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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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The non-magic other side of Salem.

Everybody knows Salem for the 19 executed witches but forget the rich nautical background of the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Vicky A
Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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My wife and I fell upon this site as we were walking from our B&B to the center of Salem - and we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter M
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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 Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Everybody knows Salem for the 19 executed witches but forget the rich nautical background of the town. The ports growth thru shipping and receiving goods. N. Hawthorn worded here in the Customs House for a time. The Rangers are very knowledgeable and helpful. Don't miss...More

Thank Vicky A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I fell upon this site as we were walking from our B&B to the center of Salem - and we are very grateful we took the time to stop. We both love history of the revolution and after, and the entire system...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the Salem waterfront at the Maritime National Historic Site. Historic Derby House, Hawkes House, Custom House and the obligatory Salem Witch in the nearby neighborhood. Too bad that the "Friendship of Salem" is in dry dock elsewhere for repairs. It would have been great...More

1  Thank DJLangston
Reviewed July 29, 2017

Even though the ship is being repaired, the outside displays are a great place to learn about Salem's sea heritage.

Thank dnumme
Reviewed July 14, 2017

The Visitor Center at 2 New LibertySt has movies and an exhibit of ships from 1600s. Important since none are currently in dock. Also, the junior ranger program is good and we found the staffed rangers very patient and helpful

Thank jbwhitehouse
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Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

The entry is free, staff is knowledgeable. the building is not air-conditioned. Original and complete set of measuring instruments.

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Reviewed June 14, 2017

I love that the NPS staff here gets excited about their assignments, it makes it so interesting to take their tours. Traveling with my college-aged daughter, I wanted to show her Salem. I've been several times and always learn something new. I had hoped to...More

2  Thank travelincalifmom
Reviewed May 26, 2017

A great example of Federal Architectural style. Has some cool old original furniture and items used by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Glad we went.

Thank wallersga
Reviewed April 14, 2017

I took 2 guided tours. One of the guides was a park volunteer and the other was a park ranger. They were both excellent giving so much information I was the only person on the tours but both guides made me feel like they thought...More

2  Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting little area! I wish the ship was there, but I'll definitely have to go back to see it when the ship is there! There was a good deal of information on the walk to the light house via plaques. I learned a lot...More

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July 29, 2017|
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).
July 19, 2017|
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
Sue H
April 1, 2015|
Response from Jonathan P | Property representative |
Possibly. Please email our Park Historian, Emily_Murphy@nps.gov.