Things to Do at Salem Maritime

The maritime history of Salem, Massachusetts stretches back nearly four hundred years. Today, you can explore that history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site through guided tours, exhibits, wayside signs, junior ranger programs, special events, and films.

Note: Friendship of Salem is currently undergoing repairs and maintenance in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Young visitors are sworn in as Junior Rangers
Young visitors are sworn in as Junior Rangers


At the Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street
May - October: Open daily, 10am - 5pm
November - April: Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

  • Watch a film
    • Where Past is Present, 27 minutes, Daily screenings at 10:15am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, FREE
    • Salem Witch Hunt, 38 minutes, Daily screenings at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, ADULT: $5.00, SENIORS/KIDS: $3.00

Pedricks store house on Derby Wharf
Pass by Pedricks store house as you walk along Derby Wharf
On the Waterfront, 193 Derby Street
  • Visit the Custom House, open Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-2:00pm.
  • Tour the Narbonne House and the Derby House, Saturday and Sundays, at 2:30 pm. Visit the Salem Visitor Center or call (978) 740-1650 to make reservations on the day of the tour.
  • Explore Salem's Historic Wharves.
  • Walk the 1/2 mile length of Derby Wharf to Derby Wharf Light Station
  • Visit Waite and Peirce, our park store, open daily 10am to 5pm.
  • Download our self-guided audio tour to learn more about the site.
  • Bring a lunch and dine at our picnic tables. Remember to carry out your trash!

A group of children with a Park Ranger
Education Rangers with group of preschool students

Special Events & Exhibits

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

Remember to check for any upcoming special events on our Calendar.

The industrial buildings at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
The industrial buildings at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
Beyond Salem Maritime National Historic Site


Last updated: July 2, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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