• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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  • Free Sails, Public Tours on Schooner FAME and Ardelle This Weekend

    Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Join us for free public sails in Salem Sound aboard two vessels this weekend. More »

  • 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 »

Places To Go

the graceful entry hall of the U.S. Custom House in Salem features a long flight of stairs to the second floor.

The entry hall of the U.S. Custom House in Salem, where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked from 1846 to 1849.

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There are plenty of places to go in Salem, Massachusetts. Start your visit to this historic city at the National Park
Service Visitor Center
in Salem, where the staff will help you plan your visit to the area.

For more information about events and sites in Essex County, the Essex National Heritage Area website has comprehensive information about Essex County. This link will open in a new window.

 
If you are planning a longer vacation to Massachusetts, please check out the National Park Service's Massachusetts Trip Planner to help you find the many National Park Service units in Massachusetts. The site even includes half-day and full day itineraries for the Boston area. This link will open in a new window

Did You Know?

The tall glass fronted bookcase in the Customs House once held leather bound volumes.

Over 150 feet of shelving is needed to store the Customs Service records from the ports of Salem and Beverly at the National Archives' New England facility in Waltham, MA. More...