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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  • August 12, 2017
    This starts off with a short play to set the stage, then a tour of recreated dungeons in the basement. I thought this was a must visit as part of the overall experience, but I felt rushed and didn't r...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This was a very interesting attraction very informative and although not the original dungeon it is very realistic and provides an informed insight into a very disturbing passage of history at a reaso...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Unlike the other museums, The Witch Dungeon actually has some actresses perform on a stage and give a re-enactment between Sarah Good and Ann Putnam Sr. After the performance, the tour guide takes you...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    This was a very informative tour. I especially enjoyed the theatrics. The girls did a great job.
  • July 3, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    Great show! Nice staff, cute gift shop. Extremely creepy dungeon.
  • June 6, 2017
    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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