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The Salem Witch Museum takes you back to the inexplicable events that unfolded in a tranquil seaside community. Experience the hysteria that gripped Salem in 1692 through fascinating narratives, dramatic lighting and exhibits depicting the Witch Trials.
Dedicated to the memory of the unfortunate Salem Witch Trial victims, the museum is one of the city's most popular attractions. Here, you will learn about the personalities behind the hysteria that swept through the area as young girls cried out the names of their alleged tormentors Powerless against the allegations of practicing witchcraft, hundreds of accused individuals were imprisoned by the summer in a community driven by fear, superstition and intense rivalries.
A court, established to oversee the trials, convicted Bridget Bishop on June 2, 1692 and carried out her death sentence 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 five died in prison.
The Salem Witch Museum places you in the midst of this disturbing late 17th century phenomenon. The museum's exhibits provide a unique perspective on this dramatic event in colonial America. Stage sets, life-size props, special lighting and expert narrations provide a riveting account of the 1692 Witch Trials.
Visitors can also learn about the evolving perception of witches through the ages. This provocative exhibit depicts stereotypical beliefs about witches, the phenomenon of witch-hunts and various aspects of 17th century witchcraft as well as its modern day practices.
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Witches: Evolving Perceptions
Tituba telling Salem Village children mysterious tales of the Devil.
The Hanging of George Burroughs
Salem Witch Trials
Trial of Rebecca Nurse
Salem Witch Museum
Open year round. Daily. 10am-5pm. Summer extended hours: 10am-7pm.
E-ticket vouchers do not apply for Saturdays and Sundays in October and Halloween Day. Purchase tickets at the attractions for those days at retail rates.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, Mass.
Check in at the Salem Witch Museum admission desk to exchange your eTicket for a timed admission sticker.
Washington Sq. N. and Brown Street
There is parking garage located on New Liberty St. and also a garage at the corner of Congress and Derby St.
Child ticket: 6- 14 years of age. Children under 6 are free.
Extended hours in October during Salem's Halloween festival, Haunted Happenings. 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. E-ticket vouchers do not apply for Saturdays and Sundays in October and Halloween Day. Purchase tickets at the attractions for those days at retail rates.