Tours, Programs, and Activities


May 2017

Visit the Custom House: Daily 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Tour the Narbonne House: Daily at 2:30 PM (Limit 8 - Tours are free, but require reservations. Please call 978-740-1650 or stop by the Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street on the day of your visit to make a reservation.)

Visitor Center: Daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Films at the Visitor Center:
"Where Past is Present: A History of Salem;" 27 minutes, 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM (FREE)
"Salem Witch Hunt: A History of the Salem Witch Trials;" 38 minutes, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM (ADULT: $5.00, SENIORS/KIDS: $3.00)

(The Derby House is closed for a repair and preservation project. Friendship of Salem is at dry dock in Gloucester, Massachusetts undergoing repairs and routine maintenance.)


Special Exhibits & Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled programs, Salem Maritime hosts and participates in a variety of events in the community of Salem and beyond. Visit the Calendar to learn about upcoming events.

Climate Change and Salem Maritime National Historic Site

"Climate Change and Salem Maritime National Historic Site," is a collaboration between silk painter/environmental planner Susan Quateman and photographer/designer Leslie Bartlett. View the brochure (4.7 MB PDF)
Interested in how the National Park Service is responding to climate change and what you can do to help? Learn more about climate change and your national parks.


Tour and Program Descriptions

Free ranger-led tours and programs are offered year-round. Tours are free, but require a first-come first-served reservation by stopping in the Visitor Center or by calling (978) 740-1650. Reservations open at 9:00 AM each day and can only be made the day of your tour. We recommend signing up as early as possible.

Groups of 10 or more should email or call (978) 740-1662 to make an advanced group reservation. If your are a teacher interested in education programs visit our Education page for more information.

The U.S. Custom House in Salem
Visit the U.S. Custom House that was 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 in taxes on incoming cargo. These taxes provided vital financial support for the new United States government. For three years this building was the workplace of the famous American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne's experiences during his stint in the Custom House inspired his most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter.

The Derby House and Narbonne House Tour
This tour is a ranger-led program that leads visitors through two distinct historic homes. The Derby House, constructed in 1762 was the first home of Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby. It is an exemplary example of a wealthy merchant's Georgian home and is furnished to reflect the Derbys' 20-year long residence in the house. (The Derby House is currently closed undergoing repairs and routine maintenance.) The Narbonne House, built in 1675, spans nearly 300 years of history as a home of successful businessmen and their families. The Narbonne House is unfurnished and contains displays of some of the nearly 150,000 archaeological artifacts excavated from the home's backyard.

The Tall Ship Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem is a replica of a cargo vessel built in Salem in 1797. Tours of the Friendship visit the main deck and the 'tween deck of the vessel. You will learn about the lives of the sailors who traveled the world, bringing exotic goods to Salem during the height of the East Indies trade. (Friendship of Salem is currently at dry dock in Gloucester, Massachusetts undergoing repairs and routine maintenance.)


Self-Guided Activities

Audio Tour
Listen to an audio tour and follow along with the accompanying map as you travel the site.

Walking Tours
Browse through a number of themed walking tours and site bulletins including African American heritage sites and the history of Salem architecture.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970


(978) 740-1650

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