Welcome to Salem

These incidents obscure Salem's true claim to fame: its glory days as a center for clipper-ship trade with the Far East. Elias Hasket Derby, America's first millionaire, built Derby Wharf, which is now the center of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The marvelous Peabody Essex Museum displays some of the treasures that were brought home from these merchant expeditions.

Today Salem is a middle-class commuter suburb of Boston with an enviable location on the sea. Its rich history and culture, from witches to ships to art, continue to cast a spell of enchantment on visitors.

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$20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem History 2-Hour Walking Tour

This two hour Salem history tour is an eclectic, conversational and unscripted walk through Salem with Kenneth. He begins the tour with a description of the founding of Salem as Naumkeag in 1626 and winds a narrative of an important New England seaport that is often only remembered for the Salem Witch Trials but the trials are only a portion of Salem's Story Kenneth has to tell.     There have been a few unexpected surprises on the tour.  Kenneth has been studying and learning to sing the songs as they were meant to be sung from The Bay Psalms Book.  This is the first book printed in America in 1640 for the Congregationalists in The Massachusetts Bay Colony.   Kenneth is a plain dressing member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) whose unorthodox predecessors once comprised ten percent of the population of Salem in the 1690's and was born and lives across the harbor from Salem in Beverly, Massachusetts.

$16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem 'Voodoo, Vampires and Ghosts' History Walking Tour

The Voodoo, Vampires, and Ghosts Tour is a trip through the dark side of Salem’s sinister past, including visits to actual locations from the infamous witch trials. Visit documented haunted sites, including what is considered, by many experts, to be the most haunted home in the country. See the frightening and beautiful Old Burying Point cemetery, the final resting place of the cruel Salem Witch Trials hanging judge, Judge Hathorne. At the location of the original Witch Dungeon past guests have claimed to encounter the tortured specters of the innocent victims. You will be trained in the latest scientific methods of ghost detection and learn to recognize the tell tale signs of a true haunting! You will hear shocking true tales of vampirism- from the past and present! Find out what what makes an otherwise normal person lust for blood and hear authentic New England vampire folklore. Learn about the historic Dracula as well as modern day maniacs! Are there real, blood drinking vampires in Salem today? The answer may disturb you! Discover the mysterious secrets of Voodoo, the startling root of the Salem Witch Hysteria! Salem has an occult legacy that has remained hidden for years: Voodoo. Was Tituba, the innocent slave woman at the center of the Salem Witch Hysteria, really a Voodoo practitioner? You will learn startling new theories as to exactly what bewitched the people of Salem! Many historians now believe that the otherworldly Voodoo religion played a role in the horrific events of 1692! All our tour guides are fully licensed by the city of Salem and are experienced paranormal investigators. The history you will learn on your tour is true as are the ghost stories. You will receive the best haunted experience available in Salem. We are not costumed actors; we are real historians and investigators.  These tours were founded and created by a professional parapsychologist and investigator; we were “ghost hunting” for years before it became a popular pastime! Our guides take a scientific approach to detecting and documenting the unusual and unearthly. We will teach you how the professionals search for life after death. We live to find the truth and debunk the myths! we show you how to photograph anomalous energy, orbs, ectoplasm, and apparitions with your own camera. At the conclusion of each tour we show you true photographs of actual paranormal energy, real ghosts. We encourage you to take your photographs on the tour and will be happy to examine them for evidence for you.

$16 Tours & Sightseeing

Salem Haunted History Tour

Take a spooky stroll through downtown Salem, Massachusetts on this haunt and history, night walking tour. Join the adventure Friday and Saturday at 8pm or Sunday through Thursday at 6pm. Starting April 1st, we will be running every night at 8pm!Licensed guides lead the way through legends, history, and the infamous hysteria of 1692 — the Salem Witch Trials. This is a walking tour of historic downtown Salem that lasts about 90 minutes. Hear amazing stories of Salem's past and discover why Salem is one of the most beloved, historic, and haunted towns in America.The route goes at a comfortable pace, rain or shine. This Salem night tour is typically well attended, so reservations are highly recommended.

$34 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem Tours: History Tour, Salem Witch Trial Tour, Ghost Tour

With this combination of three tours, you'll enjoy over 3 hours of guided fun broken out over the course of the day. Opting for guided tours will ensure that you don't miss anything Salem has to offer! Check in 15-20 minutes prior to your first tour at Salem Historical Tours, located at 8 Central Street. You can check in at the office anytime before your tour to pick up your tickets, also. Here you'll meet your friendly and professional guide, who will lead you through the incredible history of Salem and its streets. All daytime walking tours are approximately 1 hour, and the evening tour is 1.5 hours.  Select two of the three options below for your daytime experiences: Option 1: The 12:00pm Historical Overview of Salem Walking Tour is the perfect introduction for people who are visiting for the first time. Learn all about the fascinating history of Salem and incredible details on this comprehensive tour.   Option 2: The 1:30pm Salem Cemetery Walking Tour is a stroll through the earliest documented grave site is Salem. Listen to the tales of the dead while finding out the meanings of the symbols on their headstones. (NOTE: This cemetery is being closed for restoration from May 1 through October and is not available to the public). Option 2A: The 1:30pm TV & Movie Sites Tour will bring you to many of the locations where movies, TV shows, Documentaries & Reality Shows were shot, including everyone's favorite Hocus Pocus, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. However, many of these movies and TV shows have nothing to do with our notorious past. (NOTE: This is offered from May 1 though October only) Option 3: The 4:30pm Colonial Witch Trials Walking Tour is all about the harrowing 17-month period of witchcraft accusations, betrayals, fear, and executions. Walk to locations that were prominent during this somber time and hear the incredible stories of all the people who were involved.  After enjoying your two daytime tours, take a break to discover more of Salem on your own or enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant. Then, check back in at the office to begin your 1.5-hour Haunted History of Salem Tour. On this nighttime walking tour, follow your guide with a lantern through haunted spots and locations with paranormal activity while listening to thrilling stories and history along the way. This haunted tour is the perfect way to end a spooky day in Salem and soak up every last bit of history you can! Departure times vary seasonally.

$12.50 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Salem Witch Museum Admission

Visit: Salem Witch MuseumLearn about the word witch in, Witches - Evolving Perceptions, a provocative tour which examines the pagan midwife, stereotypical witch, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts. Do you believe in witches? Don't answer until you see Salem's most visited museum! The Salem Witch Museum is open year round with presentations starting every thirty minutes between 10:00am and 4:30pm. Extended hours in July and August from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Visitors must exchange Viator voucher for a timed admission ticket. Please arrive no later than 12:00 pm to exchange your voucher for the first available presentation time. Ticket price includes both the main presentation, an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692 and our second exhibit "Witches: Evolving Perceptions". Our Museum Store carries a large array of gifts and locally made items as well as many books regarding the history of the witch trials. 

$14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem Wax Museum and Witch Village Guided Tour Combo Package

Salem Wax Museum From its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, Salem’s vivid history comes alive at the Salem Wax Museum, a compelling museum composed of eerily life-like wax figures. Come face to face with many notable Salem figures such as National Hawthorne, the famed author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Meet the pirates of New England, the merciless Witch Trials judge Colonel John Hawthorne, and Tituba, the accused 'witch' who helped fuel the hysteria -- just to name a few! From the galleries, head to the interactive area to learn about nautical knot tying, do grave stone rubbing on a recreated headstone, and experience what detention during the Hysteria felt like by being locked in a life-size, recreated jail cell!Afterwards, be sure to visit the impressive museum gift shop, where you can browse a variety of New England maritime souvenirs. Salem Witch Village Across the street from the Salem Wax Museum is the Salem Witch Village. On your 15-minute guided tour of this historical attraction, immerse yourself in the history of witchcraft in Salem as you learn the difference between myths and realities of witchcraft in both the ancient and modern world. Your tour guide, who is a practicing witch, will take you through an indoor maze and demonstrate scenes that mark important landmarks in witchcraft history. Hear about the origin of stereotypes such as devil worship, flying on brooms and black cats, and learn about the different persecution periods such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Burning Times of Europe. Your guide will also clarify what it really means to be a witch today. You may be surprised what you learn!After your tour, browse the gift shop for authentic Pagan and Wiccan items and souvenirs. Don’t miss nearby Old Burying Point, reputed to be the second-oldest burial ground in the country. Also near here is the Witch Trials Memorial, erected in memory of the victims of the Witch Hysteria of 1692.