem, for those of you that might have interest.
Salem is a beautiful little town, and if you don't let yourself get lost in distasteful postcard and broomstick shops, you'll discover the quiet beauty I found.
Written July 29, 2015
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GlobeTrotting32643
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
Honestly one of the best stops in Salem. Informative, fun, and, in my opinion, better than the official museum of the trials. Located in an area that includes the wax musuem, the second oldest graveyard in the united states, and the starting points for many of the walking tours, don't spend the money on the official museum where you will SIT for fifteen minutes and learn nothing new that you can't hear in a more interesting way in at least two other places only to be shuffled directly to the gift shoppe, and go check out the Witch Village!
Written June 7, 2003
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Explore9799
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By far the worst attraction in Salem is the Witch Village. On the day I visited two guides argued over who had to do the tour in front of the group, then we were led through an eerie maze full of skeletons, and even a cement dragon, which had nothing to do with the content of the tour. We could have heard all the information in about five minutes and saved the walk. The presentation seemed completely canned, and I felt, provided only minimal information about the Wiccan religion. But, the worst part of all, is after you are told that Wicca is a religion not based in voodoo, and full of good, you empty back out into the gift shop where they hawk voodoo dolls and other fake mystical equipment, undermining all we'd supposedly just learned! If you want to learn more about the Wiccan religion in Salem, talk to a shopkeeper in many of Salem's Wiccan gift stores, and save your money to buy a book to read more about Wicca when you get home.
Written September 8, 2003
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