You can take as much time, or as little time as you like. The female park ranger was wonderful with our children. She focused her talk so they would relate to the events if the past.
About The Custom House
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Even though our visit was short, it was a fascinating visit. I enjoyed learning about an early form of taxation in our country's history.
The house is located right across from Pickering Wharf. Ships would unload their goods at the storehouses at the wharf and then go over to the Custom House to pay their taxes. The building is immense and beautifully restored on the outside. We did not...More
We lucked out that there was a Park Ranger talking right as we walked in and he gave a wonderful explanation of the building, what it was used for, and different uses. He included some information about Nathaniel Hawthorne, probably the most famous employee of...More
All of 5 minutes although ranger said he could have talked for 60 minutes. Depends on how detailed you want to get on this one but not a must see
Maritime history is rich in Salem and each time we visit we learn more. The customs house tour is free, given by our National Parks Service. The best thing you can do is read some of its history online and then bring your questions. The...More
Gives you a good insight in to the history of Salem from when it was the main port on the eastern seaboard. Full of original maritime artefacts. Worth a visit.
went in as part of a tour , the group was large and they could only let 25 inside at a time, it ios 3 small rooms, and nothing particularly remarkable about the customs house, they told of the period artifacts and décor, but as...More
Very good tour guide gave us an interesting overview of life of the sailors and traders. No fee and short tours but good.
We just happened upon this place as we were walking down the roads in Salem. It was very quaint and full of history and wonderful artifacts. It is smaller on the inside, couldn't go upstairs, so it can get crowded pretty quickly, but you definitely...More