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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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And the gift shop had a nice variety of locally made goods. the clerk in the gift shop was also... read more

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SaintAnna80
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Take the 8 person tour, skip the witch movie

The visitor center for the Salem Maritime National Historic Site covers the period of time when... read more

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

And the gift shop had a nice variety of locally made goods. the clerk in the gift shop was also quite informed about the area, which was great.

Thank SaintAnna80
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The visitor center for the Salem Maritime National Historic Site covers the period of time when Salem was the largest port in the country and per capita the wealthiest in the country. Of course, you can't overlook the Salem witch trials, which didn't actually happen...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Chock full of useful info for your trip and cool crap to buy. I got a JFK bobble-head here! Very clean and modern.

Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is conveniently located in the middle of the action in Salem.When you walk in you are confronted with a barrage of visuals.You have the marvelous displays showing you various historic models,the merchandise for sale and the information desk to one side.Don't forget your...More

Thank Surrfred
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the heart of downtown Salem you will find the all important Visitors' Center. The facility is brimming with pamphlets and information to help you plan your visit, and is well stocked with beautiful, fun, and educational merchandise related to Salem and New England history....More

Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across the visitor's center on our first trip to Salem. It is mostly a gift shop, with a few ship models celebrating Salem's maritime history. I did not view the movies as there was a fee, but now wish I had. They also...More

Thank goingforadrive
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Rangers here were super helpful and rhat is what I needed. Clean restrooms and a small store. Some historical artifacts. But most of all, the ranger was super helpful and knowledgeable and set us off on the right path to see what we were...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It isn't the easiest location to find. It's tucked away and easy to miss. Parking is hard. We just ran in to purchase a national park pin. It was well staffed, new looking building, clean, with volunteers answering questions.

1  Thank Elizabeth D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite the fact that this building and so visitor information centre is singularly bigger than most, it is still relatively tucked away and not overtly easy to find - but then when you get there you will find that it does have everything that you'd...More

2  Thank Steve T
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

I was expecting this to be the central hub of tourism in Salem. It was not. Mostly just a shop with a bunch of miscellaneous stuff, a display of a ship and wharf (which was neat), a ship, and a bulletin board-sized display about witches....More

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Open 9AM-5PM every day except closed on Thanksgiving, December 25th, and January 1st
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