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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Attractive, Interesting Place

The building itself is worth a visit. Many interesting exhibits and artifacts related to Salem's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nahant, Massachusetts
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A great place to visit and across the road. Very informative history of the Customs service and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
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193 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5637
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is worth a visit. Many interesting exhibits and artifacts related to Salem's former maritime days make for a worthwhile visit. Very informative.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to visit and across the road. Very informative history of the Customs service and the cargoes that were traded to and from. It is amazing how much went through this area.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful vantage point of the bay in the downtown area. A collection of buildings and houses to tour, wharves and a tall ship replica (was not present during this visit). Presents a slice of waterfront life from the past (check out the foundtrips pics)....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for Halloween was many different events going on for the holiday would do it again next year .

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

Very informative guides. Try to take the Derby/Narbonne House tour-- you'll get a lot more out of your visit and will be allowed inside. Derby house is for sure haunted-- creepy feeling inside. Missing the Friendship, which was a let down but everything else was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

We parked here to go to the House of the Seven Gables. When we returned, we wondered what it was so walked around a bit. It turned out to be a mix of sights and placards along the pier that informed of the history of...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank David H
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We had the tour of the Derby and the Narbonne houses. The ranger was well informed and excited about the history. Great history of the shipping impact on Salem and the surrounding area. You must st walk out to the end of the wharf-beautiful at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed October 15, 2018

I love national parks. This is no exception. The rich history in this area and the well preserved...200 year old...buildings are awesome to view. Great spot. A lot of great pics , and the house of the seven gables are here as well. Take an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael A
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Amazing history about Salem's Maritime history! Knowledgeable Ranger staff with unusual and interesting stories. Who knew???

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank charlip218
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

We were a bit confused about this site. Usually you just show up to a NHS and it’s all good. This is very spread out and didn’t even realize there was an actual visitor center located farther away until reading a review here. We were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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November 1, 2018|
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Response from beachbons | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the building is at the Derby Wharf and you are able to walk around outside before it's open.
Peter E
July 27, 2018|
Response from differentname | Reviewed this property |
There were dogs all around, but there are many different individual different place to see, and I am not 100% certain that 100% of the places are friendly to dogs. Give them a buzz, you will get a straight answer.
July 29, 2017|
Response from Linda B | 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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Opinions needed about Salem the week before Halloween... (1 Replies)
We are not really into all the commercialized witch hype, although we do find the witch trials historically interesting. As far as Salem goes, we would really only be visiting the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and going on a walking tour of Salem that includes historic buildings. I know the haunted ball is the weekend before Halloween in Salem. If we were to visit on the Thursday the 25th... just before the ball...six days before Halloween on a Thursday, what would the city be like?...More
August 28, 2012|
Response fromRoute128North|
I think you'll be fine on that Thursday afternoon. You will know Halloween is approaching, but it will not be too crazy to enjoy the Maritime Historic Site.