Guided Tours and Programs

Ranger Marty Fucio leads a tour on the Friendship

Tours of Friendship are among our most popular offerings.

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Tours, Films and Programs
Click Here for a list of all current tours, schedules and programs in the park. [PDF, Effective September 22, 2015]

Guided Tour Descriptions

Free ranger-led tours and programs are offered year round. Tickets for tours are free, but require a reservation by calling 978-740-1650 or stopping by the Visitor Center on the same day of the tour.

Groups of 10 or more, should email or call 978-740-1662 to make an advance reservation. Visit the For Teachers page for information on our education programs. Salem Maritime also hosts special events in addition to regular programs.

Coffee with a Ranger
Duration: 45 - 60 minutes
Offered the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, starting November 21st, 2015.
Join a park ranger or staff for a casual conversation with complimentary coffee/tea about any and all topics related to maritime history and culture, park buildings and grounds, park operations, the Essex National Heritage Area or the over 400+ other national parks across the United States. Meet at 160 Derby Street, 2nd floor. Free.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Park
Limit: 15 people
Duration: 45 - 60 minutes
Offered the 2nd Saturday of each month, starting November 14th, 2015 at 1pm.
Join a park ranger for a behind-the-scenes tour of the lesser known and rarely-visited areas of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, including some locations that are typically closed to the public. Learn about how the park operates on a daily basis, discuss the upcoming National Park Service Centennial and discover how to "Find Your Park!" Free, advanced reservations required by calling (978) 740-1650.

Junior Ranger Sundays
Duration: 45 - 60 minutes
Offered every Sunday, starting November 14th, 2015.
Stop by the Visitor Center (2 New Liberty St.) for free hands-on activities and demonstrations with as part of the park's official Junior Ranger Program. Talk with and learn alongside park rangers and staff as they assist visitors of all ages in their quest to become official National Park Junior Rangers.

The US Custom House in Salem
Limit: 20 people
Duration: 30-40 minutes
This tour visits the U.S. Custom House, built in 1819 to house the offices of the U.S. Customs Service. During the height of Salem's East Indies trade, the Customs Service in Salem collected millions of dollars of taxes on incoming cargo, providing vital financial support for the new United States government. For three years, this building was the workplace of the famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne's experiences during his stint in the Custom House inspired his most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter.

The Tall Ship Friendship of Salem

Limit: 20 people
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Weather permitting, during the fall, winter, and spring Salem Maritime National Historic Site offers tours of the
Friendship of Salem, Salem Maritime's replica of a cargo vessel built in Salem in 1797. The tour visits the main deck and 'tween deck of the vessel to learn about the men who sailed all over the world to bring exotic goods back to Salem during the height of the East Indies trade. During the summer, Friendship is also open for self-guided tours.

The Narbonne and Derby Houses
Limit: 8 people
Duration: 1 hour
This tour visits the two domestic homes at Salem Maritime. The Narbonne House, built in 1675, was for almost 300 years the home of successful businessmen and their families. The Narbonne House is unfurnished, and contains displays of some of the nearly 150,000 archeological artifacts that were excavated out of the yard. The 1762 Derby House was the first home of Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby. It is a beautiful example of a merchant's Georgian home, and is furnished to reflect the Derbys' 20 year-long residence in the house.

Self-Guided Tours and Programs
Audio Tour

Listen to an audio tour and view maps of Salem's historic waterfront.

Walking Tours
View various self-guided walking tours and brochures.

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