Follow the history of witches, witchcraft and witch hunts through the ages. Our main presentation is an overview of the events of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Witches - Evolving Perceptions is a provocative exhibit which presents the ancient pagan wise woman, the stereotypical witch, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts.
Do you believe in witches? Don't answer until you visit us.
The museum is on route 1A - diagonally across from the Common in downtown Salem - Map and Directions are here.
Open year round.10 am - 5 pm daily;10 am to 7 pm in July and August.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Closes at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
In January of 2017, we will close for the month for repairs and renovations.
Please call before coming to visit us should maintenance take longer than anticipated.
Museum Place Garage - 978.745.8120 (across from Visitors Center).
South Harbor Garage - 978-741.2880 (across from Pickering Wharf)
MBTA Garage, 252 Bridge St., Salem, MA
Length of Stay
Please allow about an hour and fifteen minutes for the visit.
The museum presentation is available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin & Cantonese with advanced notice.
Ten paying people are required to qualify for group rates. 20+ people in group includes a comp for the driver and tour director. We admit one complimentary chaperone for every 10 students (6 - 18 years). Reservations are highly recommended and required for group operators. Call early to book.
Reservations: Required - Call early to book desired time especially for fall foliage.
Payment: Payment by company check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or cash due at time of visit. For companies who send a minimum of 20 tours a year an admission charge account can be established.
Comp: 20+ in group includes comp for driver and tour director.
Parking: Designated Motorcoach drop zones are available across the street from the museum, and several designated 1 hour parking spots are across the Salem Common on Washington Square South. The City of Salem ordinance requires coach engines be turned off when parked anywhere in the city. Coach map and regulations available by request.
Other: Groups must arrive at the museum 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time and should allow a total of 1 1/4 hour for the visit.
Salem Witch Museum Chaperone Check List
Our Museum offers two exhibits. The main presentation consists of an audio visual history of the Salem Witch Trials, which takes place in a dark room and may be frightening for younger students.
Our second exhibit is a guided tour which looks at the evolution of the word witch and examines incidents of witch hunting. Please inform the staff prior to Museum entry if you do not have time for this exhibit or would prefer not to include it as part of your museum visit.
Please use the following checklist to maximize the enjoyment of your visit with us.
- You will be given admission stickers to distribute among the students.
- Make sure you have chaperones attend to students (One chaperone for every ten students.)
- Turn off or mute cell phones and put away camera or video equipment.
- Dispose of gum and trash and put away any food items.
- If you have any students requiring special accommodation, please bring it to a museum staff member's attention.
- Have group members give attention to the museum staff upon entering for further instructions.
- We do not encourage entering the gift shop prior to your Museum experience as during peak visitation we may be at capacity and wish to ensure your group's safety.
- Should any students need to use the restrooms prior to Museum entry, please see a staff person and provide a chaperone to escort students to the restrooms.
- Our admission area has a variety of information panels, a case of replica clothing and a 17th century clothing video. If time permits we will admit the students in groups of ten with their chaperones to read the panels. Please note that we will have panels available on our website should your group not have the opportunity to read them.
In Museum Presentation
- Students are asked to sit around the circle and quietly wait for staff instructions.
- Students will be joining people who are not a part of their groups, so we ask for their consideration.
- Group members should make a note of thier sticker color as we sometimes split the group in preparation for their tour of Witches Evolving Perceptions.
- At the conclusion of the presentation a staff member will remind the group which way to exit.
- As your group leaves the auditorium we ask that chaperones survey the room and ensure that students have collected all of their belongings.
Guided tour of Witches: Evolving Perceptions
- Your students will be escorted into a small exhibit area. If your group is large we may take them into the exhibit in two halves. As one tours the other will wait in the gift shop and have an opportunity to use the restrooms. While in this exhibit we ask:
- For students to be respectful of their guide and the visitors joining them and enter the exhibit quietly.
- Please do not touch the set or figures contained within.
- We welcome questions from your group and our staff will be happy to answer at the conclusion of the tour.
Visiting the Gift Shop
- Your students will be moving through the gift shop at some point during their visit with us. In some instances they may be asked to wait for their tour and will need to listen for an announcement guiding them to a staging area.
- Please be aware that the gift shop is under surveillance.
- While in the shop we ask that the group keep their voices down.
- When making purchases all items are placed in a Salem Witch Museum bag with a receipt. Until the group leaves the Museum and Museum Shop they must keep their items in the package and be able to produce their receipt if asked.
- After purchases are made: if students have not seen the second exhibit, they may line up for the tour. Our staff will give you directions on where the students can wait.
- If your group has visited the second exhibit, please have (a) chaperone(s) on the front walkway so the students can leave the store and wait outside. This step ensures that Museum exits are not blocked and that your group will be safe. The safety of your students while at the Museum is of utmost importance to us.
Thank you for your help in making the most out of your visit with us.
For Further Information
Please email Merry Ward,
Director of Sales,
Haunted Happenings Parking Information For Groups
Motor Coach and Bus Parking Options
Drop Zones – 10 Minute Limit
270 Washington Square West (near the Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Common)
Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street
Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street (note: Liberty Street is closed on weekends), one-way access via Essex Street to New Liberty Street
Listed with its closest address
26 Congress Street near Pickering Wharf
288 Derby Street (near the Salem Wax Museum)
310 Essex Street (near the Witch House)
16 Lynde Street (near the Witch Dungeon Museum, Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre)
Washington Square South by the Hawthorne Hotel
Long Term and Overflow Parking
The vicinity of 50 Fort Avenue, past the end of Derby Street. Coaches can park along Fort Avenue as long as needed.
Salem Willows Park, 167 Fort Avenue, Salem
Shetland Properties, 29 Congress Street, Salem. $30 per coach, parking by reservation and advance payment only. Contact Katie Davis at 978-740-4416 to make a reservation.
Salem Willows and Fort Avenue function as “Cell Phone Lots.” Parking in these areas is currently free of charge for buses. Please allow 10 – 15 minutes to return to the downtown drop / pick-up zones from these parking areas.