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“not what i expected”
Review of The Salem Museum

The Salem Museum
Ranked #33 of 84 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed September 19, 2013

although the other reviews are correct, its free and the pirate at the door is very knowledgeable, in essence what it is, is one giant room with posters encased in glass, detailing all about the witch trials. i was not expecting to stand there and read and read and read, i think it would be better if it was mixed up a little with some costumed characters more artifacts to look at. some video perhaps.

it was however informative, just not what i was expecting.

1  Thank Tricia Z
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Ken H, Creative Director at The Salem Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2013

Hi Tricia,
Reading your review I just wanted to make sure we are talking about the same museum. The Salem Museum in Old Town Hall does have an exhibit that depicts the Salem witch trials, however there are a dozen other displays that present a wide array of other historic people and events, such as, the Great Salem Fire, the founding of Salem, the Great Age of Sail, Salem in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nathaniel Bowditch and others.
Also, the displays are large, colorful fabric banners with extensive visuals, photos, paintings and other illustrations -- not posters behind glass. There is some text, as in most museums, but the banners are primarily visuals. New displays will be added periodically. We hope you will come back again some time in the future...

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Popped in here simply by chance during our recent trip to Salem while walking around the tourist areas. It's a free (suggested donation - $3) museum that has numerous displays/artifacts, etc., all dedicated to the entire history of Salem.

Worth a quick stop in as you can dedicate as much --- or as little --- time as you like.

My favourite display was probably the room dedicated to Parker Brothers, the board game company that was founded in Salem. However, there were also some really neat (and old!) artificats that were worth seeing as well.

4  Thank BramptonMark
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

This museum is free to the public and offers a large about of Salem history. Please take the time to enjoy it, learn about the past and talk to the Pirate that greets you at the door. He is rich with knowledge and experiences.

2  Thank cbprn
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This museum is free and gives the rich history of Salem: shipping industry, first millionaire in US lived here, witch trials, Nathaniel Hawthorne, many more. You are greeted by a pirate and others dressed in costumes.

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Reviewed July 20, 2017
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