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Salem Witch Museum, Salem

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Experience the hysteria of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials at Salem Witch Museum. Stage sets, lifesize statues, and live guides take you through the process of the trials. You will learn how these accusations occurred, how they affected the town, and the tragedy of the executions. An exhibit on different cultures' perceptions of witchcraft and the evolution of these perceptions helps put the trials in context. Afterward, you can peruse witch-related souvenirs, such as pagan jewelry, books about the trials, or a mystical witch's ball. By using our Salem trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Salem Witch Museum and other attractions in Salem.
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  • This was our first visit there. Excellent presentation, create relating of history through dramatic narratives and dioramas. I would say recommended must see. Great girt shop with very reasonable pric...  more »
  • The museum is nothing special. I was disappointed with the lack of quality. I am not really sure what they were gong for other than to capitalize on the witch history in the community.  more »
  • Quite expensive and crap. It doesn't. You don't have to go, you save it. They are mannequins dresses of the time who are lighting up and telling you the story
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  • entering the presentation you are seated on benches facing forward. The presentation uses the whole perimeter. So you move around on your bench seat. From where we were sitting we could not see the dungeon. After the presentation we asked if we could see it. We were told “no”. The presentation was created in 1972 and has not been updated. It has a twilight zone feel. Not worth $12. Worth $5.
  • I think the museum's specific location and aesthetic architecture make it an enticing visit. However, the overall experience leaves something to be desired. The "tour" is divided into two parts: a theatrical narration and "the evolution of the witch" presentation. The first and most poignant presentation was interesting - especially if you've read the Crucible or if you've studied the history of the Salem witch trials. Yet the seating arrangements within this auditorium are horrible. If you do not get a seat within the center of this room, prepare yourself to miss out on the raised displays which are overhead and obscured from sight. This theater's ambient lighting is intentionally dimmed, so you will not be able to view the wax demonstrations after the historical narrations have ended. The second "tour" is a bit pathetic: it's a corner room with live narration from one of the museum staff. There's no free roam in this museum aside from walking through the gift shop. Depending on the size of your group and designated sticker color, you will either get to experience both presentations from start to finish, or you will be asked to wait in the gift shop until the first group is finished with the conclusion of their "tour." In summation of my trip, it was educational. I enjoyed the wax displays - or what I was able to see of them, and I thought the staff were friendly. Overall, it was an ok experience.
  • This was super cool. The show was really informative and the staff were great. There's also a reasonably priced gift shop at the end which sold some awesome gear. Definitely recommend visiting here.
  • Loved the museum. Very informative, but not too interactive. Basically a "voice" talks you through the Salem witch hunt and explains witches of the past to present. Takes 45 minutes of explanation and then a short 10 minute walk through of the history around witches. Overall not a bad tour if you have the Boston Go card and want to get out of town.
  • It has a very nice display. The show at the beginning is very informative and suprisingly entertaining. The second walk through display is also very nice but during high traffic goes too fast to allow you to read all the display pieces on the timeline.
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