Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Were the Salem witch trials caused by moldy bread? Was anyone burned at the stake? What is a witch cake? Get answers to these questions and more, and immerse yourself in a key piece of American history at the Salem Witch Museum. Life-size stage sets, actors, and narrators recreate the drama of that dark time, while the Witches: Evolving Perceptions exhibit explores the evolution of the witch and the phenomenon of witch-hunting. Same-day tickets are available online; plan ahead for heavy traffic and limited parking during peak seasons in the summer and fall to avoid missing your time slot. – Tripadvisor
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  • Lori Y
    3 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh
    Make sure you buy tickets online before going. They are time stamped and are not sold at the venue. This is how it works...you get a card with a colored sticker on it after you check in. Then you wait in line with about 70 people. You get herded into a large room and sit on a stool or a bench. Above eye level going around the room are mannequins in different scenes. They light up one by one and a recording is played explaining each. Then, 1/2 the group goes to the next section, the other 1/2 waits on the gift shop for their turn. The next section you stand in a big group and there are a couple of mannequins in scenes and the recording is about witch hunting past to present. Then you exit to the gift shop. Seriously, thats it. If thats your thing for $17 youll have a blast. If you are expecting exhibits, artifacts etc then youll be incredibly disappointed. Staff was nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • njoireading247
    Johns Creek, Georgia367 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Witches
    Easy way to learn about the Salem Witch Trials but it was a bit cheezy! If it hadn't been raining we probably would not have done the tour and instead looked things up on our phone. You do need to buy the tickets on line ahead of time as it does fill up.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • fitzfam51
    Latham, New York131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheesy but Iconic
    I found it difficult to review this attraction for several reasons. For example, I agree with other reviews that it is outdated and a bit cheesy with dummies, manikins, and overly dramatic voice-overs. It's also overpriced at $17.50 per adult for a 30 minute experience. Everyone enters a large room for a description of the witch trials with dioramas and voice-overs, then the group splits in half for a second room about the history of witchcraft in the western world. Of course, there's also the obligatory visit to the gift shop. That being said, the story of the witch trials is historically accurate, and the museum itself is an iconic stop for tourists. In fact, we first came here 40 years ago when our now adult children were still little.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Pam J
    Havelock, North Carolina58 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Waste Your Money
    Complete waste of time for the money! They brought us into a huge room with seats In middle and around the room. E were seated against the wall and could not see the displays over our heads anna behind us!!! Such a complete rip off!! The second part was less interesting! I wish I had read the reviews before spending any money!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Kayenne
    London, United Kingdom224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable visit
    We really enjoyed out visit! It's a well organised museum, and provided useful history on the events that took place in Salem. We would have liked more time in the last room where there is some interesting information about 'witch hunts' through the ages. We could not book on-line, but that was not a problem; the staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Joanne F
    12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wilting Witch Museum
    A fantastic range of products is available in the gift shop which can be accessed without being processed through the tired and dated Witch Museum. So much potential is here for something truly engaging, informative as well as provocative to the imagination, but instead it falls flat with aging dioramas, soundtrack and blocks of written details. The Boston Tea Party experience is the excellent standard I would hold up to the Witch Museum with the encouragement to use those tourist dollars being raked in for good instead of…. blah.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Ccopelli
    3 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth it
    The first stop is a “show” with extremely old falling apart mannequins while an overhead voice tells the history of the witch trials. Then you either go to the gift shop or the second “exhibit” which is witch craft through the ages which is a timeline on the wall and 3 more mannequins. Not worth the cost in my opinion!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Meg F
    Westford, Massachusetts15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Set Your Expectations Low
    Listen, the other poor reviews for this place are not wrong. Having read them though, I felt like I knew what I was in for and went anyway. Is it worth the $18 or whatever they’re charging for it? Probably not. I got a discount through my public library and even with a few bucks off, it felt a bit steep for what you get. They really seem to use the word “museum” loosely in this town. That said, this was truly unlike anything I have ever seen elsewhere, and memorable. I mean, it’s straight out of the early 70s with apparently no updating. So it’s got a certain level of appealing kitsch to it. It’s probably worth going one time if you’re looking to get the whole Salem witch experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,123 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Keep walking past it…
    $17.50 for a ghoulish, less technically advanced carousel of progress. It smelled musty. It’s basically mannequins in different segments of the room lighting up and having an audio story told. If you sit on one of the sides you can’t see half the presentation, although it’s so bad, it doesn’t matter. My guide later that night said their details weren’t updates in a long time, so they have misinformation. The second half was also a janky museum room with audio presentations. I just left two minutes into it. Really needs improvement. Would tell people to skip. Should have read the reviews.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Stevomars
    Calgary, Canada743 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Witches or Not
    Of all the choices in Salem we made this one not sure what to expect. We learned a little history that separated fact from fancy. The presentation was informative but is probably the same one used since 1950s. It was pretty much lights and no action. It was a unique time in history and I never realized similar events in Europe were taking place roughly the same time. Interesting how Hollywood remakes “witches” over time and how our ideas change. Not worth the $17.50 IMHO but it is brief and somewhat informative. It is time for a major overhaul though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
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AMCWEMWFMW
Birmingham, AL66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I’m a little surprised this only has 3 stars, we thought it was entertaining. I’d give it a 3.5. It’s expensive for what it is, but that seems to be the theme in tourist towns. The show could use some updating, but it was cool in the room and we got to rest our feet while getting an overview of the witch hysteria. I didn’t realize it wasn’t a museum that you walk through at your own pace, it’s a recorded story highlighting the timeline of what happened and the people that got swept up in it.
Written 15 June 2024
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IanofMelton
23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The first part was a presentation of the history of the witch trials, illustrated by a series of tableaux that were illuminated sequentially. That was quite informative, but the experience went South from there...we were split into two groups for the second part, and while one went on to the next "presentation," our group went through a different door for an "intermission". That door led to the gift shop, which was rammed with our group and a previous one. After about 10 minutes we swapped places with the first group and were subjected to a presentation of the history of witchcraft, again illustrated by rather childish tableaux and this time featuring character voices with comical attempts at regional accents. After that, we were ejected to the gift shop once more.

Two low-budget 10-minute "presentations" and an enforced visit to a gift shop. Not really a museum, more of a cheap attraction, except it isn't exactly cheap.

We were told at the start that the museum's purpose is to honour the innocent victims of the witch trials. However, I found a certain irony in the fact that the shop was stocked almost exclusively with cheap tat glorifying witchcraft.

The place seems to be operated on the basis of getting as many people through the doors and into the shop to spend more money. Take a tip from me, and save yours.
Written 11 June 2024
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Rosemarie
Citrus Heights, CA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very disappointing. It was very childish and out dated, it was a joke. We paid $17.50 to be seated in a room, that went around shining a light on old mannequins that briefly (20 minutes) told a confusing story, then we were rushed to another room (15 minutes) told strange witch stories, they rushed us out for the next group into an expensive gift shop. We were not satisfied at all, This was not a museum or fun to me. I recommend you spend your Money on something better.
Written 1 June 2024
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Katrina A
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The tour guide was okay, but looses something with the dated recordings and mannequins. There was a urine smell in the one room as we came into the house portion.
Written 28 May 2024
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Crooked B
Stamford, CT7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Please don’t waste your money. Read prior reviews from others about the 1970s wax museum voiceovers. Very old displays. Expensive for what it is. Extremely disappointed. Highly DO NOT recommend.
Written 27 May 2024
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Russ H
Daytona Beach, FL152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is more of an attraction than a museum. There is a nice recounting of the witch trials from start to finish in a theater style room with viewers changing positions to see displays while listening to the recorded tale. The museum is a rush through again with recorded scripts as you walk around the room. Not a horrible experience just context to consider. I learned more about the witch trials while there and the staff was super friendly!
Written 27 May 2024
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Gormo75
Adelaide, Australia140 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was not what I expected at all. We were ushered in to the first display which was a weird diorama of wax figures randomly illuminated with a voiceover. It was really lame. After this 15 minute presentation we were ushered through to the next display which was half narrated by a guide and half narrated by voiceovers. It was mind numbing and people became quite disengaged quickly. At the end of this we expected a bit of time to be able to look around but were promptly ushered straight out via the gift store. A very confusing and underwhelming experience!
Written 24 May 2024
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GDL4152
Leicestershire, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The fifteen minute presentation is like something from a poor 1960’s horror. An atmospheric voiceover followed by a series of tableaux illuminated one by one gave the history of the witch trials. The mannequins remained static, nothing animated or interactive. I can’t comment on the talk given by the guide afterwards as I was a bit bored by then to be honest. The self guided part of the museum is very small and didn’t really add anything.
Written 16 May 2024
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hallerlin3
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This "museum" was terrible. It was ancient wax figures in tableaus around the room that were lit up one by one. It was very uncomfortable to sit on the stool. We didn't learn anything new about the history of Salem Witch Trials.
In the second room, there were a few tableaus behind glass, then an entire wall of plaques of various "witch trials" of history, which we were not allowed time to explore. After the voice-over said "Are there any current Witch Trials now?", the tour guide immediately said ok the tour is over. There was no time for discussion, or to go back to look at the historical plaques.
Terrible experience, would not recommend. Needs to be brought up to date.
Written 12 May 2024
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Bruce W
Fort Lauderdale, FL95 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This place isn’t worth the time and cost. While the info was informative you can get the sane info elsewhere and skip the cheaply done “Disneyland” styled presentation.
Written 11 May 2024
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