"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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2015 Salem Maritime Festival

Join us for the 27th Annual Salem Maritime Festival on August 1 from 10AM-4PM! Read about the musicians, exhibitors and events for 2015.

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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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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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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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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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Explore Salem's Polish Community

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

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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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