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Salem Witch Museum, Salem
(1.9/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Salem Witch Museum on your holiday in Salem, and find out what else Salem has to offer, use our Salem trip itinerary maker.
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  • What they do not mention on the website is that you are not allowed to roam in the church or explore it. You are instead forced to pay $10-12$ (I can't recall the exact sum) and sit through a presenta...  more »
  • Quite enjoyable because it was so very strange, but incredibly outdated. The "presentation" was just mannequins, and the guide to "what is a witch?" was very shallow and not terribly informative. 
  • This museum was totally disappointing. We expected something totally different like documents, pictures, objects... but you get a poor representation of the Witch Trials. You enter in a room, have a s...  more »
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  • Not really a museum at all. You pay around $11 to sit in a overly crowded room to see a "performance," which is a recording of a guy talking while they have statues around the room they shine lights on. They are arranged around the room above everyone so if you are up against the wall, which almost all of us were, you can't see them when they are behind you. So it's about 1/3 of the stuff you can't see. Then you go on this quick guided tour with about 4 things including more statues and recordings. Every half hour they cram at least 100 people in to their "museum" so they make tons of money for not very much content. Like I said, it's not a museum by definition at all.
  • If you've looked into the Salem Witch Trials before or learned about them in school you'll probably not learn much new here. Nevertheless we found the tour entertaining, and as part of the 3-Attractions Ticket (including The Salem Witch Museum, The Salem Witch Dungeons and the New England Pirate Museum) reasonably priced. It's a bit bigger than the Salem Witch Dungeons, about the same size as the Pirate Museum, and was the only one in which most of the tour came from prerecorded tapes (a guide was always present to answer questions). So, if you're spending a witch themed day in Salem, I'd recommend it for fun. But if your looking for serious historical education, already know a lot about the topic and are bothered by redundancies, or simply can't appreciate laymen working to be entertaining, then skip this.
  • As I love visiting Salem and I love this museum, an update is definitely needed. You can tell the same exhibit has been there since the beginning. It's very charming, but with a little more sprucing it could be on the next level.
  • This place was fantastic. The history and story telling was nicely done. The line wasn't too bad and the historians really knew their stuff.
  • It's ok. In Salem there are sooo many choices to learn about the witch trials. My cousin and I picked this place real quick as we were wrapping up our day there. It's and underground guided museum that tells the story of the city's past. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. If you're looking for one tour to knock it out of the park for your day of fun and learning in Salem, do a bit of research beforehand instead of just walking into the first museum you stumble upon.