Things To Do

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 routine maintenance at dry dock in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Students become Junior Rangers
Young visitors become Junior Rangers
At the Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street
May 13 - October 31: Open Daily, 10:00am - 5:00pm
November 1 - May 12: Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Open on Monday Holidays: November 12, January 21, February 18, April 15, 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, 1:00pm-2:00pm.
  • Take a Ranger guided tour of the Derby House and Narbonne House, Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Limited to 8 people. Reservations are required. On the day of your visit, stop by the Visitor Center, Waite and Peirce, or call 978-740-1650 to reserve your spot.
  • Visit Waite and Peirce, our park store, open daily 10am to 5pm. Pick up the Junior Ranger Program here, too.
  • Explore Salem's Historic Wharves.
  • Walk the 1/2 mile length of Derby Wharf to visit the Derby Wharf Light Station.
  • Download our self-guided audio tour to learn more about the site.
  • Check out one of our self-guided walking tours.
  • Bring a lunch and dine at our picnic tables. Remember to carry out your trash!
Education Rangers help preschoolers learn about the site
Education Rangers help preschoolers learn about the site

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.

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

Last updated: November 7, 2018

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Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970


(978) 740-1650

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