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Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

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2,503 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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Fun and educational tour
Gabi_T, Jul 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Very knowledgable and fun tour guide. Interesting facts learned about the history of the area and the witch trials.
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Good tour
TAMEKA_W, Jul 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Interesting tour. The guide, Stanley, was informative. I learned some things that I didn’t know. The city is unique and beautiful!
star-4
Informative
Alesia_M, Jul 2021
Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour
It was fun to follow along and hear the history. Had a hard time finding which direction to go at first. All in all a good experience!
star-5
Great historical tour
Kristi_Y, Jul 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Our guide (James) was knowledgeable, upbeat, and gave great details about the tradgey of 1692. The trials were explained in a historical, matter of fact way, while still being entertaining! Would definitely recommend.
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Salem Witch Trail Walk
Joseph_D, Jul 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Very informative. Found our tour guide very knowledgeable, friendly and often asked the group if anyone had questions. Would highly recommend this.
star-5
Giovanni our tour guide was great !
David_G, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Giovanni our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. It was very interesting and well worth the fee paid. We had my father with us who uses a walker .. Giovanni was very patient and kind waiting for him to catch up to the group. It is a lot of walking .. but he did great. I would highly recommend.
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Loved the tour
Kimberly_C, Jun 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Guide was knowledgeable and easy to hear - helpful We had forgotten how to get back to our motel and our phones were dead.
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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.
star-5
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

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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