Things To Do

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Salem Armory Visitor Center

Begin your exploration of the park at the visitor center. Watch a film, talk to a ranger, volunteer, or partner, view the exhibits, visit the restrooms, shop, fill your water bottle, grab a brochure, map and guide, and get ready to explore!

Explore the Waterfront

Visit our replica tall ship Friendship of Salem and Pedrick Store House. Walk the 1/2 mile length of Derby Wharf to get an up close view of Derby Light Station. Walk along the other three historic wharves that extend into Salem Harbor. Bring a lunch and eat at our picnic tables. Remember to carry out your trash!


Explore the Historic Buildings and Grounds

Visit the Custom House, Derby House, and Narbonne House. Visit the Public Stores and Scale House. Stop and smell the flowers in the garden behind the Derby House.


Self-Guided Digital Tours

Explore the park and learn the history of Salem Maritime through two on-line tours: the "History Walking Tour" and the "History of Slavery at Salem Maritime." You may also download the National Park Service Tours by Oncell app on your smartphone and search for Salem Maritime. Start the tours from any location within the park.
Listen to our audio tour from a computer to learn more about the site. Or download the tour to a portable device and take your own self-paced tour around the park. The tour consists of ten stops within the nine acre site.


Beyond Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Learn about America's first iron works at our sibling site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, a 30-45-minute drive from Salem. Learn about other local events and attractions from Destination Salem, the non-profit cooperator that manages tourism in Salem. Visit our nearest national heritage area, the Essex National Heritage Area.

Last updated: February 26, 2020

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160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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