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National Park Service Visitor Center

2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
+1 978-740-1650
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The rangers have the National Passport Cancellation stamps in this building for the 5 area... read more

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Vicky A
Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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If you have never been to Salem and do not know the history of the city it is a great way to get a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Patricia B
Salem, Massachusetts
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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 Service Rangers and Volunteers will welcome you to the city and to the Heritage Area, and help you plan your visit.
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  • Average9%
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2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed yesterday

The rangers have the National Passport Cancellation stamps in this building for the 5 area lighthouses. The town runs a free movie on the building of the town and a fee movie about the town's history. Check for times. Gift Shop and a fantastic diorama...More

Thank Vicky A
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you have never been to Salem and do not know the history of the city it is a great way to get a quick overview. Salem's maritime history is quite impressive and the national park rangers are knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Salem make this your first stop. Helpful rangers and lots of materials about Salem available (including town maps). Clean restrooms. Easy in/out and very reasonably priced town parking garage across the street from the Visitors Center.

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Helpful staff who were prepared to share their knowledge. Great selection of gifts and information displays. Great clean toilets open to the public.

Thank PHE22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting displays within the visitor center. Clean bathrooms and super friendly staff. There's a small kids area with knot tying station, huge checker boards and a rack with "old timey" hats. It's along the redline so it's worth the quick trip in.

Thank EFW2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Indeed, I received information and maps at the Visitor's Center. The reason I am only rating this average is because the person I spoke to seemed to have very little interest in explaining what to see or do. I realize it could get tiresome explaining...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told right off the bat that the best place to go in Salem was the visitor center and maritime museum. The museum itself has very little information. It's more like a way to fill the space in a large place. However, the location...More

Thank Song4Ten
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visitor center was large but mostly a gift shop. Not much for information. You were required to talk with someone for info. Few displays or pamphlets. Have to pay for parking.

Thank Kms2038
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not just a visitor center but a mini museum with some interactive displays. You will find a brief history of Salem as well as information on all the various sites in the city. If you visit here first, it will be easier to plan what...More

Thank BostonJandP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some good things in the visitors center. The replica of a cross section of a ship from that time period made me realize how arduous it was to transport people and cargo by sail. Good historical documentary film. FREE Maps to plan your best self-guided...More

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Open 9AM-5PM every day except closed on Thanksgiving, December 25th, and January 1st