This museum across from Salem Common revisits the hysteria of 1692, when people in the town were falsely accused of being ... More
Salem Witch Museum
This museum across from Salem Common revisits the hysteria of 1692, when people in the town were falsely accused of being witches or "consorting with the devil," then were tried and hanged. 20 people were put to death during this notorious time. The museum offers a half-hour audio/visual presentation, along with extensive information about witch hunts and witchcraft, past and present. Open daily from 10a.
My family and I thought this would be a museum with information about the witch trials and accusations, as well as historical information from the Europe witches. What a big disappointment. After waiting to buy a ticket, waiting until your tour time, you are then herded into a single room with approximately 50-60 other people to hear a guide tell you information that I read in my AAA book. The guide flashes lights on well worn figures as the information is read. The staff is not friendly and even the gift shop is poor quality. To be quite honest, of all the attractions we visited in Salem, all were over rated and poor quality. The clerks in the shops were also rude and we even witnessed one clerk telling a man in a wheel chair not to come in his store. The best thing we enjoyed was mini golf at the outskirts of town. I would not waste my time in visiting Salem.
There's no information other than general information that you get simply by walking into the door. The mannequins are HORRIBLE. I mean, they're mannequins, but they literally look like crap and need replaced. The tour guides appeared to all be around the age of 16, and I doubt they have any knowledge beyond the memorized scripts they use. The initial room is kinda cool, with different scenes being lit to illustrate the narrative, but as I said, the mannequins completely ruin anything it had going for it. After that you enter a 40x40 room with 4 "scenes" where the guide gives a brief scripted intro, then pushes a button for a very cheesy monologue to play. Overall, save your money and time and go to the Witch Dungeon, Pirate Museum, and the Witch History Museum.. PLUS the tickets are good for two days if you miss anything you can go back. The Salem Witch Museum really is a joke.
Wife and I went to Salem as part of Cruise excursion. We thought it being close to October Salem might be pretty cool. Didnt see much but looked forward to the Museum. Exterior of the Building is currently undergoing construction but looked cool enough. Walked into waiting area and after short wait were led into a room by some college kid wearing jeans and a black Tshirt. After a quick intro the "re-enactment" began. Honestly I wasnt impressed in the least. They left the lights on which was annoying and afterwards were led into another room with several photos and a timeline. Another member of staff dressed in jeans and Tshirt drolled on and on. I did get a decent Tshirt at the Giftshop but left feeling kinda ripped off. I expected a little more and even the Staff could have dressed up a little since they work there. Not what I expected.
you will be captured and tortured. with unrelenting verbage that makes vomit smell sweet. be one of the stupid idiots and go, it is not better then jerry springer on his worse show. but you will feel like your master just whipped you as your leaving.
I expected to see a museum that told the story of the witch trials and honored those individuals. This museum was awful. It was $8 a person to listen to the story of the Salem Witch trials through mannequins which took maybe 10 minutes. Then there was a very brief, guided tour of the museum before they escorted us out the door, so we were there maybe 15 minutes total. This was a great disappointment as was all of Salem. The people of Salem were very rude everywhere we went. I loved all of New England but will never visit Salem again.
I stood in line for 35 minutes just to get tickets only to find out that a small sign at the door read "Sold Out" for all shows for the next 5 hours !
Management needs to assign an employee to notify people at the end of the line.
The business is not a museum and does not teach you anything more about the Salem Witch Trials than you knew before you walked in the door. I cannot believe the local authorities allow this scam to continue operating.
To call this place a museum is a joke! The first room lights up stupid displays, one at a time, with bad voice-over acting playing the parts. Even the 5 years olds were bored. Then you go into a room where a guide goes over signs taped to the wall trying to tell you what a witch is.....and THAT'S IT FOLKS....you are then led into the gift shop - which is the largest room in the "museum." I expected much more.
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