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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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Fantastic visitor center with historical exhibits and film rich with local history.

Nice place to stop to stretch our legs from hours of driving! Not into the witchy things, but did... read more

Reviewed yesterday
986madvc
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Good place to start

Technically this a visitor centre for the 'other' historical stuff in Salem, port, boats and ships... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
BluefernFire
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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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2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
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"minute movie"
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Reviewed yesterday

Nice place to stop to stretch our legs from hours of driving! Not into the witchy things, but did enjoy walking around in such an old, historical setting. Beautiful old homes in the area.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Technically this a visitor centre for the 'other' historical stuff in Salem, port, boats and ships etc, but they will help with witchy stuff too. Most importantly they have public toilets that are in a good condition.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Enjoyed the movies they have there for free. Gives you a lot of information about Salem. Free maps were a plus too!!

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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Obviously is you’re visiting Salem, it most likely has to do with the witch trials, and while that’s fair, Salem itself boasts a fantastic maritime history as well, and you can learn about both here before venturing out. Located right in the heart of Salem,...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

So this should have been a good starting point, but apparently in early April they are closed on Mondays (as well as Tuesdays). This makes absolutely no sense to me. Thankfully, there was a park service employee outside the museum who gave us a map...More

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Reviewed January 23, 2018

We were here on the day the 'government was shutdown' but this facility was still open! They have a lovely gift shop and great information about the area. Also water fountains and clean bathrooms!

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

This NPS visitor center was a great first stop in Salem. We got an overview of Salem's maritime history (the reason for the NPS presence) as well as guidance on other sites to see throughout the town. The staff is knowledgable and helpful though they...More

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Reviewed December 5, 2017

Unclear as to their reason to be, but we appreciated their restrooms and the the curt advice of the docent on duty.

Thank Charles A
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

The National Park Service Visitor Center offers free movies about the area and attractions. There are plenty of souvenirs, helpful staff, and public bathrooms.

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Good exhibits, good small children's learning/play area. Informative movies and most helpful staff! Super clean bathrooms too :-)

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