The Salem Witch Museum makes a visit to Salem, Massachusetts complete. The Museum, which opened in 1972, puts you in 1692 where you can experience the legend and tragedy that were the Salem Witch Trials. Guides will take you through the mind-set of what was happening to the accused – and the accusers – during those frightful times, and you will leave with a new understanding of our nation’s history as well as a new appreciation of witchcraft and the stereotypes that are so often misinterpreted. The Salem Witch Museum consistently receives the attention of national and international press, and was featured by such media outlets as the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, Secrets of the Dead, and the Today Show.In 1991, the Salem Witch Museum, along with other cultural institutions in Salem, invited Pulizter Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller, who wrote “The Crucible,” to Salem to launch commemoration events for the 300th anniversary of the Salem witch trials. Miller was a speaker at the opening press conference. The Salem Witch Museum oversaw the design and construction of the memorial built to honor the 20 women and men sentenced to death during the 1692 witch trials. The following year, at the 300th anniversary events, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel came to dedicate the Salem Witch Trial Memorial.Salem, Massachusetts — Accused of making a pact with the Devil, twenty innocent people stood trial and were condemned to die for the practice of witchcraft. Visit the Salem Witch Museum to learn their fate, and dispel the myth behind the powerful word witch. Open daily year round. Extended hours in July, August and October. Admission charged. Translated into Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.Yankee Magazine May 2011A sound-and-light show that re-creates the Salem witch trials of 1692. Very small children may find parts of the show frightening.Yankee Magazine May 2003This Gothic Revival building sets a gloomy mood from the start. A light and sound show tells the grim history of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Absorbing for all ages, but very small children may find some of the effects in the show frightening.Yankee Magazine April 2003
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