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The Custom House

178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour only.
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178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-740-1650
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Maritime history is rich in Salem and each time we visit we learn more. The customs house tour is free, given by our National Parks Service. The best thing you can do is read some of its history online and then bring your questions. The...More

Thank vzescape
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Gives you a good insight in to the history of Salem from when it was the main port on the eastern seaboard. Full of original maritime artefacts. Worth a visit.

Thank MyBlueSoul
Reviewed 13 April 2017

went in as part of a tour , the group was large and they could only let 25 inside at a time, it ios 3 small rooms, and nothing particularly remarkable about the customs house, they told of the period artifacts and décor, but as...More

Thank PDHoliday2015
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Very good tour guide gave us an interesting overview of life of the sailors and traders. No fee and short tours but good.

Thank Retiredtraveler56
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We just happened upon this place as we were walking down the roads in Salem. It was very quaint and full of history and wonderful artifacts. It is smaller on the inside, couldn't go upstairs, so it can get crowded pretty quickly, but you definitely...More

Thank Heather B
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Got a great FREE tour by booking at the visitor center. Really knowledgeable and friendly tour guide from the Parks Department.

1  Thank dr_chrispy
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited Salem on a wet day in October and decided to visit the Custom House. Brilliant engagement from guide - very informative. View out the front door to the sea is amazing and to imagine how things used to be is really interesting. They bring...More

1  Thank NottinghamRed
Reviewed 19 November 2016

The House is huge but you only get to see the lower 3 rooms due to renovations. Our guide was wonderful and full of information

1  Thank KathyM1986
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Stately offices of the old Custom House face the sea and evoke thoughts of what it must have been like to have to pass through here documenting cargo from afar. The office rooms have loads of artifacts in them and there is a lot of...More

Thank AnneMarie B
Reviewed 28 October 2016

So interesting to see what the old clipper ships carried in their holds and delivered to Salem to merchants for resale. Love learning history this way! We were fortunate that it was open as we came by and we stopped in for a quick history...More

Thank Winnekini
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