Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Were the Salem witch trials caused by moldy bread? Was anyone burned at the stake? What is a witch cake? Get answers to these questions and more, and immerse yourself in a key piece of American history at the Salem Witch Museum. Life-size stage sets, actors, and narrators recreate the drama of that dark time, while the Witches: Evolving Perceptions exhibit explores the evolution of the witch and the phenomenon of witch-hunting. Same-day tickets are available online; plan ahead for heavy traffic and limited parking during peak seasons in the summer and fall to avoid missing your time slot. – Tripadvisor
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  • Meander649423
    18 contributions
    Not worth the money
    The check in experience should have told us not to continue with this attraction. Be aware that tickets must be purchased on-line at a kiosk placed right outside the door. After that we joined other tourists who got in a line outside thinking they were all set. No, you have to go inside on the right and get stickers and then return outside. After that I was the only one who found out on my own that you have to go inside using the door on the lef. I held the door open to call in other tourists. After a few minutes other people entered asking about the stickers. They said they already paid. We told them no, they had to get stickers. Out they rushed to enter the door on the right on rush back using the door on the left. Ok. Phew. Everyone said how confusing it was. You then entered a circular room and sat on metal benches in the middle. Around the room were mannequin scenes explaining the history of witches. Each scene was lit one by one as a recording explained the witch history. You had to spin yourself around to see each scene. It gave a nice summary of history if that's what you were expecting. Maybe 15 minutes Next you were escorted into a room with 3 glassed-in store windows (poorly done, one had just a Halloween witch on a broom) as you listened to a 3 or 4 minute recording. The remainder of the exhibit in this room were plaques to be read. We waited to be led to another room but the tour was over! Several people asked"That's it?". We spent what I considered a lot of money and I couldn't believe they can call this a museum.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 22, 2023
  • Zosia B
    Waterloo, Belgium1,430 contributions
    Disappointing and overrated
    This museum has so much potential but it was just very disappointing. Admission is pricy for what essentially ended up being a 35 minute presentation. The presentation was divided into two parts. The first consisted of a series of narrated and dated vignettes. The second was a brief look at more modern displays but they were hard to view due to having to stand in such a small space.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Mariah D
    2 contributions
    Fun
    Amazing experience! I really enjoyed this museum, it was very informational and interesting. I went to sale for my birthday thoroughly enjoyed this experience and all the surrounding ones I 10/10 highly recommend going to salem in general!
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 3, 2023
  • PlatinumDC
    Severna Park, Maryland395 contributions
    Tourist Trap in Salem
    Unlike a museum which has some vague historical artifacts, this is a “museum” which has a light and audio visual show and a Harry Potter gift shop. Some interesting historical facts presented, but overall not a museum and absolutely not worth a visit while in Salem. The queuing process takes 30+ minutes and the cost is quite high, we almost left half way through and had regrets about not doing so afterwards.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • MommaT12
    Saint Charles, Missouri20 contributions
    Not what i was expecting
    A tour of a dank basement with very old animatronic mannequins. Very little redeeming value. Was expecting this to be like most museums where you can walk through at your own pace and read the various plaques along the way. I would highly recommend saving your money and actually doing one of the walking guided tours. You will learn a lot more about the history of the Salem Witch trials then going through the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • ERIN B
    3 contributions
    Not recommended
    Waited in line longer than I spent on the tour. My husband and I left the tour after the first room. Along with several other couples. Felt it was cheesy and rather boring. “People” in the displays were terrible looking. Looked paper mache at best.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Lori Y
    3 contributions
    Meh
    Make sure you buy tickets online before going. They are time stamped and are not sold at the venue. This is how it works...you get a card with a colored sticker on it after you check in. Then you wait in line with about 70 people. You get herded into a large room and sit on a stool or a bench. Above eye level going around the room are mannequins in different scenes. They light up one by one and a recording is played explaining each. Then, 1/2 the group goes to the next section, the other 1/2 waits on the gift shop for their turn. The next section you stand in a big group and there are a couple of mannequins in scenes and the recording is about witch hunting past to present. Then you exit to the gift shop. Seriously, thats it. If thats your thing for $17 youll have a blast. If you are expecting exhibits, artifacts etc then youll be incredibly disappointed. Staff was nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • njoireading247
    Johns Creek, Georgia330 contributions
    Witches
    Easy way to learn about the Salem Witch Trials but it was a bit cheezy! If it hadn't been raining we probably would not have done the tour and instead looked things up on our phone. You do need to buy the tickets on line ahead of time as it does fill up.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • fitzfam51
    Latham, New York136 contributions
    Cheesy but Iconic
    I found it difficult to review this attraction for several reasons. For example, I agree with other reviews that it is outdated and a bit cheesy with dummies, manikins, and overly dramatic voice-overs. It's also overpriced at $17.50 per adult for a 30 minute experience. Everyone enters a large room for a description of the witch trials with dioramas and voice-overs, then the group splits in half for a second room about the history of witchcraft in the western world. Of course, there's also the obligatory visit to the gift shop. That being said, the story of the witch trials is historically accurate, and the museum itself is an iconic stop for tourists. In fact, we first came here 40 years ago when our now adult children were still little.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Pam J
    Havelock, North Carolina58 contributions
    Don’t Waste Your Money
    Complete waste of time for the money! They brought us into a huge room with seats In middle and around the room. E were seated against the wall and could not see the displays over our heads anna behind us!!! Such a complete rip off!! The second part was less interesting! I wish I had read the reviews before spending any money!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
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Rex
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
It was such an interesting place to visit, I personally really liked the displays and the old school sounded audio / narratives
Although I was told this was from like the 70s or the 80s and it is seriously dated. Again personally quite liked it.
Nice gift shop with a lot of interesting books and souvenirs you can find.
I would come back to take someone who hasn’t been there but probably not revisiting them by myself.
Written February 6, 2024
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Nate080411
Nashua, NH1,007 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
I left feeling like it was just a dated experience. The staff was all friendly so there are no complaints there. The exhibit is an interesting way to get a high level review of the Salem Witch Trials in under 35 minutes. Maybe not bad for kids, but I wouldn't as an adult spend the money and time on this. There are other ways to learn about the history that I think would be more interesting and engaging. You have to buy your tickets online, you can't buy them in person (you will scan a QR Code if you show up and need tickets). I would recommend if you do go that you buy tickets ahead of time and get there 15 minutes before your time. It's a small place so you won't have much space to wait around if you show up earlier than that any way.
Written January 14, 2024
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Dave E
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Trust the one-star reviews! It is not a museum, but rather two "shows" in which you look at a bunch of 50 year old dioramas while listening to a hokey narration recorded in the 70s (literally - we asked). We felt totally ripped off.
Written December 30, 2023
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Libertyman
Augusta, ME14 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Seriously.This hokey thing is still there? I first saw it when I was about 10. It was ridiculous then and is the same today
In fACT I WOULDNT GO IN. The whole witch thing in Salem is out of control
That gets the emphasis instead of the maritime and historic heritage that Salem has. This comes from somebody whose ancestors were arrested as witch's at that time

Written December 24, 2023
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Storyteller783039
North Richland Hills, TX3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We didn’t quite know what to expect, but really enjoyed our experience at the Salem Witch Museum. The presentation was immersive and informative.
Written December 18, 2023
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Sarah G
Boston, MA8 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
The first time I ever visited was when I was five. The main gallery, with its red lights and ominous audio, scared both my sister and I. This was how the Salem Witch Trials were introduced to me and is a core memory.

Nowadays, the main gallery is considered outdated. It serves more as a time capsule for pre-Haunted Happenings treatment of the Salem Witch Trials, with its original wax figures. After all, it is the oldest museum dedicated to the hysteria.

It is best to take small children here.

The museum's real strength lies in its academic lectures (both in-person and online) as well as its resources for decendants of the victims. Keep a close eye on their calendar.
Written December 4, 2023
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Kat S
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It's not really a museum - you get crammed into a room with a hundred other people and there are mannequins above you while a recording plays. You're better off booking a walking tour in town.
Written November 11, 2023
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Jakob C
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Have insomnia? This will cure you. Boring and not worth your money, and definitely not a museum. More like a dollar store version of a Maddame Tassauds but the figures all have some kind of skin irritation.

If I where the owner of this I would knock it down and try again.
Written November 9, 2023
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Cate L
Berlin, Germany18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Clearly I have very different idea of what a museum should entail.

The place was packed to the rafters, understandable, but the first part of the experience was being parked in the gift shop as we all got in each other's way. Then, onto a room ringed by mannequins meet dioramas, like something from the 80s. You sit on a stool, and a recorded narration begins.

I thought this must be a warm-up, Surely it must get better. It didn't. The next room was more of the same, standing shoulder to shoulder, staring at the same kind of mannequin listening to another recorded tape. Tired meets tacky.

I can't believe they charge for this! We were tempted to ask for our money back. It was that bad. I can't share photos as they weren't allowed - I'm sure you can see why, no one would pay to visit again.

We left the second room quickly and certainly didn't buy anything at the gift shop.
Written November 5, 2023
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Tanya W
Austin, TX83 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is not strictly speaking a museum. There are no historical artifacts present.
It is an exhibition. A still life tableu of figures with an overly dramatic & somewhat “disney-isk” narration of the witch trials. It was interesting, but a bit touristy. It’s not spooky or irreverent, just a little dated
Written November 4, 2023
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