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“Horrendous, racist & rude-a good time!”
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World of Witches
Ranked #50 of 78 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: The World of Witches Museum is a different witch museum located in Salem, Massachusetts. This museum is designed and operated by Rev. Don Lewis who has written over 9 books on the subject of witches and witchcraft. This museum takes you through Neanderthal times all the way up to modern day witchcraft and witch trials still going on today. So, if you ever wondered why witches are green, fly on brooms and have pointed hats this museum is for you.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Horrendous, racist & rude-a good time!”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

I have a very high tolerance for kitch and quirk, but this was truly horrible. From the moment we bought our tickets on, we were treated rudely, and led through a museum that I probably could have created in my apartment with minimal effort and a single trip to Goodwill. The exhibits posters looked like someone's 6th grade science fair presentation, and the tour guide clearly thought she was better than us, but she really wasn't. A highlight was being informed, in a confident tone of voice, that parents "in Africa" routinely kill their children when they don't sleep through the night or cry, because they believe that they are witches, or witch possessed, and families "over there" don't have the education to know that good parenting involves not killing your kids. When I asked for more information, or any kind of proof whatsoever, I was told by our tour guide that this is happening in Nigeria, where children with disabilities are also killed by "those people" partly because exorcisms are expensive, so killing the child is easier, and that this common knowledge. When I said that this bold statement about Africa seemed generalized and racist, and that I found it really hard to believe that parents would kill their children routinely, I was told that if I was more spiritual, I would understand, and that there is plenty of proof on the internet. We did not tip, due to the racism and overall crappiness, and when I said that, our tour guide cursed us...by literally leaning out the door of the museum as we left and cursing at us. F you too, world of witches museum. At least she didn't key my car.

Visited January 2012
22 Thank Nechama R
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Deerfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice stop”
Reviewed October 27, 2011

This tour is a great means of learning some of the local facts quickly and effectively.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank Steve W
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“very disappointed”
Reviewed October 22, 2011

I have visited this place several times while living in Salem., and have occasionally attended some ot the rituals.
From a historical perspective, it is somwhat interesting.
There is a good selection of books and other items.
Ther readers, Terry (Stone Lady) and Therese are ethical and demonstrate sensitivity.
However, I am disppointed in the 3 psychic readings that I received from (Rev) Don Lewis.
One of them was fairly expensive. However, all were very inaccurate.

Visited January 2011
4 Thank celticwoman9
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Beaufort, SC
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Place, Great People. Well worth the trip.”
Reviewed August 26, 2011

This is the only place of it's kind in Salem. World of Witches not only has a bit of history but represents what Witch Craft and Wicca are today. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A great place to visit!

Visited August 2011
2 Thank BBSC
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2011

This one topped out on our list of "bad/ cheap/ tacky places in Salem".

It was completely low budget and gave out erroneous information. The figures were cheap as was the overall atmosphere.

This should be free.

Visited June 2011
5 Thank daytripper88_11
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