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Salem Witch Musuem

19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1692

She afflicts me! She comes to me at night and torments me! She's a witch!
Words such as these struck terror into the hearts of Salem townspeople in the early spring of 1692 as hysterical young girls called out names.
In January of 1692, the daughter and niece of Reverend Samuel Parris of Salem Village became ill. When they failed to improve, the village doctor, William Griggs, was called in. His diagnosis of bewitchment put into motion the forces that would ultimately result in the death by hanging of nineteen men and women. In addition, one man was crushed to death; seventeen others died in prison, and the lives of many were irrevocably changed.

The Salem Witch Museum brings you there, back to Salem 1692. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration - an overview of the Witch Trials, which consumed Salem, Massachusetts.

In our guided exhibit, "Witches:Evolving Perceptions", our guests come away recognizing that the accused “witches” of 1692 were no different than the Japanese-Americans encamped during World War II and blacklisted Communist of the 1950s. All are challenged to think of Witch-Hunts taking place today.

The museum is open daily year-round with presentations every half hour. We offer extended hours in July, August and October.

Visit our website to see our 51 episode Vlog "Witch Trials Weekly".

For our many international visitors, translations are available in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Cantonese and Mandarin.