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The Custom House

178 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5136
+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 01970-5136
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"beautiful building"
in 8 reviews
"park ranger"
in 6 reviews
"maritime history"
in 9 reviews
"golden eagle"
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"parks department"
in 2 reviews
"visitor center"
in 7 reviews
"nice job"
in 2 reviews
"back in the day"
in 2 reviews
"open to the public"
in 2 reviews
"salem trip"
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"worth a visit"
in 3 reviews
"answer questions"
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"on display"
in 2 reviews
"great history"
in 2 reviews
"tour guide"
in 4 reviews
"witch trials"
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"customs"
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

The Custom House offers a historical point of view of the area for free! Great area near the Derby Wharf.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

The problem with Salem is that it is difficult to get away from the association with witch trials. Yet there is so much more to it than a few difficult months in 1692. One way to get another viewpoint is to visit this beautiful building...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

My child and I popped in to see what was in this beautiful building. We were greeted by an NPS guide who gave us a detailed overview of the Custom House's purpose. He did a great job helping my daughter connect to what she'd learned...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Nathaniel Hawthorne worked here and several pieces of his office furniture is placed inside. Beautifully preserved and a graceful building is the first and 12th custom house in Salem port. To solve this mystery ask the Ranger who will be glad to interpret and answer...More

Thank Vicky A
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Large building right in front of the wharf with a golden eagle on the top. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s office, for the short time he worked there, was in this building. You can walk inside and see everything within a few minutes and a docent is available...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

The Custom House was on Derby St. and a typical old New Encland 1600-1700's bldg. used for accounting for and collecting taxes for goods that entered the Port of Salem, MA in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Log books are available to peruse and a...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We noticed this beautiful building as we were walking and decided to explore it. We were glad we did because we learned a bit of area history, which was quite interesting and fascinating too.. The agent was very informative and there were artifacts to see...More

Thank Judith M
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

You can take as much time, or as little time as you like. The female park ranger was wonderful with our children. She focused her talk so they would relate to the events if the past.

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Even though our visit was short, it was a fascinating visit. I enjoyed learning about an early form of taxation in our country's history.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

The house is located right across from Pickering Wharf. Ships would unload their goods at the storehouses at the wharf and then go over to the Custom House to pay their taxes. The building is immense and beautifully restored on the outside. We did not...More

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