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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Great place to learn about Salem's Sea Heritage

Even though the ship is being repaired, the outside displays are a great place to learn about... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Claremont, New Hampshire
Visitor Center Exhibit

The Visitor Center at 2 New LibertySt has movies and an exhibit of ships from 1600s. Important... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Dallas, Texas
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Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage.
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  • Average14%
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193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-5637
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though the ship is being repaired, the outside displays are a great place to learn about Salem's sea heritage.

Thank dnumme
Reviewed 14 July 2017

The Visitor Center at 2 New LibertySt has movies and an exhibit of ships from 1600s. Important since none are currently in dock. Also, the junior ranger program is good and we found the staffed rangers very patient and helpful

Thank jbwhitehouse
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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The entry is free, staff is knowledgeable. the building is not air-conditioned. Original and complete set of measuring instruments.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 14 June 2017

I love that the NPS staff here gets excited about their assignments, it makes it so interesting to take their tours. Traveling with my college-aged daughter, I wanted to show her Salem. I've been several times and always learn something new. I had hoped to...More

2  Thank travelincalifmom
Reviewed 26 May 2017

A great example of Federal Architectural style. Has some cool old original furniture and items used by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Glad we went.

Thank wallersga
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I took 2 guided tours. One of the guides was a park volunteer and the other was a park ranger. They were both excellent giving so much information I was the only person on the tours but both guides made me feel like they thought...More

2  Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting little area! I wish the ship was there, but I'll definitely have to go back to see it when the ship is there! There was a good deal of information on the walk to the light house via plaques. I learned a lot...More

Thank Shopaholic_x0
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Salem Maritime NHS is located along the waterfront and chronicles the life of a major seaport from 200 years ago. Walk out to the lighthouse on the end of a long pier. Great view of the bay area from here. The park service controls...More

1  Thank stormkrow8
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Even though the ship, Friendship, is having hull repairs, is not in port, it is the place to start your touring of Salem's waterfront. The tour of the Customs House is great and easy to access. Remember to call in and reserve your spots, they...More

1  Thank pinkladysupport
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I went on a crisp clear autumnal day recently, and was disappointed. The ship was away for repairs, so that left a walk out to the lighthouse, some information plaques and a gift shop. To be fair, the gift shop does stock some lovely items,...More

Thank LighterFlash
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29 July 2017|
Response from travelincalifmom | Reviewed this property |
The tour took about 1.5 hours. There was no fee, just needed to make a reservation at the NPS Visitor Center near the Peabody Essex Museum (next to the tall parking structure).
19 July 2017|
Response from travelincalifmom | Reviewed this property |
There are some special tours from time to time, such as the Narbonne House. The Custom House is open certain hours and is more of a self-guided place with rangers available to answer questions. I'd allow about 30-40 minutes... More
Sue H
1 April 2015|
Response from Jonathan P | Property representative |
Possibly. Please email our Park Historian, Emily_Murphy@nps.gov.