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Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

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2,369 Reviews
Free admission
Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts

The Basics

Enter the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, a small park, through the stone threshold where the accuseds’ statements of innocence are inscribed. Then feel the palatable history as you rest on one of the 20 granite benches, each inscribed with the victim’s name and date of execution. Designed by Maggie Smith and James Cutler, the memorial is based on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

Salem is chockablock with witchery reminders, and guided tours often combine the Salem Witch Trial Memorial with visits to the 1637 Burial Point, downtown Salem, and the Salem Witch Village. Many visitors come as a day trip from Boston, only 30 minutes away, and spend time exploring the town of Salem, which is compact and very walkable.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salem

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Great and very educational
Joel_S, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Great tour, learned a lot I didn’t know. My teenage daughter found it fascinating. It changed my perspective on the witch trails.
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Great Tour Guide
Jimmi_A, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
I thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide, she kept things lively when there wasn't physically much at all to see. This tour doesn't take you inside any attractions.
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Witch trials come alive
Diana_T, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
The tour guide was excellent. He clearly knew his topic well & was able to answer everyone's questions. The length of the tour was good & everyone was able to keep up. He explained not just the witch yrials but why they happened on the first place. The main characters weren't just names but were portrayed as real people.
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Definitely would recommend
Teresa_D, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Our guide James was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I really learned a lot about the witch trials that I wasn’t aware of before. What a disturbing time in our countries history
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Surreal
DeLoise_J, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Let the truth be told!! Hoocus Poocus. The walk is beautiful and the people are soo pleasant. Historical
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Very informative
Clara_C, May 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable of the history and was able to incorporate the group and humor into the tour which kept us on our toes! We very much recommend!
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Very interesting
Silverstar, May 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
The history of how people treated others. Just because of kids wanting attention. When people now here witch or if you wear pentagram your evil or call you follow devil. I've been in wicca since 70s And I always came across people like that. I always ignored them. But now doesn't bother me.
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Very informative on the Historical aspects
Rebecka_J, Apr 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Robert was very knowledgable about all of the witch trials and history of Salem. Very interesting. Only about a 1/2 mile walk in total and you get to pass by souvenir shops and restaurants along the mild walk, to figure out what you want to visit later.
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A great experience.
Thomas_N, Apr 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
The guide we had was wonderful. The company was terrific about moving our day in time because of horrible weather. They were totally a pleasure to deal with.
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Awesome
James_H, Mar 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Loved the enthusiasm that the tour guide showed. If you have time this is a must see tour.it is well worth it.
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Rainy Tour in Salem
Tyger_N, Oct 2020
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Even though it was rainy and cold, we still managed to have a good time and get a lot of Salem history
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Witch Trials Walking Tour
Krista, Oct 2020
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
The passion of out guide was beyond what I could imagine. He took pride in what he did and ensured you got the entire story. Gave great resources for additional research and gave the tour tons of personality.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is a must for anyone into witchy, spooky history.

  • The memorial does not offer any services but is close to facilities at the Salem Witch Village and the Salem Wax Museum.

  • The Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial, distinct from the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away in Danvers, Massachusetts.

  • The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is on Liberty Street between Charter and Derby streets. Many of the town’s historic sites, hotels, and restaurants are within a few blocks. Parking is available for a fee on public streets and in the town’s many parking lots. Direct train service from Boston to Salem is available daily on the Newburyport/Rockport line from North Station.

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When to Get There

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is open year-round, and is outside so best to visit when the weather is pleasant. Many nearby attractions have limited (if any) hours in winter, which means fewer lines but cold toes. The town hosts events all year, including events for the new and full moons. October, the season of the witch, brings Halloween, the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, and many other events in tune with the season.

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The Witch Trials, Then and Now

The Salem Witch Trials, held in 1692, began with the hanging of Bridget Bishop at Proctor’s Ledge near Gallows Hill, also in Salem. John Hathorne, the judge of the Salem Witch Trials, died in 1717 and is buried at the Old Burying Point Cemetery next door to the memorial. The witch trials’ tercentenary, celebrated in 1992, featured a dedication speech by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.

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