Museums

Peabody Essex Museum. A world-class art and cultural museum, which also boasts an extensive collection of objects and artwork from Salem’s past.

The House of the Seven Gables. A museum and collection of historic buildings, including the house made famous by Hawthornes’ novel, as well as, The Retire Becket House (1655); The Hooper Hathaway House (1682); Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace (c1750); The Phippen House (c1782); and The Counting House (c 1830).

Salem Maritime National Historic Site. A comprehensive exhibition of Salem’s maritime past, including a fully outfitted replica of an East Indian trading ship (The “Friendship”); The Salem Custom House, where Nathaniel Hawthorne once worked; Derby Wharf; the West India Trading Goods Store; the Rigging Shed; The Derby House; The Narbonne House; a waterfront orientation center and a visitors’ center for the Essex National Heritage Trail.

The Phillips House. “The Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century.”

The Jonathan Corwin House. “The ‘Witch House’, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692.”

Attractions

“Cry Innocent”. “The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and the audience sits on the Puritan jury. They hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict.”

Salem Common. “Salem Common, the large, attractive park in the heart of the city, has been public land since Salem’s early days.”

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial. “The Memorial consists of 20 granite benches cantilevered from a low stone wall surrounding an area adjoining the Old Burying Point. The benches are inscribed with the name of the accused and the means and date of execution.”

Old Burying Point. “Old Burying Point or the Charter Street Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Salem, and the second oldest known cemetery in the country, started in 1637. It is located on Charter St. next to the Witch Trials Memorial and contains many famous individuals such as Jonathan Corwin and John Hawthorne, who were Judges in the Salem Witch Trials, Samuel Bradstreet who was a Governor of Massachusetts and many more interesting historical figures.

The Schooner ”Fame”. “The new Fame is a full-scale replica of a fast Chebacco fishing schooner that was reborn as a privateer when war broke out in the summer of 1812.”

McIntire Historic District Walking Tour. “The distinctive McIntire Historic District encompasses an area with more than 300 historic structures. This urban walking tour, which takes the visitor past several of architect Samuel McIntire’s significant houses, includes magnificent sea captains’ houses as well as humble workers’ cottages.”

Chestnut Street. “The McIntire Historic District includes Chestnut Street and is a Registered National Historic Landmark and a showcase of grand antique houses.”

Hamilton Hall. “Hamilton Hall is the Federalist gem of historic Chestnut Street, which has been called “the most beautiful street in America.” Hamilton Hall has hosted many memorable social and cultural events, including debutante balls, dinners for heads of state, and a visit by French hero Marquis de Lafayette in 1824.”

The Nathaniel Bowditch House. It is the historic home of Nathaniel Bowditch, famed scholar, mathematician, navigator and businessman, and author of The New American Practical Navigator.

Winter Island Marine Park. Winter Island is an historic site which includes the remains of old Fort Pickering, a lighthouse, camp ground, and beach.

The Salem Trolley. “The Salem Trolley provides visitors with a narrated one hour tour and all day shuttle service through beautiful and historic Salem.

Many additional tourist attractions can be found on The Salem City Guide.