• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Salem Visitor Center to Close Temporarily, Jan 1-16, 2011

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Date: December 15, 2010
Contact: Emily Murphy, 978-740-1691

[Salem, Mass] The National Park Service Visitor Center, located on 2 New Liberty Street in Salem, Mass., will be closed from January 1 through January 16, 2011 for carpet replacement and routine maintenance.

The Visitor Center offers a range of services, including information, restrooms, an orientation film about the Essex National Heritage Area, as well as exhibits and demonstrations focusing on the early settlement, maritime heritage, and industrial beginnings of the city and the region. During the closure, the National Park Service will continue to provide these services to visitors at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site Orientation Center at 193 Derby Street. 

"Since it was open in 1994, over 3 million people have visited the National Park Service Visitor Center in downtown Salem," said Salem Maritime Superintendent Patricia Trap, "and it is due to the hard work of our maintenance staff, particularly Angel Bracero, that the carpets and bathrooms have held up tremendously well over the last sixteen years. We are glad that we were able to schedule this maintenance at time of year when visitor services will be impacted the least." 

The Orientation Center at Salem Maritime, the national park in Salem, will be open during the temporary closure. Located at 193 Derby Street, has public restrooms and a short film about the maritime heritage of Salem. National Park Rangers will be staffing the desk from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily from January 2-16. Regular tours of the historic buildings and tall ship at Salem Maritime will be offered on the weekends all winter.  

For more information, please call 978-740-1650 or visit Salem Maritime on the web at nps.gov/sama.

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