The Top 10 Things to Do in Salem! (repost from BuzzFeed)
Updated: Apr 16, 2018
First this is a copy of an article from Buzzfeed posted on August 7th, 2017
Top 10 Things To Do in Salem…
10. The Salem Wax Museum
This incredible wax museum gets two of the main things which epitomizes Salem, and places them in a remarkable spotlight… witches and sailors! If you’re in Salem and want to discover distinct facts or just generally brush up on your history of the region, then this is a terrific way to go about it. Not only will you enhance your knowledge on witches and sailors, you’ll also gain a valuable insight into a large array of the area’s former times in a fun and visual way, via the impeccable wax figurines and informative plaques on the walls.
9. The Peabody Essex Museum
Are you passionate about discovering some of the excellent art and culture produced around the world? If so, one of the region’s largest art museums could be the destination for you! You’ll be able to explore the museum’s multitude of collections and ever-changing exhibitions, stretching from modern pieces of art to detailed exhibits on the cruel story of The Titanic. The Peabody Essex museum also features Yin Yu Tang, the only example of Chinese vernacular architecture currently displayed in the United States!
8. The House of the Seven Gables
Built over 300 years ago in 1668 on Salem Harbor, this National Historic Landmark is steeped in American history. Globally recognized as being the setting for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s world renowned 1851 novel, you’ll learn of the author’s legacy, as well as Salem’s vast maritime history, the legendary secret staircase and the various occupants of the wooden mansion throughout the years. Or, alternatively, you could explore the beautiful grounds the mansion is situated on, and embrace the superb views on offer.
7. Salem Pioneer Village
Established in 1930, the Pioneer Village gives a tremendous understanding of what life was like in 1630 New England, before the infamous era of the witches took over. This engaging and amazing fishing village was one of the first living history museums to exist within America, and that really does shine through as soon as you enter the traditional grounds. Now, if you want to gain a valuable insight into the struggles of the very first settlers in the area, and how things have developed to where America is right now, then Salem Pioneer Village may be the perfect stop on a sight-seeing tour for you!
6. The Old Burying Point
Located next to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, The Old Burying Point occupies some of the most distinctive figures in Salem history. Amazingly, the 300 year old stones are still readable, and some notable people are buried here, including the judge of the Salem witch trials, Jonathan Corwin, as well as some other prominent individuals, such as Mayflower Pilgrim, Richard More and Captain William Hathorne. This location is free to enter, and will allow you to take a peaceful stroll through the grounds, soaking in all of the history.
5. The Witch House
Also known as The Jonathan Corwin House, the judge of the Salem witch trials; The Witch House is the sole remaining structure that has robust ties to the witch trials of 1692. This beautifully preserved house from the 1600’s is full of time-period furniture and clothing, and you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge regarding the history of Salem, as well as the history of the house itself. Located near the waterfront in a stunning area, The Witch House is a super way to further your awareness of what happened back in the 1600’s and have a great day out!
4. The Salem Witch Trials Memorial
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial is, as you can guess, centered on the time of the witches! So, if you’re deeply intrigued by the Salem witch trials or anything relating to the history of the witches in Salem, this is most certainly worth a visit. Within the memorial, 20 granite benches are positioned on a low stone wall to represent each person executed in the notorious witch trials of 1692, and each plaque does a remarkable job of portraying exactly how the accused were made to feel. Each bench is inscribed with the name of the persecuted, alongside the method and date of execution.
3. The Nightmare Gallery Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery is a great stop for those who absolutely love horror and movies genres of an eclectic nature. This fantasy museum is devoted to actors, directors and special effects sorcerers of the past, as well as the present, and over 60 life-sized representations of the horror genres most notable icons are located within the gallery. Although this Nightmare Gallery is a wonderful attractive all year round; throughout October, the life-like monsters come to life, making Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery the scariest exhibition within Salem!
2. The Salem Haunted Magic Show
Second on the list is the Salem Haunted Magic Show, which allows you to experience the adrenaline-pumping moments of a traditional haunted house, but in an engaging, theatrical environment. If you’re in Salem and have a spare 75 minutes, the Salem Haunted Magic Show is a thrilling, pulsating experience consisting of terrifying stunts, ghostly illusions and crazy demonstrations that will only leave you wanting more! Additionally, if you’re feeling bizarrely brave, the audience participation feature will enable you to get involved and face your fears.
1. The Salem Witch Museum
Their mantra is, “Twenty innocent people were put to death during the witch hysteria of 1692. History made them famous…we make them real”, and they do exactly that. Through the use of sets and specifically chosen lighting, the scenes of 1692 are portrayed in such a heart-grabbing way that you’ll be able to sense the pain and suffering the persecuted witches felt during that horrific time in history. This is one of the best attractions in Salem, mainly because it is enjoyable, informative and ultimately an unforgettable experience. If you’re in the region, be sure not to miss out the Salem Witch Museum!