Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The New Salem Museum

Salem has a new museum that is telling the rich history, from the Native Americans in Salem all the way to tourism in Salem today.  Located in Old Town Hall and overseen by the Instititue for Public History at Gordon College, this new public space provides an opportunity to connect with the many chapters of Salem's history. 

The Hawthorne and Civil War panels.

Detail of the Witchcraft Trials panel.

Currently featuring nine panels, the Salem Museum will eventually have thirty displays, each focusing on a different era in Salem's history.  Panels will take you on a journey from the Founding of Salem in 1626 through the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the Revolutionary War, China Trade, Samuel Mcintire, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Women in Salem History, The Great Fire, and Parker Brothers.  The panels, which hang from the ceiling are complimented by display cases filled with historic artifacts and significant pieces from Salem's past. 

Parker Brothers exhibit

Admission to the Salem Museum is free, but a $3.00 donation is recommended. The museum is open daily from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, and until 7:00 PM on Thursdays. For more information, visit

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