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Salem museums to be free for Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!

Museum day Live imageIn 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 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.

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.

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

Posted by Kate on 09/20 at 08:00 AM Permalink

Explore Trails and Sails - This weekend and next!

Trails and Sails

Essex County Sites To Offer 150+ Free Events Over Trails & Sails Weekends
for History Buffs, Art & Culture Vultures, Outdoor Enthusiasts, and More

Program encourages preservation and healthy lifestyles by promoting cultural tourism of unique resources

Click here for Trails & Sails events in Salem

Interested enjoying the great outdoors on a tour all about public art murals or while examining the ecology of Salem Sound? Touring Saugus Iron Work National Historic site to find out what archeologist uncovered that reveals how early settlers survived here? How about visiting one of the oldest meeting houses in continual use and standing on its original green, or seeing some of the oldest ecclesiastical Tiffany windows in the world? No matter what your interest, you can find something to learn, explore, and enjoy at Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, to be held on September 19-21 and 26-28, 2014.

Presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), Trails & Sails features more than 150 free events over two weekends and celebrates the rich variety of historic, cultural and natural resources in the Essex National Heritage Area. Encompassing the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, a 500 square mile region just north of Boston, MA, the Essex National Heritage Area was created by an Act of the U.S. Congress in 1996 in recognition of the important role that the county played in American history and the significant heritage resources that still exist in the region. Trails & Sails, now in its 13th year, was created by Essex Heritage to highlight the Area’s treasures and encourage residents and visitors to engage with these resources in different and more meaningful ways with the goal of engendering a commitment to preserving them.

For Trails & Sails 2014, Essex Heritage has partnered with non-profit and for-profit recreational organizations across Essex County to offer 150+ free, fun, and family-friendly events at more than 100 sites that showcase our region’s distinctive heritage, history, culture, and the natural environment. From maritime and railroad museums, to guided nature tours both onshore and off, there are activities happening morning, afternoon and evening that welcome your exploration.

Visit to see the complete listing of events, design a personalized itinerary, or purchase a hard-copy guide mailed from Essex Heritage for $5.00. A limited number of free printed guides are available at all 12 Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Centers, including Salem Regional Visitor Center, the Buttonwoods Museum & Haverhill Historical Society, Lawrence Visitor Center at Lawrence Heritage State Park, and sponsor locations.

Take the Trails & Sails Challenge: MOVE IT!
With events to take place throughout the cities and towns of Essex County, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to get out and challenge themselves during Trails & Sails by participating in Essex Heritage and the YMCA of the North Shore’s Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge. Register for Move It! online at and start tracking any miles you run, swim, hike, and bike through October 2014 for fantastic prizes.

Posted by Kate on 09/19 at 07:00 AM Permalink