• 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 »

Public Transportation

On a bright day, a small boat motors past the square, black and white lighthouse on Derby Wharf.
Derby Wharf lighthouse, built in 1871, is only one of the many historic structures that can be seen at Salem Maritime.
NPS photo

Salem is about half an hour from Boston by public transportation.

By Commuter Rail

By Bus


From the Salem Depot to the Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is about a 5 minute walk from the depot.

  • Walk up the stairs, and cross Bridge Street at the traffic light. Proceed straight down Washington Street to Church Street (there is a Ben and Jerry's and a bank on opposite sides of the street at the corner)and take a left on Church.
  • Proceed down Church Street to the Visitor Center on New Liberty Street, past the Museum Place Mall and the Municipal Parking Garage.

By Ferry

From the end of June to the beginning of September, Salem is also accessible from Boston by a high-speed ferry. It is approximately 45 minutes to Salem from Boston by ferry.

For more information about rates and schedules for the Salem Ferry, click here. This link will open in a new window.

The ferry docks at Blaney Street in Salem. It is approximately a five minute walk from the ferry dock to Salem Maritime NHS.

At the corner of Blaney Street and Derby Street, turn left on Derby Street. Salem Maritime is five very short blocks from Blaney Street.

Did You Know?

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, circa 1855.

In addition to being a world-famous author, Salem native Nathaniel Hawthorne also held three government positions: Measurer for the Port of Boston, Surveyor of the Port of Salem, and U.S. Consul to Liverpool. The Custom House in Salem where he worked is now part of Salem Maritime NHS. More...