"To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East"

When the United States was young, ships from Salem, Massachusetts helped to build the new nation's economy by carrying cargo back and forth from the West to Asia. The historic buildings, wharves, and reconstructed tall ship at this nine-acre National Park tell the stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War privateers, and merchants who brought the riches of the world to America.

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Teacher Workshop: Park for Every Classroom

Apply now for summer 2015! Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines.

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The annual Maritime Festival is a family-friendly event

Things to Do at Salem Maritime

There's always something to do at Salem Maritime! Tour our site, take a self-guided walk around Salem, or join us for our annual Maritime Festival!

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The Derby House, built in 1762, is one of the historic buildings at Salem Maritime.

Download an Audio Tour of Salem Maritime

Download an audio tour of Salem Maritime to your personal device, and learn about the people who worked in the buildings and on the wharves in Salem.

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Cover for the McIntire Historic District walking tour

Self-guided Walking Tours and Guides

Want to learn more about Salem's history and architecture? Download our brochures and guides.

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Members of St. Joseph's Polish Club gather in front of the building, c. 1920

Explore Salem's Polish Community

The area around Salem Maritime was once the heart of Salem's Polish community. Read about the community, hear reminicences, and download the report!

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Water quality experiments.

Apply now! Free Summer Teacher Workshop

Join the National Park Service and Essex Heritage in our 4th Annual Park for Every Classroom teacher professional development. Get inspired!

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