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National Park Service Visitor Center

2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
+1 978-740-1650
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So informative, can answer any question, movies to see, cheap! They have volunteers walking around... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oconomowoc, Wi
Best info center and it's free !

Forget paying for a guide and all that, use this public service. (Well you paid for it with your... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center is an ideal place to begin your visit to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area. National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers will welcome you to the city and to the Heritage Area, and help you plan your visit.
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2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 3 days ago

So informative, can answer any question, movies to see, cheap! They have volunteers walking around to help, they gladly take pics and explain the displays. Very nice.

1  Thank Redvette69
Reviewed 1 week ago

Forget paying for a guide and all that, use this public service. (Well you paid for it with your taxes so kinda free.) Rebuilt from the Old Salem Armory and well done. It is its own historic site and worth a visit for that alone....More

1  Thank Maui-Honu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This center was clearly built and funded for the maritime history of the region. Although the center tries to capitalize on the "Witch City" label, staff won't be able to give you much advice in that department, demurring because most of the the witch trial...More

Thank Lori Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are new to the many pleasures of visiting Salem, MA--this is a fine venue to begin your adventures. The National Park Service employees will answer all your questions and give directions to recommended sites. The introductory film to the history of Essex County...More

Thank SCBNorway_Maine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a terrific place to learn some history of the area. I watched the movie offered at 11am regarding the actual history of the witch trials. ($5) The movie was very educational and in my opinion, very sad at the same time. The center...More

1  Thank Osandy
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I popped in looking to purchase a bottle of water (they don't sell it) and ended up doing some historical Christmas shopping. Great staff, good displays, and best of all it's free! Books on local history are also available for purchase.

Thank mererobin
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

The National Park Service does a great job with Visitors centers in general. We were surprised to find one in Salem. Little known fact is that the Salem Maritime National Historic site is the first national historic site in the NPS.

Thank megan0627
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I dropped in here first (after finally finding a free parking spot by the park) and was able to make a few minor souvenir purchases. I also was a little turned around on my directions and the person working really helped me to understand where...More

Thank Becki C
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Visited here before was into NPS Passport Stamps (and this one is easy to get.) Very informative, clean bathrooms (important!) and easy to get to. Good starting point for your vacation in Salem.

Thank gostartraveler
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This very nice Park Service Visitor Center is in the city's former Armory, and there is signage about the units that trained there and where they served. A film about Salem is shown for free. It is a nice overview of the city. There is...More

1  Thank Kathleen H
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Hours of operation
12 October 2016|
Response from Bob F | Reviewed this property |
Open 9AM-5PM every day except closed on Thanksgiving, December 25th, and January 1st