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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Not a lot to see.

We didn't go in the customs house, but there isn't a lot to see on the wharf. It looked like there... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Knots! Boats! History!

This is a quaint little National Historic Site with so much varied history! Take a walk down the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Starkville, Mississippi
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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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  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We didn't go in the customs house, but there isn't a lot to see on the wharf. It looked like there might normally be some ships there, but they had been disassembled, as there were a lot of ship masts laying about. A decent little...More

Thank turbotrevor
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a quaint little National Historic Site with so much varied history! Take a walk down the wharf to the lighthouse. It's great to watch the gulls find crabs and eat them. Plus, the walk features educational signs about the kinds of goods imported...More

Thank WeezieWeaver
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people know about the Salem Witch Trials and only associate Salem with that, I know I did. There is so much maritime history in Salem. It is worth it to take the time and walk the harbor, read the plaques, and learn more about...More

Thank LKSG123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Still, understanding the history of the area was fascinating. The Custom House was across the street. Trying to get here was quite challenging. Be prepared to pay for parking, as it was very busy on a weekday. October is the month to visit Salem as...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great area that provides history for those who enjoy that about the Custom House and Derby Wharf area. If history isn't your thing, it is a beautiful spot to watch the boats and have your lunch. Many fun history facts posted along the way.

Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everybody knows Salem for the 19 executed witches but forget the rich nautical background of the town. The ports growth thru shipping and receiving goods. N. Hawthorn worded here in the Customs House for a time. The Rangers are very knowledgeable and helpful. Don't miss...More

Thank Vicky A
Reviewed 6 September 2017

My wife and I fell upon this site as we were walking from our B&B to the center of Salem - and we are very grateful we took the time to stop. We both love history of the revolution and after, and the entire system...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Enjoyed the Salem waterfront at the Maritime National Historic Site. Historic Derby House, Hawkes House, Custom House and the obligatory Salem Witch in the nearby neighborhood. Too bad that the "Friendship of Salem" is in dry dock elsewhere for repairs. It would have been great...More

1  Thank DJLangston
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Even though the ship is being repaired, the outside displays are a great place to learn about Salem's sea heritage.

Thank dnumme
Reviewed 14 July 2017

The Visitor Center at 2 New LibertySt has movies and an exhibit of ships from 1600s. Important since none are currently in dock. Also, the junior ranger program is good and we found the staffed rangers very patient and helpful

Thank jbwhitehouse
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30 July 2017|
Response from travelincalifmom | Reviewed this property |
The tour took about 1.5 hours. There was no fee, just needed to make a reservation at the NPS Visitor Center near the Peabody Essex Museum (next to the tall parking structure).
20 July 2017|
Response from travelincalifmom | Reviewed this property |
There are some special tours from time to time, such as the Narbonne House. The Custom House is open certain hours and is more of a self-guided place with rangers available to answer questions. I'd allow about 30-40 minutes... More
Sue H
1 April 2015|
Response from Jonathan P | Property representative |
Possibly. Please email our Park Historian, Emily_Murphy@nps.gov.