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National Park Service Visitor Center

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Highly would recommend stopping in at the visitor center before planning your Salem itinerary... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brooklyn, New York
Very nice and well done

Some models of ships from the days Salem was a world port. Nice gift shot. Very friendly rangers... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Franklin, New Hampshire
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Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center is an ideal place to begin your visit to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area. National Park...more
2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
+1 978-740-1650
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All reviews great place to start starting point parking garage across the street public bathrooms helpful rangers essex county witch trials plan your visit minute movie clean restrooms rest rooms maritime history a small gift shop interesting displays your bearings salem visit answer questions
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Highly would recommend stopping in at the visitor center before planning your Salem itinerary. Park rangers are available to answer any questions you may have, and brochures and maps are must haves. They offer a one hour walking tour on the history of the witch...More

Thank SuzyQu15
Reviewed 1 week ago

Some models of ships from the days Salem was a world port. Nice gift shot. Very friendly rangers. Rest rooms available

Thank BAR845
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, the restrooms were the good part of the visitor center. I was also able to buy a book here that the book store did not have. I am usually a traveler that does lots of planning before going some place. I hadn't done that...More

Thank LV2travelmore
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to learn the background. Easy walk to Old Burying Ground and the Memorial. Perhaps most important - CLEAN, FREE restrooms. Park across the street in the multistory parking garage (cheap!).

Thank huskerderailed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a disappointing visitors center. We went in on 2 separate days, the first evening we figured we may have waited too late to hear anything from a guide - but it appears the 2nd visit wasnt ang different. The only interaction we had...More

Thank Rachel G
Reviewed September 8, 2018

This visitor center is mainly a gift shop. We thought there was a film telling the history of the waterfront and shipping. That would have been helpful. We were able to get brochures and a map, but the park service staff was not very interested...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

There are some items there on display and a moderate sized gift shop. The play a fill that’s about 20-30 minutes about the Salem Witch Trials that is informative. Costs $5. It’s centrally located so easy to find. The hours aren’t very extensive though, 10...More

Thank tshep42
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Good starting point for your visit to Salem to get maps and basic information. Salem itself is really, really not worth the time

1  Thank Stephen4261
Reviewed August 19, 2018

And the gift shop had a nice variety of locally made goods. the clerk in the gift shop was also quite informed about the area, which was great.

1  Thank SaintAnna80
Reviewed August 17, 2018

The visitor center for the Salem Maritime National Historic Site covers the period of time when Salem was the largest port in the country and per capita the wealthiest in the country. Of course, you can't overlook the Salem witch trials, which didn't actually happen...More

1  Thank SGB_on_the_road
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September 30, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth D | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking area near the visitors center. It is not free, you have to pay to park. It wasn't designated specifically to the visitors center.
Brent B
October 12, 2016|
Response from Bob F | Reviewed this property |
Open 9AM-5PM every day except closed on Thanksgiving, December 25th, and January 1st