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Arts & Museums
George Peabody House was the home of one of the pioneer philanthropists of the country. Built in 1790, it changed many hands and was finally bought by the city and converted it into a museum and civic center. It has been a designated historic landmark since 1988 and showcases the local history during the 1800s and the tanning industry. It is also used as a meeting space, exhibition area and for special events.
Run by the Salem Parks and Recreation Department, the Witch House is the home of the late judge Jonathan Corwin who presided over the Salem Witch Trials. While the town of Salem has many spots to visit to relive the notorious trials, this 17th century house is the only structure still standing with links to the trials of 1692. The four-room house contains a range of exhibits and offers a look back to this troubled period of history.
Salem is notorious for the witch trials held there in 1692. The Witch Dungeon Museum takes you back in time to Salem Village during that time period through a re-enactment of the witch trials. In all, 156 were accused of being witches and 20 were put to death. The museum's performance is based on historical transcripts from that year. Admission also includes a tour of a dungeon, which recreates the atmosphere of the original site where those accused of witchcraft were held.
Anybody interested in exploring the house of seven gables and four lighthouses? Pay a visit to the Essex Heritage area not just to do the above but to participate in mock settlement demonstrations and trudging maritime/industrial trail...phew! This historical site also features colonial settlements against the backdrop of precious beaches and luxurious landscapes. The rise and development of the shoe and textile industries is another hightlight. Anyone game for this historical picnic ride?
This Federal-style building is one of the oldest government buildings in the region. This multi-story building nowadays serves as an exhibit space and museum on the ground floor and a public meeting space on the second floor.
Completed in 1694, the John Hale House was built for Reverend John Hale, one of the ministers associated with the witch trials of 1962. Done up in Colonial House style of architecture, a mainstay in the architectural advancements of the era, the building was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Now owned and managed by the Beverly Historical Society as a museum, the house open to public on Fridays and Saturdays between 11a and 3p, makes for a very interesting visit.
Salem Witch Museum revisits the hysteria of 1692, when people in the town were falsely accused of being witches or 'consorting with the devil.' Twenty people were put to death during this notorious time. The museum explores that time period with a presentation that includes narration and life-sized figurines. Visitors will also learn about peoples changing views on witch hunts and witchcraft over time. The museum store has some interesting souvenirs to pick up. Check website for more.
Though art and culture from New England is the main draw, expect art from around the world as well. Asian art like Korean, Japanese, and Indian together with African, Oceanic, and Native American art is showcased amidst historic houses and gardens. Yin Yu Tang, a Chinese house from the Qing dynasty is one of the attractions here. The Phillips Library, another period piece, has huge collections of manuscripts and documents relating to local history. Exhibitions, such as Hawthorne Bicentennial and The Kingdom of Siam have fascinated visitors. The Garden Restaurant and Atrium Cafe offer interesting bites.
The Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers gives a face to the Salem Witch Trials, with London-made wax figures that capture the history of the time. This museum also features wax recreations that showcase maritime life in the 1700s and early 1800s. Children love the interactive exhibits, including learning how to tie a nautical knot. Visitors are also welcome to see the Old Burial Point behind the museum, which is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city.
Captain Kidd and Captain Blackbeard are just two of the more well-known pirates that dominated the seas off the north shores of Boston. This museum gives you the chance to relive that bit of history with actors playing the parts of some of these 17th-century villains. A walking tour includes sites such as a dockside village, a pirate ship and bat-cave that hold some of the pirate's loot.
If you are a huge fan of thrillers, horror and slasher films, Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery is for you. Creepy exhibits, death masks, horror film re-creation scenes, movie posters and more await fans of the genre. During the Halloween season, the museum "comes to life" in the afternoons when movie monsters prowl the premise.
The House of the Seven Gables is a 17th Century Salem mansion which inspired even the famous novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne in her work of the same name. Also named the Turner-Ingersoll mansion, Seven Gables refers to its seven triangular points above the roof line. Built in 1688, this house contains a hidden staircase and is located on Salem Harbor. The house where Hawthorne was born has been moved to this property and can also be seen.