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Salem Witch Trials Memorial Tours

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Salem Witch Trials Memorial
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial preserves a moment in history, when 17th-century residents of colonial Massachusetts tried and executed women and men accused of witchcraft. The site, a small grassy area surrounded by stone walls and locust trees, is just one of the many witchcraft hysteria attractions in the historical town of Salem.

The Basics
Enter the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, a small park, through the stone threshold where the accuseds’ statements of innocence are inscribed. Then feel the palatable history as you rest on one of the 20 granite benches, each inscribed with the victim’s name and date of execution. Designed by Maggie Smith and James Cutler, the memorial is based on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC. 

Salem is chockablock with witchery reminders, and guided tours often combine the Salem Witch Trial Memorial with visits to the 1637 Burial Point, downtown Salem, and the Salem Witch Village. Many visitors come as a day trip from Boston, only 30 minutes away, and spend time exploring the town of Salem, which is compact and very walkable.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is a must for anyone into witchy, spooky history.
  • The memorial does not offer any services but is close to facilities at the Salem Witch Village and the Salem Wax Museum.
  • The Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial, distinct from the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away in Danvers, Massachusetts.
  • The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is accessible to wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is on Liberty Street between Charter and Derby streets. Many of the town’s historic sites, hotels, and restaurants are within a few blocks. Parking is available for a fee on public streets and in the town’s many parking lots. Direct train service from Boston to Salem is available daily on the Newburyport/Rockport line from North Station.

When to Get There
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is open year-round, and is outside so best to visit when the weather is pleasant. Many nearby attractions have limited (if any) hours in winter, which means fewer lines but cold toes. The town hosts events all year, including events for the new and full moons. October, the season of the witch, brings Halloween, the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, and many other events in tune with the season.

The Witch Trials, Then and Now
The Salem Witch Trials, held in 1692, began with the hanging of Bridget Bishop at Proctor’s Ledge near Gallows Hill, also in Salem. John Hathorne, the judge of the Salem Witch Trials, died in 1717 and is buried at the Old Burying Point Cemetery next door to the memorial. The witch trials’ tercentenary, celebrated in 1992, featured a dedication speech by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.
Address: Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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2.5-Hour Salem History & Sightseeing Guided Walking Tour

2.5-Hour Salem History & Sightseeing Guided Walking Tour

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Join a local guide for a walking tour of Salem, Massachusetts. Hear about the city's history as you visit landmarks such as the Coven's Cottage, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, the Burying Point, the Witch House (Corwin House), Hamilton Hall, and Pickering House. Hear about the New England city's past as a Native American settlement, the witchcraft trials, the American Revolution, and more on this leisurely walking tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour

Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour

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The Salem Witch Trails was a period in history that is misunderstood easily. On this walking tour, follow a guide to main sites such as the witchcraft memorial and courthouse, as you hear stories from accusers and victims to gain a better understanding yourself. Plus, this Salem walking tour starts in the late afternoon leaving you plenty of time to fill up the rest of your day with activities.
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The Salem Night Tour

The Salem Night Tour

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When night falls across Salem, it's the perfect time to explore the city’s spooky and sinister past on a haunted history tour. On this top-rated walk through one of America's most haunted places, follow a licensed guide along lamplit streets while listening to legends and true tales of witchcraft, murder, mayhem, and more. Visit sites related to the infamous 17th-century Salem Witch Trials, and hear about the ghostly spirits said to still rattle through the town’s historic homes and graveyards.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Salem Night-Time Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Salem Night-Time Guided Ghost Walking Tour

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The history of Salem, the notorious site of some of the historical witchcraft trials, is shrouded in misconceptions. Unravel the mystery of the town's past on this ghost tour that takes you to all of the main haunted attractions in Salem while offering insight into the town's history through research and eyewitness accounts.
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  • 1 hour
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Self-Guided Smartphone Ghost Walking Tour in Salem

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Self-Guided Smartphone Ghost Walking Tour in Salem

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This is a Smartphone Guided ghost tour on our walking tour app. Go to the Ropes Mansion, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the spooky streets of Salem. 1 purchase works on 4 smartphones. Once you unlock the tour it does not expire and can be taken anytime. This offers spooky narration, theatrically crafted and music infused tour you can take anytime. Contactless and social distance friendly. It's recommended to listen on headphones or earbuds. Also you can Listen on a bluetooth speakers or your phone speaker. What makes this tour special? -The spooky narrator is one of a kind. -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a spooky adventure. -Go anytime. Go at your own pace -Great bang for your buck. Get the adventure for a fraction of the price of other tours.
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  • 40 to 50 minutes
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Salem Day Tour: Historical Witchcraft Hysteria Walking Tour

Salem Day Tour: Historical Witchcraft Hysteria Walking Tour

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This Salem Day Tour is recommended for any guest who wants to learn the true history of the most sensationalized dark moments in Colonial American history. While being led by local, experienced and licensed guides, guests will see the famous & iconic historical sites of the Salem. This tour contains dark and serious history, and may not be suitable for very young children.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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General History Winter Edition

General History Winter Edition

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Learn all about Salem’s highlights and history—and see the city at its most atmospheric when you explore in the middle of winter—on this introductory walking tour. Bundle up and meet your guide in central Salem. You’ll learn about the town’s infamous Witch Trials, will visit its cemetery and Witch House, will see highlights like the Old Town Hall, and will even learn about supposed hauntings and spooky happenings.
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Magic Lantern Tour

Magic Lantern Tour

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Celebrate Halloween with a spooky tour of Salem that illuminates the supernatural side of the city. As you hear from your guide about witches and ghosts, experience a ‘magic lantern’ show that uses technology to project rare images along the walls of the walking route, bringing another element to the haunting tales.
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