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The Custom House

178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour only.
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178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We weren't sure if we should stop in at The Custom House, but I'm glad that we did. Salem has so much more history than just The Salem Witch Trails. Only the first floor of The Custom House is accessible to the public but there...More

Thank LKSG123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is much more to Salem than its association with the with trials and The Custom House is a great representation of that. We were fortunate to visit when two really knowledgeable and enthusiastic Park Rangers were on staff and spent quite a while talking...More

Thank ozark_Roxy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting old building filled w/the items so important to the taxing history of a busy maritime port. The guide on hand answered questions and provided insights to how the tax process worked in this once very lively seaport and was a wealth of interesting information...More

Thank AquaBarb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Custom House offers a historical point of view of the area for free! Great area near the Derby Wharf.

Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The problem with Salem is that it is difficult to get away from the association with witch trials. Yet there is so much more to it than a few difficult months in 1692. One way to get another viewpoint is to visit this beautiful building...More

Thank CCR_GR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My child and I popped in to see what was in this beautiful building. We were greeted by an NPS guide who gave us a detailed overview of the Custom House's purpose. He did a great job helping my daughter connect to what she'd learned...More

Thank MrsProfessor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nathaniel Hawthorne worked here and several pieces of his office furniture is placed inside. Beautifully preserved and a graceful building is the first and 12th custom house in Salem port. To solve this mystery ask the Ranger who will be glad to interpret and answer...More

Thank Vicky A
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Large building right in front of the wharf with a golden eagle on the top. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s office, for the short time he worked there, was in this building. You can walk inside and see everything within a few minutes and a docent is available...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 29 August 2017

The Custom House was on Derby St. and a typical old New Encland 1600-1700's bldg. used for accounting for and collecting taxes for goods that entered the Port of Salem, MA in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Log books are available to peruse and a...More

Thank Alphonse_of_Olde
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We noticed this beautiful building as we were walking and decided to explore it. We were glad we did because we learned a bit of area history, which was quite interesting and fascinating too.. The agent was very informative and there were artifacts to see...More

Thank Judith M
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