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The Custom House

178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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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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178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
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"beautiful building"
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"park ranger"
in 6 reviews
"maritime history"
in 9 reviews
"golden eagle"
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"nathaniel hawthorne"
in 8 reviews
"parks department"
in 2 reviews
"national parks service"
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"visitor center"
in 7 reviews
"nice job"
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"back in the day"
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"short tour"
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"open to the public"
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"salem trip"
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"answer any questions"
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"worth a visit"
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"on display"
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"great history"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't get to go inside but the walk along the water is lovely and be sure to walk out to the lighthouse.

Thank rbwriter
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Not alot to see this trip with restoration going on upstairs but a very informative Park Ranger who made the trip worth it , never knew how much money these places generated back in the day ..

Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

great history of the town and the importance of the customs house, a very well known author came from here, stop in and see who ..

Thank Cindy W
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Take the tour to see this well preserved old building and to hear that Nathaniel Hawthorne worked there and how they say he got the idea to write the scarlet letter.

Thank bobbyur
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The Custom House tour of the lower level was free when we were. here. Author Hawthorne had worked here for a few years. Loved the history and the building.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The doors were open this Halloween weekend of 2017, and it was a treat to see the interior and get a brief history provided by the National Parks representative on site. He did a nice job with a quick history and was available to answer...More

Thank DaveEB310
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

This was a nice place to visit and learn a little history. The view from the second floor out into the harbor was beautiful.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We weren't sure if we should stop in at The Custom House, but I'm glad that we did. Salem has so much more history than just The Salem Witch Trails. Only the first floor of The Custom House is accessible to the public but there...More

Thank LKSG123
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

There is much more to Salem than its association with the with trials and The Custom House is a great representation of that. We were fortunate to visit when two really knowledgeable and enthusiastic Park Rangers were on staff and spent quite a while talking...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Interesting old building filled w/the items so important to the taxing history of a busy maritime port. The guide on hand answered questions and provided insights to how the tax process worked in this once very lively seaport and was a wealth of interesting information...More

Thank AquaBarb
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