About the Museum
The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History…the Salem witch trials of 1692. Our museum consists of two presentations. The first presentation provides an immersive look into the events of 1692. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem witch-hunt.
Our second exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions, is a tour focusing on the meaning behind the word witch and evolution of the image of the witch over time. This presentation focuses on the European witch trials and the background leading to the Salem witch trials. In addition, this presentation discusses the emergence of the stereotypical witch and the frightening phenomenon of witch-hunting.
The museum is open year-round, every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and in January for several weeks as we close to paint, and prepare the museum for the upcoming season. Presentations are offered every half-hour from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours in July, August and October. Plan to allow at least one hour for your visit.
Because of COVID-19, the City of Salem, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts have enacted mandates to allow Museums to operate. We strictly enforce these mandates to keep our staff, neighbors and visitors to Salem safe. If you are uncomfortable following these mandates, we ask that you delay your visit to when our City and State determine COVID-19 is no longer a threat. While many states have lifted their mask policies we follow our City and State policies.
For our international visitors, we offer our main presentation in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese by request. (Because of COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended the translation offerings).
PLEASE NOTE – The museum presentation depicts tragic history, including a tableau of the Devil, the pressing of Giles Corey and hanging of George Burroughs and may not be suitable for all audiences.