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The Custom House

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Address: 178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
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This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime...

This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour only.

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Amazing tour

Got a great FREE tour by booking at the visitor center. Really knowledgeable and friendly tour guide from the Parks Department.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got a great FREE tour by booking at the visitor center. Really knowledgeable and friendly tour guide from the Parks Department.

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Solihull
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Visited Salem on a wet day in October and decided to visit the Custom House. Brilliant engagement from guide - very informative. View out the front door to the sea is amazing and to imagine how things used to be is really interesting. They bring it all to life really well.

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New Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The House is huge but you only get to see the lower 3 rooms due to renovations. Our guide was wonderful and full of information

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Suffield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stately offices of the old Custom House face the sea and evoke thoughts of what it must have been like to have to pass through here documenting cargo from afar. The office rooms have loads of artifacts in them and there is a lot of written and pictorial information about the functioning of the place. Free and enlightening!

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

So interesting to see what the old clipper ships carried in their holds and delivered to Salem to merchants for resale. Love learning history this way! We were fortunate that it was open as we came by and we stopped in for a quick history lesson. Parks Dept. employees were very helpful and knowledgeable. Recommend visiting here!

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This was really cool to see. Unfortunately they were doing some restorations and we couldn't go upstairs but the guide there was super nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A must see! So much amazing artifacts inside and lots of info. A wonderful building and its right near the water.

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Fun and free. Worth checking out, and reading the history and seeing the antiquated machinery used for merchants purchasing goods. There are some stairs, so keep that in mind upon visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is part of the National Park Service's preservation of the historic Salem wharf and surrounding structures, and presents to its viewers a FREE glimpse into the past of what it would have been like to enter a custom house upon arriving with goods. There are National Park Staff members on site to engage with and answer any questions you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Built in 1819, this Custom House is the last of 13 Custom Houses started in 1649 in Salem to collect and regulate cargo of ships landing in Salem. It is a free exhibit and part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. There is a park ranger there when open to explain things. There are exhibits of the custom house... More 

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