Salem Witch Museum
What Salem is most known for, of course, is the 1692 Witch Trials, one of the strangest episodes in American colonial history. Fourteen women and five men were hanged after being convicted of sorcery, and one man died after being pressed to death over the course of two days.
The museum, housed in an appropriately gloomy, neo-Gothic structure (which was built in the mid-19th century) has stage sets that use figures and narration to bring this frightening era to life. The gift shop sells all sorts of one-of-a-kind witchy paraphernalia including Salem witch bottles—small glass bottles filled with sand, salt, a nail, and a charm that colonists used to use to ward off evil spirits.
19½ Washington Sq. N.
- Salem, Massachusetts 01970
- 42.52368500, -70.89111300
- Jan.–June: daily 10–5. Jul.–Aug.: daily 10–7. Sept. –Dec.: daily 10–5. (Oct. weekends: late closings Fri.–Sat.)
- Visit Website
- (978) 744-1692