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The Salem Museum

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Address: 32 Derby Sq, Old Salem Town Hall, Salem, MA 01970-3704
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The Salem Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling the whole story of...

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!

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Very informative curator

This small museum highlights the history of Salem, not just the witch trials. The curator (in his period costume) was very informative and a pleasure to talk to.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Derek_Viv
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum highlights the history of Salem, not just the witch trials. The curator (in his period costume) was very informative and a pleasure to talk to.

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boca raton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small space of yes history of the area but honestly I walked in and walked right on out. If you want to stand there and read everything ok and see a few relics of the past it's fine for you but other than that it bored me.

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Davenport, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great stop to see some history other than the usual witch stuff. Exceptionally friendly man greeted us and sang while playing the guitar. Unreal hot in there...but it was absolutely roasting outside. Would recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small museum in the heart of Salem gives a overview of the history of the town without the fake gore of some of the other attractions. The friendly host was in period costume and a great guitar player. A relative bargain at $4 for an adult, but doesn't contain the dramatic reenactments of its witch-based competitors.

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Thank Jim G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

There is much more to Salem than the witch trials and if you like to learn more about the town this museum is for you. It is small but very informative. It tells the history of the city from its colonial time and about the people who lived in town. Mostly banners telling the history but presented in a very... More 

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Portland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This small museum gives a snapshot of Salem history shown in an appealing way. The large written posters give amazing details about the witchhunt and also about some of Salem's more notable past inhabitants including Nathanial Hawthorne, author of "The Scarlet Letter". Well worth the small entry fee.

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Thank Eddie2891951
Clifton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Inexpensive at 4$, the museum through artfully placed explanations informed the visitor of the history of Salem.

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Thank Rich41
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

This was a good museum in the way that it tells you about other things that happened in Salem. While I knew about the Witch Trials, I learned a lot about the colonial times of Salem that had nothing to do with that and we're not generally taught about it. There are two sections in this museum, but the smaller... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Yeah it was cool but for 3 dollars I would rather use google for all of the information I had to stand and read. Most people that were in there were out within 5 minutes because they got annoyed waiting on the person in front of them to move along.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Nice little museum that is very affordably priced at $3 per adult, and gives insight into more of Salem's history than just the witch trials. A few artefacts, but mostly it's just nicely presented banners of information that contain some cool stories. You have to be in a "stand and read" kinda mood though! Nice staff too. Small selection of... More 

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