Permits & Reservations

Ranger-Led Tours
Reservations for our free public tours are required. You can make reservations in-person at the Visitor Center or by calling 978-740-1650. Groups of ten or more individuals also require a reservation which must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please e-mail us.
Ranger-Led Education Programs
Reservations are required for all ranger-guided education programs, all of which are free. Please e-mail us.

Special Use Permits
Interested in using the park for a special event or special use? You may need a Special Use Permit.

Groups and individuals can use Salem Maritime National Historic Site for special events, commercial activities and photography through a Special Use Permit (SUP). A SUP authorizes activities that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. These activities require written authorization and management oversight in order to protect park resources and the public interest. Activities requiring a SUP include, but are not limited to: weddings, commercial filming and/or photography, First Amendment activities, athletic and other public/private special events.

To obtain an Special Use Permit Application, contact Mike Parr (below). Applications for Special Use Permits must be received by the park no less than two weeks prior to your proposed event date. The only exception to this is for First Amendment activities (permit not required for groups of 25 or less). Unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment rights, applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable, $50 check made out to "The National Park Service." Non-profits, charities, community organizations, etc. are not exempt from $50 application fee.

Mike Parr Email
Manager, Special Use Permits
160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-1654 (Fax)

Last updated: May 15, 2018

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160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970


(978) 740-1650

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