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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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  • Our family enjoyed this museum/attraction, and it helped pull together many elements of the story of Salem. The opening drama was pretty good, although the mannequins were a little distracting from th...  more »
  • The reenactment was very engaging, as was the description of life in the dungeon. The dungeon is not in the exact location it was more than 300 years ago, but it was recreated with historical accuracy...  more »
  • This museum gives you a great understanding of what happened after a person was accused. You see a live reenactment of one of the trials and then go downstairs to a scaled replica of the dungeons wher...  more »
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  • Very informative, well put together, good acting. Knowledgeable tour guide. Felt like a real witch dungeon, (I've been in one)
  • I went here today and the acting was very good, and not too long to bore you. We were then brought downstairs and saw the dungeon. It was very cool to see the small compact replica spaces that the witches used to be confined in. There was a large crowd and in the dungeon it was just a big line so it felt very spacious. Very good stop and a very good price. I was looking for creepy in Salem, and this is where to go
  • Whether you're doing a witched themed day in Salem or just want to spice up a tourist visit with a bit of history, this is a nice place to start. A short play by laymen takes you back to the absurdity that was the Salem Witch Trails in the late 1600s, and the basement tour lets you experience for a short while the claustrophobic conditions which the accused had to endure. Quite educational, it makes it easy to understand why anyone accused might eventually confess just to escape this place. The Witch Dungeon Museum can be booked as a combination ticket together with the Salem Witch Museum and the New England Pirate Museum. Also, make sure to check out our personal favorite, The Gallows Hill Theater just across the street!
  • If you're walking in here thinking that you're visiting an actual witch prison, I suspect you're not paying much attention to the marketing material. What it actually is- a reenactment, and a somewhat playful one at that-- is a fun diversion with some actual historical education thrown in. The live acting of the witch trials is pretty great and they do it even if you're the only person visiting at the time (I know because I traveled here alone and they still put on the show for me, which I thought was awesome) Voyaging into the dungeons below gives you a sense of the cold, dark, awful space that actually once existed. Certainly the staging of the mannequins changes the vibe a bit from serious historical museum to roadside attraction but so what? I liked that and definitely felt that for my money I was treated to a good experience. I was, as mentioned, alone, and the staff still walked me through everything and answered all of my questions while acting and being kind.
  • It is an amazing place. They have a wonderful play that demonstrates the witch trials. It is very eye opening with respect to what spectral evidence is. The underneath part of the museum is also great in how they show the treatment the accused had to endure.