The Scale House

Side view of the Scale House

Opening in the Spring of 2020.
Call Salem Armory Visitor Center 978-740-1650 for hours.



The Scale House was used as equipment storage space for the U.S. Customs Service. The Current building contains interpretive exhibits of the 19th-century U.S. Customs Service weighing and gaiging equipment original to the building.



Located behind the Custom House, this small brick building was built in 1829. The building was used as a storage facility for scales and other equipment required to weigh cargo goods on ships. The scales were never used inside the building, but were carted and moved to the wharf and assembled alongside a vessel that had just returned. The goods were removed off of the ship weighed, measured, and then later duties were assessed on the cargo.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

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160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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