Myths & Misconceptions - Walking Tour
The Salem Witch Trials happened over 300 years ago, and it has been dramatized in books, movies, documentaries, and even TV shows. Over the years it has been presented so many times in so many ways that some of the real history gets lost. This tour seeks to uncover the myths, and debunk any misconceptions you might have about the Salem Witch Trials. This walking tour lasts 45 minutes, and includes stops at the Old Burying Point Cemetery, Witch Trials Memorial, and the site of the original 17th century jail.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October (Halloween Week: Tours will be on Wednesday Thursday and Friday; October 28th, 29th and 30th ONLY)
10:00am, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Tour Ticket Prices
Seniors (62+): $7.00
Children (6-16): $5.00
Under 6 FREE
Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Essex Heritage Information Desk in the National Park Service Visitor Center: 2 New Libery Street, Salem MA 01970.
Please call Essex Heritage's Visitor Information Desk (located in the National Park Service Visitor Center) at 978-224-2036. The Visitor Information Desk is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM.
Examine the Evidence - Film
Presented by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service, Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence features authentic dialogue and the latest research by renowned Salem Witch Trial scholars. Scenes depicted in the film were shot at actual locations associated with the Witch Trials of 1692. The sites can still be visited today. Information on how to visit the sites is below, and also available at the main desk of the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem, MA.
Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Locations.
Salem and Essex County have a wealth of structures still standing that witnessed the period of the 1692 witchcraft trials. Download the guide to the sites used in Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence and experience 17th century New England. Download bulletin (pdf).
Visit even more locations throughout Salem and nearby Danvers with a connection to the trials by downloading the Visitor's Guide to 1692. Download brochure (pdf).
Shown daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Movie Ticket Prices:
Seniors (62+): $3.00
Children (6-16): $3.00
Under 6 FREE
Tickets available at:
The National Park Service Visitor Center
2 New Liberty Street Salem, MA 01970
Directed & Produced by
Essex National Heritage Commission
Featuring Renowned Scholars
Director of the Language Center
St. Paul’s School
Dr. Mary Beth Norton
Professor of American History
Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker
Professor of History
Salem State University
Dr. Benjamin Ray
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia
Richard B. Trask
Historian and Archivist
Danvers Archival Center
A special thanks to NPS Park Historian Emily Murphy, PhD.