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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

193 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Cool, educational place to stop in. Should be part of your visit if you are interested in anything... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kim B
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Citrus Heights, California
There is more to Salem then just witches.

We came to Salem for the Witch Museum and found this gem. There is a visitor center with a gift... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2017
parrottdize
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Dyer, Indiana
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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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193 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5637
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool, educational place to stop in. Should be part of your visit if you are interested in anything maritime.

Thank Kim B
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We came to Salem for the Witch Museum and found this gem. There is a visitor center with a gift shop and restrooms. When you are there get a walking map and do a walking tour of the area. The area is not that big,...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Waite & Peirce: Authentic and Exotic Goods is the new official museum store, brand and logo of the site, run by the park service. Very rare to find a public enterprise branded as a private one! but here it works really well. This is one...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The Hawkes House is located right next to the Custom House on one side, and the Derby House on its other side. It is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site (across from Pickering Wharf and the Lighthouse). Definitely worth a look, a photo,...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We knew about this site from our time at the visitor center. We went inside it as we wandered around in the Salem Maritime Area. A nice old building with a few exhibits. Take you time and visit it.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

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
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

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
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 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
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

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.

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Hayley1607
30 July 2017|
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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).
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Hayley1607
20 July 2017|
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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
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Sue H
1 April 2015|
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Response from Jonathan P | Property representative |
Possibly. Please email our Park Historian, Emily_Murphy@nps.gov.
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