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Salem is perhaps the most famous town in Massachusetts, with a population of 41.340 residents, according to the 2010 census. The cultural identity of Salem reflects its role as the location of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692: the police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, the Salem High School athletic teams are named the Witches. Tourists know Salem as a mix of important of historical sites, New Age and Wiccan boutiques, and kitschy Halloween or with-themed attractions. 

With its motto “Experience the Unexpected”, Salem, Massachusetts is a destination rich in history with an eye on the future.  Known mostly as the place of the infamous witch trials of 1692, Salem also has other attractions for its many visitors to enjoy.


5 Things You Must Do in Salem

1. Cry Innocent Tears.  No trip to Salem would be complete without a stop at Cry Innocent, a historical reenactment of the trial of Bridget Bishop, accused witch.  Visitors to this attraction become part of the trial jury, participate in the trial and decide on the verdict.

2. House of Seven Gables. The House of Seven Gables is the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter. During the tour of New England's oldest mansion, take time to climb the secret staircase and enjoy the beautiful waterfront gardens.

3. The New Enlgand Pirate Museum. The New England Pirate Museum gives everyone the chance to board a full-size pirate ship and go cave exploring.  Guided tours are offered from May through October.

4.  Salem Witch Museum. The Salem Witch Museum provides a detailed look at the hysteria that brought on the 1692 trials.  Through a multimedia presentation (lights, life size figures and narrative), visitors get a glimpse of what it was like during the trials.  It's other exhibits focus on witchcraft and other related subjects.

5. Peabody Essex Museum. The Peabody Essex Museum brings history into modern times.  With an extensive collection of American art, examples of New England homes, maritime memorabilia and an exciting Family Center, this museum is stunning and fun for the whole family.

Top Attractions Within Salem 

Witch Dungeon Museum is an extremely educational place, and at the same time, it is a bit spooky, unique and one of a kind. There is even a witch re-enactment of the trial beggar-woman Sarah good, from the original transcript of 1692. There is a guided tour of the dungeon, including a recreated village and Gallows Hills. The museum is open every day, April through November and some evenings during haunted happenings in October. 

Salem Witch Museum presents a dramatic look at the Witch Trials of 1692. There is an exhibition, called Witches: Evolving Perceptions looks at the origins of witchcraft and cites examples of which hunts. The Museum has got a very creepy church and life-size mannequins that give the tourists a real scare. The building itself is set in an old Gothic church from the 1880s, so the architecture is phenomenal. The staff is also very knowledgeable and well informed. 

In a Pig's Eye is one of the best restaurants in Salem, as it provides good food at a very affordable price. The atmosphere is very calm and pleasant, reminiscent of an old-fashioned family home. The menu varies from European to Asian cuisine. It has also got a fine selection of Italian wines. Should you come here, you will not regret, as every taste bud will be satisfied.
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