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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

193 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Some of my best pictures taken here

Wow what a great place for pictures! I bet it's beautiful at sunrise. We visited on a particularly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
amycf820
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Jackson, Mississippi
Excellent Collection

Great to see the fine restoration of these fine buildings. We were there on a weekday, so none of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alan P
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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.
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193 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5637
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow what a great place for pictures! I bet it's beautiful at sunrise. We visited on a particularly cold and windy day, but it was still beautiful. Got great shots of the sunset, the lighthouse, the boats in the water, everything. It's quite a walk...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see the fine restoration of these fine buildings. We were there on a weekday, so none of the buildings were available to see the interiors. Since it was the National Park service, I would have hoped it would have been staffed a little...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much was open when we got there so we decided to just walk around it and have a look. The area was alright but compared with other naval sights such as Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in the UK.

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

If you can, definitely download their 41 minute, self-guided 'audio tour' from their website. It is indispensable and very helpful to understand the significance of Salem to the very early days of the founding of America. Inside the visitor center they show two films that...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

Many of the buildings for this historic site are not open yet for the season. You are able to walk around the area, see the exterior of some historic buildings, and learn from the signs explaining the history of Salem's waterfront. It was interesting to...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

This is a great opportunity to see what an 18th century harbor would have looked like, with the customs house to boot! Unlike Boston's, which have been built over, this gives a much more accurate view of wharves in the age of sail.

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

Cool, educational place to stop in. Should be part of your visit if you are interested in anything maritime.

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Reviewed November 25, 2017

We came to Salem for the Witch Museum and found this gem. There is a visitor center with a gift shop and restrooms. When you are there get a walking map and do a walking tour of the area. The area is not that big,...More

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Reviewed October 30, 2017

Waite & Peirce: Authentic and Exotic Goods is the new official museum store, brand and logo of the site, run by the park service. Very rare to find a public enterprise branded as a private one! but here it works really well. This is one...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

The Hawkes House is located right next to the Custom House on one side, and the Derby House on its other side. It is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site (across from Pickering Wharf and the Lighthouse). Definitely worth a look, a photo,...More

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Hayley1607
July 29, 2017|
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Response from travelincalifmom | Reviewed this property |
The tour took about 1.5 hours. There was no fee, just needed to make a reservation at the NPS Visitor Center near the Peabody Essex Museum (next to the tall parking structure).
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Hayley1607
July 19, 2017|
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Response from travelincalifmom | Reviewed this property |
There are some special tours from time to time, such as the Narbonne House. The Custom House is open certain hours and is more of a self-guided place with rangers available to answer questions. I'd allow about 30-40 minutes... More
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Sue H
April 1, 2015|
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Response from Jonathan P | Property representative |
Possibly. Please email our Park Historian, Emily_Murphy@nps.gov.
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