The city of Salem, Massachusetts, is known as the place in which the infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials occurred. Many tourists, who desire an in-depth look at all of the places that are relevant to the witchcraft trials, visit the coastal city each year.
To help these tourists, I have listed five attractions that are relevant to the 17th century trials.
Salem Witch Museum
Address: 19 ½ N Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
This museum may actually be one of the best in the entire state. On every tour of the museum, tourists can watch a great, detailed presentation on the history of the trials and how witchcraft is still relevant in today’s world. The museum is conveniently located near the town’s commons and the Hawthorne Hotel.
Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Address: Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
Another witch-related tourist attraction is the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. This memorial is in honor of the 19 victims of the trials. It only takes a few minutes to see the entirety of the memorial, but it is worth seeing for how it is dedicated to the victims. There is a bench per victim at the memorial, with their name and date of execution. I recommend going to the memorial on a sunny day.
Witch Dungeon Museum
Address: 16 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970
The Witch Dungeon Museum is another great witch-related tourist attraction to visit. It offers a live re-enactment of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials along with a tour of a dungeon. The museum opens each year in April and closes its doors in November. One impressive aspect of this museum is how deeply it gears towards teaching the history of the witchcraft trials to students. Moreover, the museum has suggested curriculum for students who are in their elementary, middle, and high school years.
The Witch House
Address: 310 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
If one desires going to a witch-related historical site in town, The Witch House is the recommended place to go. I recommend this tourist attraction because it has a history that actually goes back to the witch trials. Visitors may experience the hour through a guided tour or a self-guided tour. Additional information on the two tours can be found on the tourist attraction’s website.
Address: 186 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
For those who enjoy being frightened, the best witch-related attraction is the Witch Mansion. This museum is allegedly haunted, but is full of fun and only the most brave tourists venture to this tourist attraction. Group discounts are available, and the mansion is conveniently located across from the Peabody Essex Museum.
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