• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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  • Central Wharf Restrooms Closed

    The Central Wharf public restrooms will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 18th and 19th for exterior door replacement. They are scheduled to reopen on Saturday at 9am.

  • Fishing Prohibition on Hold

    On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »

The Salem Armory

The Visitor Center in Salem is made of brick, and has a high roof.

The Salem Armory is now the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center.

NPS photo

The Salem Visitor Center, located on New Liberty Street in downtown Salem, was originally the Salem Armory. It was the headquarters and training facility for the Second Corps of Cadets, which traces its history back to the late eighteenth century. In 1982, the beautiful 1880s gothic revival building was nearly destroyed by fire, and the remaining drill shed was converted into the Visitor Center in 1994. The area between the drill shed and the corner of New Liberty and Essex Streets was turned into Armory Park, a park honoring the veterans of Essex County
The Maritime exhibit in the Visitor center has the frames of a boat

The maritime exhibit in the Visitor Center incorporates the frames of a boat.

NPS photo

Today, National Park Service staff and volunteers provide information on historic sites and other places of interest throughout the Essex National Heritage Area in the Visitor Center. Visitors can also learn more about the history of Essex County from the exhibits and free orientation film that are available in the center, and purchase books and gifts related to Essex County history in the bookstore that is run by National Park Service partner Eastern National.

For more information:

Download the Salem Armory site bulletin (150 KB pdf file)

The Second Corps of Cadets

Did You Know?

The Regional Visitor Center in Salem is a brick building with a high peaked roof.

Over 20,000 visitors go through the Regional Visitor Center in Salem, MA on an average October weekend.