Destination Salem Blog
This is the fourth installment of our Visitor Questionnaire. If you would like your thoughts on Salem featured on our blog, click here for the questionnaire!
Hometown/Hailing from: East Syracuse, NY
How many times have you visited Salem: October 2014 will be my third time this year, but I believe about 5 or 6 times in total.
Why did you originally visit Salem? Educational trip with dad when I was 11 or 12
What draws you back? I’m obsessed with the Witch Trials time in history, I always get more inspired when I’m in Salem, and now that I know I have ancestors that lived here, I’m obsessed with finding out as much as I can.
What is your favorite season in Salem? Every season, but winter... Spring and summer are the perfect times to do research, and it’s beautiful in the fall.
What is the funniest thing you have seen in Salem? The reaction when I tell people who my ancestors are on my mom’s side.
Is there one thing you do on every visit? Visit Danvers, and at least one museum/tour, even if I’ve done it before.
Do you have a favorite Salem souvenir? The photos I took at Salem Vintage Photography. I’m hoping to get some cool souvenirs in October.
Salem has changed a lot over the years…
What is your favorite change? Nothing has changed, at least that I’ve seen.
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.
Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your ticket, which is good for two adult admissions to the Gedney House Museum, Salem Witch Museum, and House of the Seven Gables.
At the Gedney House (21 High Street, Salem, MA), visitors will be able to view original post-and-beam timbers, brick nogging, and early decorative finishes in Salem’s second oldest historic house. Museum Day Live! visitors will also receive a 2-for-1 admission coupon to the Phillips House Museum, located at 34 Chestnut Street. The Gedney House museum will be open on September 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with tours available on the hour. Space on tours is limited due to the structure of the house. For visitors without a tickets, the cost is $5.00 for adults and free for Salem residents. HistoricNewEngland.org
At the Salem Witch Museum visitors will be taken back to 1692. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration - an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692. Learn about the word witch in, Witches - Evolving Perceptions, a provocative tour which examines the pagan midwife, stereotypical witch, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts. Do you believe in witches? Don't answer until you see Salem's most visited museum! This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone. SalemWitchMuseum.com
The House of the Seven Gables will be open from 10:00 AM. ‐ The house and ground will close at 7:00 PM, with the last tour beginning at 7. At the Gables you will surround yourself with the rich history of Massachusetts while exploring a house made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The House of the Seven Gables. Constituting its own National Historic Landmark District, their 2 1/2 acre museum grounds include carefully preserved 17th-and 18th-century period homes, three-season Colonial Revival Gardens and breathtaking views of Salem Harbor, Derby Wharf, and the tall ship Friendship. 7