Salem Witch Museum Named One of Massachusetts’ Top 5 Group Attractions

0 Comments Posted by Stacy on December 12, 2014

In the 2015 American Bus Association’s (ABA) Motor Coach Marketer the Salem Witch Museum was named one of Massachusetts’ top 5 group attractions.  ABA’s Marketer is the official guide for the motor coach and travel industry.

Did your favorites make the list? swm-with-motor-coach


The Freedom Trail

Whale Watches

Salem Witch Museum

Six Flags New England

Yankee Candle


Boston/Cambridge & Greater Boston

Plymouth & Cape Cod

Berkshire County

Greater Springfield

Salem & the North Shore


Cape Cod Maritime Days, Cape Cod, May

North End Festivals, Boston, July – August

Tanglewood Jazz Festival, September

Working Waterfront Festival, New Bedford, September

Eastern States Exposition/The Big E, West Springfield, October

Martha Carrier, Traitor’s Wife ?

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on August 16, 2012

martha-carrier-stone Hanged as a witch in Salem on August 19th, 1692 Martha Allen Carrier was initially accused along with her children and sister, Mary Toothaker.  I recently listened to the audiobook version of The Wolves of Andover (retitled The Traitor’s Wife) and am now finishing The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent.   These fictional accounts are soundly researched immersing readers into the seventeenth century frontier life of these colonists, eerily capturing the seemingly mundane events that lead to their deadly outcome.

Not every victim of the Salem witch trials has much information about their lives before the tragic events, but in the case of Martha Carrier – her family being a prominent one in the founding of Andover – there are many resources for researching her fascinating case.  If you’re reading either of these accounts of her life, you may find the following augmentations thought-provoking.

From the Salem Witch Museum Blog:

Kathleen Kent:

For descendants:

Billerica Library:

Andover Historical Society:

Biographical sketch at University of Virginia’s Documentary Archive and Transcription Project:

Guests From Sister City, Ota Japan Visit Salem Today

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on August 02, 2012
ota_japan For many years the Salem Witch Museum has welcomed an annual tour group from Ota, JapanThrough a sister-city relationship beginning in 1991, hundreds of teachers and students as well as business, cultural and government officials have visited Salem from Ota.

The family of our own Will Parr is extending their hospitality on a very personal level by hosting a “Homestay” student in coordination with the Salem-Ota Club.

For more information about our sister city check out the City of Salem website:

The Salem Witch Museum offers our main presentation translated into Japanese as well as 7 other languages.


Gordon Hirabayashi, Japanese Internment Opponent, Honored with Medal of Freedom

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on May 30, 2012

japanese-american-internment Gordon Hirabayashi was a student in the 1940s when he challenged the internment orders for Japanese Americans during World War II.  Opposing the wartime removal of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants from the West Coast to detention centers, Mr. Hirabayashi involved himself in a debate that echoed throughout the remainder of the century.

In February 1942, two months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, approved the establishment of ‘military areas’ to ‘exclude therefrom any or all persons.’ In March a curfew was instituted along the West Coast for people of Japanese ancestry, and in May 1942, the West Coast military command ordered their removal to austere camps in isolated locations.

gordon-hirabayashi-1983 Hirabayashi was imprisoned from March to October, 1942 after refusing to obey curfew and internment orders.  In the 1980s a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, Peter Irons, found documents revealing that in presenting to the Supreme Court the federal government had held back its own assessment that Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were not dangers to national security. In September 1987the federal appeals court in San Francisco overturned Mr. Hirabayashi’s conviction. He died in January at age 93.

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Galileo Galilei

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on January 23, 2012

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”


What Happened to Abigail Williams?

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on January 16, 2012

crucible-book On Friday during a Skype in the Classroom “virtual museum tour,” a student at Oliver Street School in Newark, New Jersey – whose class is studying Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – asked what happened to the real Abigail Williams after the trials.

While Wikipedia can offer information on a wide array of subjects, there is no reason to accept the undocumented assertion that Abigail fled after the trials, becoming a prostitute.  Reliable Salem witch trials scholars are unable to give detail about her last years with any certainty, but Marilynne Roach says in The Salem Witch Trials:  A Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, “…Abigail Williams, haunted to the end, apparently died before the end of 1697, if not sooner, no older than seventeen.” (page 518)

According to a biographical essay published on the University of Virginia Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project:

Even though Abigail played a major role as an accuser at the beginning of the trials, especially in March, April, and May, she gave her last testimony on June 3rd 1692. There is no historical documentation suggesting why Abigail virtually disappeared from the court hearings. In addition, there are no records indicating what happened to Abigail after the events of 1692. It is suggested that she never married and died a single woman, but without any evidence we will never be quite certain.

Word of the Day: Friggatriskaidekaphobia

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on January 13, 2012

Definition: A morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.

From Wikipedia: The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen.

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January Spruce Up 2012 Hours

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on January 03, 2012

Every year in January we close for business for a few days to scrub, paint and refresh.  Here is our schedule, but feel free to call us with questions at (978)744-1692.

sprucing-up-the-trial-scene 1/3/12 Tuesday     CLOSED

1/4/12 Wednesday     CLOSED

1/5/12 Thursday     CLOSED

1/6/12  Friday     CLOSED

1/7/12 Saturday     Open 10am – 5pm

1/8/12 Sunday    Open 10am – 5pm

Happy 2012! January Hours

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on December 27, 2011

Saturday, Dec. 31st:  10am – 3pm

Sunday, Jan. 1st:  CLOSED

Monday, Jan. 2nd:  10am – 5pm

Tuesday, Jan. 3rd – Friday, Jan. 6th:  CLOSED for renovations

Saturday, Jan. 7th and Sunday, Jan. 8th:  10am – 5pm

Monday, Jan. 9th – Thursday, Jan. 12th: CLOSED for renovations

Reopen regular hours, Friday, Jan. 13th:  10am to 5pm

For more information call  (978) 744-1692

Wishing you a happy, healthy new year!

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2011 Winter Holiday Hours

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on November 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24th :  10am to 3pm

Sunday, December 25th :  CLOSED

Saturday, December 31st :  10am to 3pm

Sunday, January 1st :  CLOSED


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Christmas in Salem 2011

0 Comments | Posted by Stacy on November 17, 2011
gift-shop Enjoy a 20% discount in our museum store December 1-24 with coupon.  Choose from educational materials on Salem’s history and modern-day witchcraft to attractive apparel and just-for-fun items!  Admission to the museum presentation is not necessary to visit our store.  For more information feel free to call the Salem Witch Museum at 978-744-1692.

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witch-balls Pairpoint Witch Balls

Dating back to the 18th Century, hollow glass balls have been hung to ward off witch’s spells and evil spirits.  Legend has it that the evil spirit is attracted to these colorful balls, pulled inside, and trapped within the glass web protecting the home from harm.  It is told on Cape Cod that fishermen have used these mesmerizing balls in their nets to ward off evil spirits on the high seas.  Each Pairpoint Witch Ball is individually made and colored.

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*Happy Holidays*