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National Park Service Visitor Center

2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
+1 978-740-1650
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Great Movies To Watch About Salem

Enjoyed the movies they have there for free. Gives you a lot of information about Salem. Free maps... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tina123_12
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Salem: Start Here

Obviously is you’re visiting Salem, it most likely has to do with the witch trials, and while... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Lou L
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Long Island, New York
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Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center is an ideal place to begin your visit to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area. National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers will welcome you to the city and to the Heritage Area, and help you plan your visit.
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2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970-3732
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"great place to start"
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"starting point"
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"minute movie"
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"clean restrooms"
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"essex county"
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"rest rooms"
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"a small gift shop"
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"maritime history"
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"your bearings"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the movies they have there for free. Gives you a lot of information about Salem. Free maps were a plus too!!

Thank tina123_12
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Obviously is you’re visiting Salem, it most likely has to do with the witch trials, and while that’s fair, Salem itself boasts a fantastic maritime history as well, and you can learn about both here before venturing out. Located right in the heart of Salem,...More

Thank Lou L
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

So this should have been a good starting point, but apparently in early April they are closed on Mondays (as well as Tuesdays). This makes absolutely no sense to me. Thankfully, there was a park service employee outside the museum who gave us a map...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

We were here on the day the 'government was shutdown' but this facility was still open! They have a lovely gift shop and great information about the area. Also water fountains and clean bathrooms!

Thank rbwriter
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

This NPS visitor center was a great first stop in Salem. We got an overview of Salem's maritime history (the reason for the NPS presence) as well as guidance on other sites to see throughout the town. The staff is knowledgable and helpful though they...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Unclear as to their reason to be, but we appreciated their restrooms and the the curt advice of the docent on duty.

Thank Charles A
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

The National Park Service Visitor Center offers free movies about the area and attractions. There are plenty of souvenirs, helpful staff, and public bathrooms.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Good exhibits, good small children's learning/play area. Informative movies and most helpful staff! Super clean bathrooms too :-)

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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Great place to get information and start your walking tour of Salem. 20 minute free movie that shows the history of Salem. Clean bathrooms. Great place to get maps and ask questions of the National Park Service Employees. There is also a 40 minute movie...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

We where looking for actual bathrooms to use while walking the busy streets of Salem and was told to come here instead of the stinky port o pots that where along the street... Very clean building. Lots to read and check out. Nice large bathrooms...More

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Open 9AM-5PM every day except closed on Thanksgiving, December 25th, and January 1st
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