Salem’s Historical Highlights
Salem is a city full of unique history, including its seafaring
and architectural heritage as well as the more familiar Witchcraft Trials.
Below are listed several attractions that bring the past to life and
where you can experience the excitement and history of Salem.
310 1/2 Essex St. (978) 744-8815
The Witch House, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose. He served on the court which ultimately sent nineteen to the gallows. The Witch House
The memorial, located on Charter Street behind the Peabody Essex Museum, is surrounded on three sides by a handcrafted granite wall. Inscribed in the stone threshold are the victims’ protests of innocence. These protests are interrupted mid-sentence by the wall, symbolizing society’s indifference to oppression. The Memorial was dedicated by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in August 1992 as part of the Salem Witch Trials TerCentenary. Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Washington Square 978.744.1692
Experience the drama of history in life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration. Live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.
Salem Witch Museum
161 Essex St 866-745-1876
The nation’s oldest continuously operating museum. The PEM collections of contemporary and historic American, Asian, Maritime, Oceanic, Native American, and African art and culture, as well as its archival library and historic American and Chinese houses, are among the finest of their kind.
Peabody Essex Museum
274 Derby St. (978) 741-2800
The unique and little-known history of New England sea-robbers comes alive at the Pirate Museum. Relive the adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, who roamed freely offshore plundering merchant ships. Participate in an educational, historically accurate and entertaining, live walking tour with a qualified guide who encourages student participation and questions. New England Pirate Museum
115 Derby St. (978) 744-0991
Salem’s premiere historic site, located on the Harbor! Discover 330 years of Salem’s history as you experience this museum and collection of historic buildings. Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name. The House Of The Seven Gables
176 Derby St. (978) 740-1650
Salem Maritime National Historic Site – National Park Service The Custom House was built in 1819 and housed offices of the U.S. Customs Service, as well as an attached warehouse used for the storage of bonded and impounded cargo. High ceilings, a sweeping staircase, and beautifully carved woodwork all contribute to a feeling of strength and stability. The Custom House