Here’s everything you need to know about The Salem Witch Museum in a minute and a half-long video. Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript with links to much more information about this iconic attraction.
Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at The Salem Witch Museum.
The Salem Witch Museum is one of the most iconic locations in Salem, Massachusetts. The structure originally functioned as a church built in 1718. It remained as such, albeit multi-congregational, all the way until 1956 when a fire led to the building being sold. In 1958, it opened as an automobile museum and shop. Then, a decade later another fire destroyed that enterprise. In 1972, The Salem Witch Museum officially opened its doors. It went on to be pivotal in the beginning of Salem’s October-long Haunted Happenings Festival a year after its opening. Learn more about the history of this fascinating building here.
What’s Inside the Salem Witch Museum?
The attraction features a primary presentation, secondary presentation, and gift shop. After entering the building, guests meet a hallway housing various artifacts relating to the witch trials. They are then led into the main chamber, within which the primary presentation occurs. This consists of a series of wax figure dioramas that are perched above and around guests. Light cues and audio narration sequence the dioramas and detail the events that lead to and occurred within The Salem Witch Trials.
The secondary presentation is led by a museum guide and it is in a much smaller back room. It has to do with the perception of witchcraft through the ages. Guests are led through the gift shop after this second presentation on their way out of the attraction.
Hours of Operation
The Salem Witch Museum is open all year from 10am to 5pm. In July and August, they extend their closing by two hours to 7pm. October hours vary, so check here for those. The Museum closes on Thanksgiving, Christmas, at 3pm on New Year’s Day, and a couple weeks in January.
Adult tickets are $13, Senior Citizen $11.50, and Children $10. Tickets are available at the door.
They are located at 19 1/2 Washington Square North Salem, Massachusetts 01970. They are very near the Roger Conant statue, the Salem Commons, and The Hawthorne Hotel. There is on-street parking nearby or you can park at the Bridge Street garage at 1 New Liberty St. Salem, MA 01970.
Contact the Salem Witch Museum
The Salem Witch Museum can be reached at 978-744-1692 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.