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Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem

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Witness reenactments of the Salem witch trials at Witch Dungeon Museum. The daily performances are based on historic manuscripts from the 1692 trials. The dramatic "possession" of Salem's young women led to the hanging of 19 people and two dogs. After watching the harrowing performance, you can tour the reconstructed dungeon below. You can save on the admission fee by purchasing a combination ticket that includes entry to three museums within walking distance of each other. Use our Salem itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Witch Dungeon Museum and other attractions in Salem.
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  • There are so many things to do and see in Salem that it's hard to choose. If you have the time, there is a deal (2 tours for a discounted price: dungeon and pirates museums) that we would have done ha...  more »
  • This was a cool experience! We listened to someone explain the history behind the Salem Witch trials and then watched a short play with dialogue original to the time. Afterwards we took a tour of the ...  more »
  • Was d isappointed....three cast members......did a rather brief re-enactment of part of a witch trial....acoustics are poor...room large...sound system weak....cashier/greeter was dour....seemed as if...  more »
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  • This is a decent stop. Informative and fun. The beginning play is nice to sit back and watch. The dungeon tour is cool as well. This is a good stop to make in Salem.
  • This was a very informative tour. I especially enjoyed the theatrics. The girls did a great job.
  • This museum was a lot better than the more popular Salem Witch Museum. This museum was a live action witch trial with excerpts of the actual dialogue. The other museum is wax figure scenes that are systematically lit up as each is spoken about. The dungeon museum includes a tour of a basement dungeon of where witches would have been held until trial and the different types of cells they would have been held in. Our guide told us that when the river flooded the water would have been knee deep with rats swimming around. There were also examples of some torture devices. If you know some of the basic history already, definitely skip the Witch Museum and go here instead! Much better! More audience engaging. *Accessibility note* Be forewarned there are a lot of narrow poorly lit stairs up to the entrance, down to the dungeon, and possibly back up to exit and gift shop; they did mention exit to street from dungeon without going ALL the way back up to gift shop which saves you some stairs (3/4 flight-ish up and back down to exit stairs). You can look at the gift shop before entering the start of the attraction. *Unusual note* Flash photography is allowed, non-flash allowed, no filming or Snapchat for copyright, turn cell phones on silent/vibrate.
  • Great show! Nice staff, cute gift shop. Extremely creepy dungeon.
  • Very informative, well put together, good acting. Knowledgeable tour guide. Felt like a real witch dungeon, (I've been in one)

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Where to stay in Salem

There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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