Top Choice Museum in Salem

Peabody Essex Museum

All of the art, artifacts and curiosities that Salem merchants brought back from the Far East were the foundation for this museum. Founded in 1799, it is the country’s oldest museum in continuous operation. The buil…
Top Choice Historic Site in Salem

Witch House

Of more than a score of witchy attractions in town, this is the only actual historic site. The house was once the home of Jonathan Corwin, a local magistrate who was called on to investigate witchcraft claims. He ex…
Monument in Salem

Witch Trials Memorial

The most poignant site in Salem is the Witch Trials Memorial, a quiet park behind the Peabody Essex Museum, where simple stones are inscribed with the names and final words of the victims, decrying the injustice bef…
Museum in Salem

Yin Yu Tang

Contained within the Peabody Essex Museum, this 16-room Chinese house was shipped to the museum from China's southeastern Huizhou region.
Historic Site in Salem

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

This National Historic Site comprises the Custom House, the wharves and other buildings along Derby St that are remnants of the shipping industry that once thrived along this stretch of Salem. Of the 50 wharves that…
Historic Site in Salem

House of the Seven Gables

‘Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge clustered chimney in their midst.’ So …
Historic Building in Salem

Phillips House

The Phillips House displays the family furnishings of a Salem sea captain, including a collection of antique carriages and cars.
Museum in Salem

Witch Dungeon Museum

This place offers a 15-minute live reenactment of a witch trial, using historical transcripts for dialog (which is interesting, but it makes it difficult for kids to understand). Afterwards, visitors descend into th…
Museum in Salem

Salem Pioneer Village

This outdoor, interactive museum was opened in 1930 to celebrate the state's tercentennial. Although the place has not been well maintained (changing ownership several times in recent years), the village still gives…
Museum in Salem

Salem Witch Museum

Housed in a creepy Romanesque church, this so-called museum starts with a presentation of life-size dioramas, with a voice-over recounting the narrative of the Salem witch trials, and a bit about other 'witch hunts'…