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Top 15 things to do in Salem

1. Peabody Essex Museum

One of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., Peabody Essex Museum houses close to 2 million pieces. Originally founded in 1799, the museum now has 22 different buildings. Explore themed exhibits, including art pieces from Africa, Oceania, America, and an extensive collection of Asian art. Check the museum's schedule of events for information on the frequent temporary exhibits, family craft days, and music festivals.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Peabody Essex Museum

2. Salem Witch Museum

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.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Salem Witch Museum

3. Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial features a row of benches installed in a stone wall. Each bench is engraved with the name of a victim of the trials. You might bring flowers or a memento to honor those who suffered the witch hunt. You are welcome to sit on benches. The memorial is next to the Peabody Essex Museum.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Salem Witch Trials Memorial

4. The Salem Night Tour

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Salem's most compelling tour. Led by locals with a flair for the history and haunts of Salem. Join the 75-90 minute adventure as a local guide leads the way through legends, ghost stories, history, and the infamous hysteria of 1692 — the Salem Witch Trials. This is a comfortably paced outdoor walking tour of downtown Salem, so please dress accordingly. The tour is largely attended and reservations are strongly suggested.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Tours from $26 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables embodies Salem's rich history. The house was built in 1668 for Captain John Turner, one of the wealthiest men in the Massachusetts Colony. Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized the building in an 1851 gothic novel that carries the house’s name. Today, the mansion is a nonprofit museum that celebrates American history and Hawthorne's work. The museum offers guided tours through immaculate gardens and rooms equipped with historically accurate antiques. There are regular educational events, workshops, and period performances. Check the online schedule to see what’s on during your visit and to make reservations.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $7 › Learn more about The House of the Seven Gables

6. Crow Haven Corner

Tap into the supernatural at Crow Haven Corner, a store specializing in the mysterious legends surrounding Salem's colonial past. Get a psychic's perspective from Loralei, the resident clairvoyant who specializes in communicating with spirits from the past. You can also discover what your future holds from a health and wellness scan, or a tarot card or palm reading. Browse the shop's selection of occult items, such as crystal balls, figures, essential oils, and even spell kits to meet your magic needs. Be sure to book a psychic reading ahead of time.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Old Burying Point Cemetery

Established in 1637, Old Burying Point Cemetery is the second oldest known cemetery in the United States, featuring headstones so old that some are crumbling. Look for the burial spot of John Hathorne--apart from being the great-great grandfather of the famous writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, he was also the judge during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Although no one knows where the victims of the trial were buried, a memorial has been erected at this cemetery. Numerous other intriguing people rest here as well, illustrating Salem's eerie and colorful past.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Old Burying Point Cemetery

8. Satanic Salem Walking Tour

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Salem history from The Satanic Temple! Who the hell are we? Watch the documentary "Hail Satan?" on Hulu before booking and you'll get it! The most unique walking tour in Salem, free from supernatural or superstitious elements. Your tour guide is an expert in occultism, witchcraft, and a member of The Satanic Temple! Surprisingly very family friendly, but for weird families.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $25 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Salem Food Tours

~ Since 2012 ~ Salem Food Tours offers guided food and cultural walking tour of historic Salem, MA. Every step abounds with beautiful sites, history and tastings at some of Salem’s best food shops and restaurants. Enjoy talks with chefs and fellow foodies. From tales of early colonial dinners and Salem’s illustrious maritime spice trade to today’s culinary renaissance, Salem is a truly delicious place to explore! For more information and to make reservations, please visit www.SalemFoodTours.com. Walk. Eat Local. Experience History!

Salem Spirits Trolley is our sister Tour, www.SalemSpiritsTrolley.com, and offers tastings at our local cidery, brewery, and distillery.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Witch Dungeon Museum

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.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $24 › Learn more about Witch Dungeon Museum

11. Omen: Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium

At Omen: Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium discover your faith in the witch's daydream. The emporium sells anything you may need, from candles and crystals to magical gifts. Leave a name of a person who needs healing on a note at the altar and absorb the positive energy sent by the Shalimar of the emporium. Buy a tarot deck and explore your inner powers at the place for aspiring witches. Get a reading from an experienced witch of your choice, or ask for help from the staff to be paired up with one that would suit you.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour

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Visit the sites of the Colonial Witch Trials that made Salem famous on this 90-minute walking tour. Stroll through this historical town and see the locations where the First Church, Salem Meetinghouse, Courthouse and others once stood. You will visit the Witch House as well as the Witchcraft Memorial and will hear stories of people involved and see where they lived. Discover the somber and harrowing events that occurred before, during and after the trials on this walking tour in Salem.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $25 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Hex: Old World Witchery

Visit Hex: Old World Witchery to purchase magical items or get a psychic reading from a witch. Browse through the collection of items and pick out a candle to bless your home, a love potion, herbs and roots for your own magic spells, or a voodoo doll made by a real voodoo practitioner. While you are there, cast a spell at the witches' alter or leave a message for a departed loved one at the Altar of the Dead.The witches who give psychic readings are all trained in tarot cards, palmistry, clairvoyance, spirit mediumship, astrology, and past lives.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Pickering Wharf

The waterfront neighborhood of Pickering Wharf represents a variety of charming stores, cafes, and restaurants. You can search for souvenirs at its antique stores, independent boutiques, galleries, and gift shops before stopping for a drink or bite to eat overlooking the water. Those who don't like to shop can simply enjoy observing the activity of the harbor and its collection of boats. Don't miss an impressive replica of the Friendship Schooner, a 1800s trading ship that is docked here.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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15. Salem and Witchcraft Historical Walking Tour

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The tryals have left a footprint on Salem, and the world, that still echo 330 years later. Join us on our 90min walking tour as we visit historic locations and lay the groundwork to explore and unpack what happened in Salem in 1692. Shedding light on how a community driven by fear and led by religious ideology and zealotus extremism, executed 20 innocent people.We invite you to be part of our story and learn why true history is Better Than Fiction. -All tour guides are licensed by the City of Salem and are professional storytellers .
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $26 › More about this tour at viator.com ›