Basic Information

Color view of the waterfront with historic buildings in the background

Welcome to Salem Maritime National Historic Site!

Established on March 17, 1938 as the first National Historic Site in the United States, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of land and twelve historic structures along the Salem waterfront, as well as a downtown visitor center. Located on the waterfront in the urban setting of Salem, the park and its partners preserves and interprets over 600 years of New England's maritime history and global connections. From the park’s ranger tours, Preschoolers in the Park programs, and volunteer opportunities, there are hundreds of Things to Do in the park.


Entrance Fees:

Salem Armory Visitor Center

This visitor center located at 2 New Liberty Street is the information hub for Salem Maritime National Historic Site as well as a visitor center for Essex National Heritage Area. You can find an information desk, sign up for tours, watch park films, become a Junior Ranger, and browse the bookstore. 

Waite and Peirce

Waite and Peirce is a specialty giftshop located by Derby Wharf (in what was formerly the Orientation Center) at 193 Derby Street named after the original owners of the tall ship Friendship. The store sells maritime themed goods that harken back to Salem's place in the history of international trade.  

Last updated: February 25, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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