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2014 January Spruce Up Hours

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jan 02 2014

It’s that time of year again – here at the Salem Witch Museum we like to make the most of the season by sprucing up in January.

We’ll be closed Monday through Friday January 6th through 10th and again January 13th through the 17th.

We’ll reopen the museum and gift shop Saturdays and Sundays.  Reopen daily on January 18th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 978-744-1692.

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Meet the Author & Book Signing – Marilynne K. Roach

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jul 31 2013

six-women_0 Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

Date:                            October 3, 2013

Time:                          6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Admission:                   Free

For reservations email: faq@salemwitchmuseum.com

Or call:                          978.744.1692

Where:                         Salem Witch Museum

19 ½ Washington Square North

Salem, MA  01970

In Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, author and historian, Marilynne K. Roach chronicles the lives of six specific women involved in the witch hunt who represent the accusers, the accused, or both, and uses their unique stories to illuminate the larger crisis of the trials. Roach works to reconstruct the events of the trials, bringing to life this representative group of women, and examines the entire experience of the Salem Witch Trials through the eyes of those who lived through the hysteria and delivers a historically intimate narrative that gives readers a front row seat to this desperate and dangerous time in history.

Marilynne K. Roach works as both a historian and illustrator. Her illustrations, how-to articles, and travel pieces have been featured in the Boston Globe. She’s lectured to groups ranging in age from kindergarteners to senior citizens, and is the author of the classic The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege.

Marilynne Roach Signs Copies of Day-By-Day Chronicle

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Apr 23 2013

We have the privilege of working closely with historian Marilynne Roach on many projects.  She answers nuanced questions about the Salem witch trials, helping our staff interpret the underpinnings of the events, and is a perpetual inspiration in understanding what can be learned from Essex County’s 1692 experience.

If you don’t yet own a copy of The Salem Witch Trials:  A Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, now is your chance to get one of 20 remaining signed copies of the book.

In our shop or online, while supplies last!

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We Heart Local Art

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 07 2013

If you follow our blog you know how much we love local arts and artisans.  We do our part to sustain North Shore crafters by providing marketing and financial support to the creative community and by carrying their work in our museum store.  We proudly sponsor events like the Salem Film Fest, Mass Poetry Festival, and Salem Literary Fest just to name a few.

Dot's Pots Window Lanterns When visitors from distant places come to Salem, naturally they want to take a bit of their individual experience back home with them.  Local art is not only a means for our neighbors to live creative, compassionate lives, but items traveling back to visitors’ homelands spreads our culture and shares the flavor of our area.  So when an artisan like Marblehead resident Dorothy Arthur of Dot’s Pots infuses a beautiful piece of functional art with architectural essence – such as her lanterns of prominent windows – the connection between place and the visitor is steeped even stronger.

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From MAA newsletter :

The Marblehead Arts Association-  Call for Works

Fine Art of Craft

March 16 – April 21

To see craft is to enter a world of wonderful things which can be challenging, beautiful, sometimes useful, tactile, artistic and extraordinary – and to understand and enjoy the care which has gone into their making.   Contemporary craft is about making hand crafted objects of art and ensures the highest standard of workmanship exhibiting a working knowledge of tools and materials.

The Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) is presenting “Fine Art of Craft”, an exhibit from March 16-April 21.  This juried exhibit invites both MAA and non-MAA artisans in the general categories of ceramics/pottery; fiber/textile; metalwork/silversmith; woodwork/furniture and glass and the creative overlap or blending of these mediums.  Jurying is based on creativity of design, quality of materials and attention to detail in overall workmanship and presentation.

For information and submission:  www.marbleheadarts.org

Surviving Nemo

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Feb 11 2013

After two relatively snow-free winters we were due for a doozy.  And Nemo delivered.

State and city governments made the call early on Thursday to keep people off roads Friday and through the weekend while cleanup crews dealt with, not multiple inches but, multiple feet in some areas.  Here at the Salem Witch Museum we opened for part of the day Friday, closing for the safety of our staff and visitors through to Sunday.  Folks must have had cabin fever because we had a number more visitors than usual once we reopened.  The bad news is that Salem’s So Sweet ice sculptures couldn’t be delivered as planned; the good news is that we’re essentially rescheduling the festivities to this upcoming weekend.

Driving through labyrinths of snowbanks makes travel still slow going, and finding parking can take even more time. For the next day or so it’s probably a good idea to give ourselves a head start if we need to be somewhere.  Which is fine, because it’ll give us a chance to enjoy the beauty of the season.

Thanks to Salem Witch Wiles for this photo:

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January 2013 Hours

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jan 02 2013

We’re open year-round.  But even we need to close the doors for a few days while we paint and clean carpets.  Here’s a list of our January hours:

Tuesday           1/1/13              Closed – New Year’s Day

Wednesday      1/2/13             Open 10am – 5pm

Thursday          1/3/13             Open 10am – 5pm

Friday              1/4/13               Open 10am – 5pm

Saturday           1/5/13             Open 10am – 5pm

Sunday             1/6/13              Open 10am – 5pm

Monday           1/7/13              Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Tuesday           1/8/13               Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Wednesday      1/9/13              Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Thursday          1/10/13           Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Friday              1/11/13              Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Saturday           1/12/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Sunday              1/13/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Monday           1/14/13            Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Tuesday           1/15/13            Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Wednesday      1/16/13            Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Thursday          1/17/13            Closed for Annual Spruce-up

Friday              1/18/13               Open 10am – 5pm

Saturday           1/19/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Sunday              1/20/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Monday           1/21/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Tuesday           1/22/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Wednesday      1/23/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Thursday          1/24/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Friday              1/25/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Saturday           1/26/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Sunday               1/27/13            Open 10am – 5pm

Open daily 10am – 5pm

Happy Holidays from the Salem Witch Museum

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Dec 17 2012

Our hours for the remainder of 2012

Daily 10 am to 5 pm except: 2012 holiday tree

Monday, December 24th – 10 am to 3 pm

Tuesday, December 25th – CLOSED

Monday, December 31st – 10 am to 3 pm

Tuesday, January 1st – CLOSED

We’ll be OPEN Tuesday, Oct. 30th 10am to 5pm

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 30 2012

Thanks to everyone for safety wishes, we seem to have fared Sandy with minimal damage.  However, there are other places in town who lost power, so if you’re planning to visit Salem today, it’s recommended that you call to find out if your destinations are open.

Questions about visiting the Salem Witch Museum?  Call 978-744-1692.

Travel Safely

We’ll be CLOSED Monday, October 29, 2012

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 29 2012

For the safety of our staff and visitors the Salem Witch Museum will be CLOSED today,

Monday, October 29, 2012.

Tips for Visiting in October

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Oct 19 2012
october-in-salem The reason so many people come to Salem in October is the festive atmosphere created by…so many people. It’s part of the excitement, chatting with fellow revelers and soaking up the atmosphere.   A few people who aren’t in the right frame of mind might grumble about the lines, crowds and traffic.  Prepare yourself with information, and embrace it all as part of the fun.

Tips for an enjoyable visit to Salem in October


1.  Check out Destination Salem’s online visitors’ brochure to help plan your trip.  You’ll find a helpful walking map of the downtown and waterfront area listing major attractions, shopping, restaurants and activities.  It also lists parking options and road closures (for parades) where applicable.  You can pick up the print version of the Destination Salem Guide & Map once you’re here at the Salem Witch Museum, at the National Park Visitor Center, or many other places throughout the city.

2.  Arrive as early as possible.  The Salem Witch Museum opens every day at 10:00am.  The earlier you arrive to purchase tickets, the more likely your preferred tour time will be available.

3.  Be flexible.  It is possible – and especially as we near Halloween very likely – for certain presentation times to be sold out.  Be prepared to opt for a different tour time.  Our presentations begin promptly at  :00 and :30 of each hour.  Presentations last approximately one hour.

4.  Anticipate lines or wait-times just about everywhere in downtown Salem the nearer we get to Halloween.  And, if there isn’t a line or wait, just be pleasantly surprised!

5.  Expect there to be some traffic the closer we get to Halloween.  Directions can be downloaded here, and it’s always possible to map out alternate routes into Salem, ie. Route 1A, Route 107 , Route 127.

Salem Witch Museum Hours for October, 2012

Day        Date      Open                Close

Mon      1-Oct     10:00am               5:00pm

Tue        2-Oct     10:00am              5:00pm

Wed      3-Oct     10:00am               5:00pm

Thu        4-Oct     10:00am               8:00pm

Fri           5-Oct     10:00am               10:00pm

Sat          6-Oct     10:00am               10:00pm

Sun        7-Oct     10:00am               8:00pm

Mon      8-Oct     10:00am               7:00pm

Tue        9-Oct     10:00am               5:00pm

Wed      10-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Thu        11-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Fri           12-Oct   10:00am               10:00pm

Sat          13-Oct   10:00am               10:00pm

Sun        14-Oct   10:00am               7:00pm

Mon      15-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Tue        16-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Wed      17-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Thu        18-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Fri           19-Oct   10:00am               10:00pm

Sat          20-Oct   10:00am               10:00pm

Sun        21-Oct   10:00am               7:00pm

Mon      22-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Tue        23-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Wed      24-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Thu        25-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Fri           26-Oct   10:00am               12:00am

Sat          27-Oct   10:00am               12:00am

Sun        28-Oct   10:00am               7:00pm

Mon      29-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Tue        30-Oct   10:00am               5:00pm

Wed      31-Oct   10:00am               12:00am

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