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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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  • You must buy tickets online. This a disappointment. It was rainy and cold so we went to this museum. Once you get in you sit on a stool in a room. There is narrative and you are turning your stool to....  more
    You must buy tickets online. This a disappointment. It was rainy and cold so we went to this museum. Once you get in you sit on a stool in a room. There is narrative and you are turning your stool to....  more »
  • This was awful! I would give it a big fat zero if I could. Do not waste your time- not a museum at all. It was literally a puppet show. 
    This was awful! I would give it a big fat zero if I could. Do not waste your time- not a museum at all. It was literally a puppet show.  more »
  • My husband & I booked on to the last tour of the day as we were traveling from Maine & didn’t want to be late (the website is clear about not refunding tickets or changing times). We got there early.....  more
    My husband & I booked on to the last tour of the day as we were traveling from Maine & didn’t want to be late (the website is clear about not refunding tickets or changing times). We got there early.....  more »
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  • It's a decent way to kill 45 minutes and then never go again. Calling it a museum is generous, it's really a 2 part automated presentation. The first part is fine, you sit in a theater while a recorded narrator (from what sounds like the 70s) goes through the history of the Salem Witch trials and lights will shine on the stationary scenes accordingly. The second part has you standing in a room while a recorded narrator kind of goes into what we think of witches today. I bet this place has a cool vibe around Halloween, but we went in February. The staff was very nice and friendly.
  • First time visiting. This place is awesome for all ages. There is an awesome aquarium and a t-Rex skeleton right when you walk in. The planetarium shown about dark matter was mind blowing. Highly educational trip through the universe showing how tiny we are relative to the greater universe. In essence we are an atom to the planet earth.
  • If you have an interest in the history of the witch trials then this is definitely worth your time. The first half of the tour is educational like an aftershock special from decades ago, outdated and could use an overhaul but The vibe is spot on. The second half is a little more about the evolution and future of the witch. Head over to see the memorial stones after to complete this experience and check out some local shops to really bring in the scene. Come October and this place goes a whole other level of Halloween! Enjoy!
  • The staff were great, very friendly and informative. However, NOT worth the stop if you’re wanting an actual “museum” experience. It was a sit-and-listen for part one and a stand-and-listen for part two. It may be good for an elementary or middle school field trip, but a big pass for adults and families. It’s not interactive, you can’t take your time to wander and read, and the mannequins are old and in need of an update. Don’t waste time and money. The gift shop is probably the highlight of the event.
  • As other mention buy the tickets in advance, it was not super busy when we visited but it can get so in the weekends or when tour buses arrive. I will also try to sit in the middle in the main room. The setas allow you to rotate and the room is not too big so it's fairly easy to see the different steps/stages of the witch trials. The second room is not that great and the was figures in the main room would benefit from having some movement/automation but the visit is quite good and I would recommend it. The ticket prices are not that bad in this day and age (14$ to 17$).

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