Salem Witch Museum
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
- Life-size stage sets: Walk through 13 harrowing depictions of Salem in 1692 amidst sets of the trial courts and gallows with figures, lighting effects, and haunting narration.
- The witch trials: Experience the eerie trials firsthand during the museum's main exhibit. Based on actual trial documents, the presentation is rich with historical details.
- Witches exhibit: Explore the myth and stereotypes of witches through the centuries, the origin of witch hunts, and how witchcraft practices have changed since the 17th century.
About this Salem tour
What drove a Puritan community to accuse young girls of witchcraft in 1692? Why were the girls behaving strangely, convulsing, and having "fits"? Prepare to get chills down your spine when you uncover the disturbing answers at the Salem Witch Museum.
The gruesome events of the Salem Witch Trials unfold through dramatic exhibits and live guides. The first victim, Bridget Bishop, was convicted on June 2, 1692 and hanged eight days later. No one was above suspicion when the summer of executions began, including an affluent couple and pious church members. Before reason returned, 20 people were executed and seven died in prison. The exhibits bring to life their devastating stories, leaving their spirits to haunt you long after you leave the museum.
But the real question is, do you believe in witchcraft? The museum explores the myth of witches throughout the centuries. Witches: Evolving Perceptions depicts stereotypical beliefs about witches and may change everything you thought you knew about witchcraft. In fact, your visit to the Witch City may very well make you a believer.
Let them eat witch cake
Not your typical Betty Crocker, witch cake was made from rye meal and the urine of girls believed to be bewitched. History tells us a servant baked this cake and then fed it to a dog. The unlucky dog was to reveal who bewitched the girls. Unfortunately, the girls’ condition worsened and the servant was arrested for witchcraft. No one knows what happened to the dog, but surely it wasn't good.
Please make your way to 19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, Mass.
October is a very busy time in Salem and the museum can sell out.
Please arrive no later than 12:00 noon to exchange your e-ticket for a museum sticker for the first available presentation.
Open year round. Daily. 10am-5pm. July and August: 10am-7pm. Tours not available on Saturdays and Sundays in October and Halloween Day. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Venue is wheelchair accessible
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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