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Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Free admission
Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salem

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Two thumbs up!
Clare_B, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
We had a great time on our walking tour. Stosh was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would definitely recommend. Thanks for a great tour!
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Fantastic!!
James_A, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
This tour was really great. The woman leading the tour was extremely knowledgeable and did an amazing job of keeping everyone engaged by making us part of the story. This tour was the most fun of all the tours we took while in Salem.
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Awesome
heather_n, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Lots of fun and history! Well worth the money and would definitely do this again! It was interactive and informational!
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I think his name was Bob,...
Kathleen_G, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
I think his name was Bob, he did an excellent job. He explained many things to use, very informative
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Effective
Lisa_C, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Good little walk with lots of information, just the right amount of time in my opinion. A handout would be a helpful option with either a timeline or names.
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Welcoming Experience
Noah_W, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
The scenic walk and history of Salem was gorgeous and the tour guide was inviting, knowledgeable, and humorous!
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Wonderful
Michelle_F, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Great tour guide would highly recommend this tour . Very interesting… bring your questions. The tour interacts with the group very fun 🤩
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Fun tour
Cindy_S, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Very educational and simple tour about the Salem trails. James our walking tour guide was so funny and nice , I didn’t feel bored at all.
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Christina was fantastic, entertaining and knowledgeable
Paula_D, Sep 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
We had a great time and learned a lot. Weather was great and Christina was entertaining. We wood definite have recommend to others
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Salem witch trial history made relevant
Anne_Hudson, Sep 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
The historical walking tour of the Salem witch trials was excellent. Our guide James was steeped in the history of each of the places we visited on the tour, and to him these events and these deaths were not historical facts but the experience of people who lived their lives in the place where we stood. His closing remarks about learning from trials about doing better and treating people with greater compassion and respect were fitting.
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Lenore_B, Sep 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Informative and great way to see downtown Salem. Our guide was knowledgeable and encouraged a dialogue with the group rather than just lecturing. He kept it interesting and fun!
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Salem=Awesome!
Heather_F, Sep 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
James was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and funny! We had a great time! Our tour started almost on time except for a few stragglers. The meeting point was easy to find. James was very personable and easy to understand.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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