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“Tourist Trap”

Salem Witch Village
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$14.00*
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Salem Combo: Wax Museum and Witch Village
Ranked #23 of 78 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: This indoor maze offers visitors a guided tour through the history of witchcraft.
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Tourist Trap”
Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

We thought it would be interesting as they presented it was a trip through witches and witchcraft through time. The topic was interesting but as we were waiting we listened to the manager scold the girl that eventually gave us the tour. The girl was a teenager with a bad attitude. The scenes were what seemed to be manniquins dressed up as witches. We purchased the combo ticket with the wax museum which is also as bad as the witch village.

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Ellershouse, NS
2 reviews
“Learned something new.”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Decided to take the Salem Witch Village tour and was pleasantly surprised. With all the attractions dedicated specifically to the Witch Trials, this one takes the time to tell the history of Salem and why we have the stereotype of what a "Witch" looks like. Our guide was enthusiastic and informative. She took the time to answer all our questions. If your looking for a more laid back attraction (only takes about 20 minutes to walk through) with some very interesting information and history, you'll enjoy this. Glad we went.

Visited July 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Sad”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

There are so many witch themed things to do in Salem but this is not on of them. My daughter and I went to see this. There are walk-thru tours every 1/2 hr so when we arrived, we paid ($14 total) and waited in the waiting area. Turns out we were the only 2 on the tour. Before entering, the guide gave us a few ground rule as you would get with any walk-thur tour but the one that stood out was "please be careful not to knock into any of the displays as they are old and we don't want you to get hurt". That should have been the first clue. Even though we learned a few little known witch myths/facts, this is a total was of time. I couldn't even be annoyed in wasting my money since it's such a sad attraction.

Visited July 2012
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Clinton, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice indoor tour”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Nice indoor tour, great guide. Combo tickets for wax museum can be bought. Great for families. Knowledgeable tour guides.

Visited July 2012
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Auckland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Disinterested tour guide - just plain embarrassing”
Reviewed June 20, 2012 via mobile

This tour is definitely a classic tourist trap. The props are laughably poor - it's a bunch of manequins dressed funny. A couple of he sets are pretty good, but most are discount Halloween store purchases. The tour guide clearly didn't want to be there and grunted out a rehearsed talk through chewed gum. The talk itself was interesting, but the presentation was poor. Maybe she was just having a bad day, but it felt like she just wanted to finish the tour as quick as possible. There was no real option for asking questions, it was all too rushed.

Given the price of this ($8 by itself or $14 including the rather good adjacent museum) it seems to me to be a ripoff deisgned to get cash from tourists with the Salem name attached.

Don't get me wrong - we actually enjoyed it, but mainly because it was unintentionally funny. In saying that, we went to it with the expectation that it would be cheesy. And it was.

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