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“Salem History at its Finest”

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Ranked #12 of 84 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Not interested in haunted tours and kitschy witch shops? Come check out the free tours at the NPS site! See where America's first millionaire lived, walk upon a large trading ship, and experience Salem's history through a different lens.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Our family had a wonderful time visiting the ship Friendship. Our boys (8 & 11) really enjoyed the information the guides provided and the hands-on activities. The staff was incredibly knowledgable and able to articulate the knowledge in a way that was engaging. The experience really gave us an understanding of what the life of a sailor was like in that time and the history of maritime Salem.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We were very impressed with the staff here and all of their knowlegde. The tour of the Derby House was well worth the charge to get in. Right on Salem Harbor.

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Visiting the Maritime site is a great place to start your visit in Salem and gives you a real piece of history, not a glimpse of a witch hysteria-fueled tourist trap. The site is comprised of several buildings: The Custom House (the basis for the prologue of Nathaniel Hawthorn's Scarlet Letter), the Elias Hasket Derby house, the Narbonne house, the rigging shed, and The Friendship. For a very low fee (like $5), you can take a guided tour of the properties and learn what really put Salem on the map during the golden age of sail, like how at one time Salem's port was bringing in over one-fourth of the U.S. economy or how Salem was home to America's first millionaire and many more who followed.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

I worked there from 2011 to 2012. I loved being apart of something really special in Salem. Now that I am a history teacher, I like visiting and walking around the area and seeing the sites, remembering some good times working there. The staff is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Salem's waterfront and port. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Salem. Its one of the best deals in town (all tours and a visit on the ship is included in its $5 admission fee) and you really get your money's worth. You could spend an hour or an entire day! There is a free 18 minute film there to view about Salem's maritime history and Park Rangers at all times to answer your most difficult question. Truly a treasure, and a place to take your family and friends.

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