Things To Do

We invite you to explore Salem Maritime National Historic Site! The national park’s grounds, trails, gardens, and wharfs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The park's historic buildings, tours, and programs operate on a seasonal schedule. Ready?

Visit a Visitor Center

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Salem Armory Visitor Center

Start here to view exhibits, watch films, and chat with a Park Ranger!

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Waite & Peirce

Get your passport stamped and explore this unique museum store!


Explore the Waterfront

Three-masted vessel sailing on the ocean with black hull and white sails

Friendship of Salem

Step aboard this replica tall ship to learn about Salem's global connections and life and work at sea.

A sailboat is in front of a two story wooden building on the edge of the water.

Pedrick Store House

Moved from the neighboring town of Marblehead, warehouses like this one once lined the wharfs filled with goods from around the world.

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Derby Wharf

One of four historic wharfs in the park, walk the Derby Wharf National Recreation Trail that reaches into Salem Harbor.

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Derby Light Station

Once powered by an oil lamp shining through a Fresnel lens, this light station at the end of Derby Wharf, is now solar powered.


Explore Salem Maritime with your dog!

Explore Historic Buildings

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Derby House

Tour this home of a Salem merchant family whose fortunes were tied to trade with slave societies of the West Indies.

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Narbonne House

Visit this "witness house" to the 1692 witch trials which was home to working class families and enterprising single women.

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Public Stores

Step back in time in this warehouse to examine examples of trade goods that would have been stored or impounded here.

Two story brick building with white columns and gold eagle on roof

Custom House

Take in the views from this prominent building where Nathaniel Hawthorne once worked and the U.S. Custom Service operated.

A wooden ramp leads to the side of a small brick building.

Scale House

Check out this small brick building used to store and safeguard the equipment for to weighing and measuring the cargo of ships.


Learn and Tour

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Ranger Guided Programs

Get to know Salem Maritime through tours, special events, family programs, and demonstrations!

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Digital Tours

Travel back in time via an audio tour! Or download a self-guided history walking tour on your device!

On the edge of a piece of land with grass, a row boat full of people is in the water.


Volunteers greet park visitors, conduct research, provide interpretive programs, and much more.

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Become a Junior Ranger

Join the National Park Service "family!" Get your badge, explore, learn, and together we will protect America's National Parks.


Explore Beyond Salem Maritime

Looking for things to do in Salem beyond the borders of the National Park? Find out all you need to know at Destination Salem!
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Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Visit our sibling site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, located only 12 miles away.

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Boston Harbor Islands

Once visited by Salem’s Nathaniel Hawthorne, you too can explore the natural environment and maritime history of the islands.

Two yellow boats on the water with homes visible on the shoreline.

Essex National Heritage Area

Essex County, including its 34 cities and towns, is designated a national heritage and offers rich opportunities to connect people to place.

Last updated: March 2, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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