• 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 »

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September 10, 2014
Free Sails, Public Tours on Schooner FAME and Ardelle This Weekend
You'd be hard-pressed to find an easier, less-expensive way to get out into the winds and waves of the North Shore than aboard Schooner FAME or Schooner Ardelle this weekend. Both vessels are partnering with Salem Maritime National Historic Site to offer a free weekend of public sails, ship tours and history lessons on the War of 1812.

August 25, 2014
National Park Service Celebrates 98th Birthday
This week staff from Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites invite you to join them in celebrating the National Park Service's 98th birthday.

June 16, 2014
Park Featured in "Best of New England" by Yankee Magazine, Earns Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor
"Wonderful, excellent, a great park!" are just a few of the phrases visitors have used to describe Salem Maritime National Historic Site, recently featured in the "Best of New England" issue of Yankee Magazine. The 9-acre National Park site also earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the largest travel review site on the internet.

May 01, 2014
Salem Sets Sail Celebrates 4th Anniversary
Salem schoolchildren are enjoying the fourth year of a successful partnership between Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Schooner Fame benefitting 5th graders in Salem Public Schools. Salem Sets Sail is a collaborative curriculum-based education program that enables a long-standing goal of getting Salem schoolchildren out on the water to become reality.

April 18, 2014
Expanded Salem Visitor Center Hours, National Park Week Begins
The National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty St.) is expanding its hours of operation and will now be open daily 9AM - 5PM, beginning Monday April 21st, 2014.

March 11, 2014
New Report Provides Valuable Insight on Tourism and Visitors to Salem
Today the National Park Service and the University of Idaho released the “Salem Maritime National Historic Site Visitor Study,” a 118-page profile of tourism trends and visitors to Salem’s National Park site and the city of Salem.

March 10, 2014
Great Salem Fire Lecture
Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the History Department at Salem State University will co-host a free evening lecture by Dr. Jacob Remes title "Life and Labor in the AFtgermath of the Great Salem Fire" on Thursday, March 27, at the Salem Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street) from7:30pm-9:00pm.

March 03, 2014
Visitor Spending Benefits Local Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 767,649 visitors to Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in 2012 spent $41.3 million in communities near the park. This visitor spending supported 559 jobs in the local area during the same period.

January 21, 2014
Upcoming History Lectures Bring Fresh Perspectives on Salem’s Past
Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the History Department at Salem State University will co-host two separate history talks on Thursday, February 6 and Thursday, March 27, at the Salem Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street) from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Both talks are free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00pm.

December 19, 2013
New Winter Hours of Operation at the Salem Regional Visitor Center
The National Park Service is announcing a temporary change to the winter hours of operation for the Salem Regional Visitor Center (2 New Liberty St.). The Visitor Center will now be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 5pm beginning on December 23rd, 2013.

November 08, 2013
Friendship Mast Sections to be Removed
Portions of the forward and middle masts onboard the Friendship of Salem will be removed by a large crane on November 15th, 2013 as part of scheduled maintenance work.

October 17, 2013
Park Reopens to the Public
Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites reopened to the public today.

Did You Know?

On a sunny day, a small boat motors past the 1871 lighthouse at the tip of Derby Wharf.

Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.