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Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

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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So so
Martha_R, Nov 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Guide was good, kept u interested ... Historically informative. Gift shop kind of bla.. n small not much variety
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Insightful witch tour
Nicole_A, Nov 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Great tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Salem witch trials. The tour itself doesn’t really have too many stops at the historical houses but well worth it for the information about the history.
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Even in the rain our...
Carson_M, Nov 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Even in the rain our experience was wonderful and exciting. Lots of details, lots of stories, it was so enjoyable. Thank you!
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Great Experience
Lexi_Y, Nov 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Our tour guide was hilarious and an absolute joy to be around. John was amazing. My husband and I very much enjoyed all the history we learned and how it was told.
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Great tour for Halloween!
Delaney_J, Nov 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Bob, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I learned a lot on this tour. Would recommend doing this earlier in the day before you walk around a lot because this tour is a lot of standing/walking!
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James aka Jeff was very...
Alicia_Y, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
James aka Jeff was very informative! We enjoyed our guided tour through the city, while learning the history of the town .
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Such a good tour- very...
Kelly_C, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Such a good tour- very informative and kept our attention. Definately better than most tours we did. Enjoyed
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History at its best!!
Karen_R, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
What a great tour guide!! She was very knowledgeable and made it fun and so enjoyable! Included the crowd in her presentations. I really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend!!
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Excellent tour
Amanda_I, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Very informative and fun! Would definitely go again! Our guide shared a lot of history and added a touch of personal experience!
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Exciting and informative tour
Estefan_T, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
Great and energetic tour! Got some good history, had fun, laughed with the tour guide. Awesome experience and would totally do it again! James is a great guide and if you get him it'll be a good time!
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Two thumbs up!
Clare_B, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
We had a great time on our walking tour. Stosh was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would definitely recommend. Thanks for a great tour!
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Fantastic!!
James_A, Oct 2021
Salem Witch Trials Historical Walking Tour
This tour was really great. The woman leading the tour was extremely knowledgeable and did an amazing job of keeping everyone engaged by making us part of the story. This tour was the most fun of all the tours we took while in Salem.

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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Trip ideas

A Spooky City Guide to Salem

A Spooky City Guide to Salem


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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