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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Address: 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
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+1 978-740-1650
09:00 - 17:00
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Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site...

Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage.

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Small but interesting site

Free entry & great to see layout of old customs house. Guides most helpful and interesting with a number of exhibits to view.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
Liverpool, England
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Sewell, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Salem Maritime NHS is located along the waterfront and chronicles the life of a major seaport from 200 years ago. Walk out to the lighthouse on the end of a long pier. Great view of the bay area from here. The park service controls a number of historic buildings in this section of town. Unfortunately, there're not all open... More 

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Even though the ship, Friendship, is having hull repairs, is not in port, it is the place to start your touring of Salem's waterfront. The tour of the Customs House is great and easy to access. Remember to call in and reserve your spots, they can fill up quickly, especially in season (the busiest is summer and October). The other... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I went on a crisp clear autumnal day recently, and was disappointed. The ship was away for repairs, so that left a walk out to the lighthouse, some information plaques and a gift shop. To be fair, the gift shop does stock some lovely items, but I feel a lot of the buildings and equipment that evoke an atmosphere must... More 

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Liverpool, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Free entry & great to see layout of old customs house. Guides most helpful and interesting with a number of exhibits to view.

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Southeastern Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Start with the Visitors Center to get acclimated - also houses a large book/gift shop. Stop by the Custom House and walk down Derby Wharf for fun interactive sites for kids. The vessel Friendship was not docked there - it is undergoing repairs in Gloucester.

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Great place to visit and take in all the culture of the seaport in Salem MA. Great place to visit, have lunch, relax. There is a lot of wealthy sea captains that left their important artifacts to this museum. They often have special exhibits, costume, oil painters, Faberge eggs etc...

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Lebanon, CT
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

First time this building has been open when we were in Salem. Disappointed only 3 rooms were open on the first floor. For such a large building we were hoping to see a lot more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It is FREE to go inside and full of historical info. This is in a peaceful spot right by the water. It is located on the Derby Wharf. It's a great place to visit and take a stroll out to the lighthouse at the end.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Arrived in the fog & had hoped to see the replica ship Friendship, but it wasn't there. Don't know why. Shame. Still, on a beautiful fall day, the mist cleared and we walked to the lighthouse. Very shallow water there. Looked around the custom house and thought the storage very small for so much trade. Less than 1 ship per... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

If you want the true flavour of Salem then you will find it here. Unfortunately most of the centre is dominated by witch and witchcraft museums and shops. Might be ok in small doses but soon got to be overbearing. Going down to the waterside made a refreshing change. Here you can really sense the history of the town. Well... More 

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