Salem Historical Tours


Tour du Jour

Come be amazed at the history you will discover! 

Salem is full of rich history and there is no way that one tour can

provide 400 years of information in one hour. Every day at 3 p.m., we

have a different tour in various subjects. Some are tours that we used

to do, while  others are new and yet others tie to current events.

You can also stop by or call ahead for reservations at 978.745.0666

There is limited availability on this tour.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, military & veterans

and $6 for children 6-12-years-old


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The type of tour is subject to guide availability. 



Nathaniel Hawthorne                                              Arthur Miller

Book Talk Book Walk: A Literary Tour of Salem

Every Sunday at 3 p.m.

Salem is the home of the world-renowned American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose novels

and short stories are still read throughout the world today. There are many other writers

who made Salem their home and yet others who used our city as inspiration for their novels.

Come stroll our streets and learn what famous books are connected to Salem.



                                                                                                                  John Remond                 Charlotte Forten

African-American History Tour

Every Monday at 3 p.m.   

Come stroll the streets of Salem and learn the history

of local African Americans, who made great contributions to our society,

the abolitionist movement and its impact. 



TV & Movie Tour

Every Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Salem has worked its way into Hollywood as several hundred TV shows and movies

have referenced our witch hysteria, but were shot in studios or locations throughout

the US and Canada. However, many have been shot on location here in our wonderful city.

You will be surprised which movies were here and they are not all about our notorious past.

Moviemakers love our dramatic architecture, picturesque waterfront and historic streets.

We’ll bring you around to the locations and name the TV show or movie as well as the actors

and what they did. Then when you watch the movie again, you’ll recognize those locations.



                                         First Church in Salem (Unitarian Universalist)                                                                                                   St. Peter's Church (Episcopal)     

Religious History Tour

Every Wednesday at 3 p.m.   

Salem started as a community of strict Puritans, whose intolerance led to the witchcraft trials.

Since then, the population has made a 180 degree change and is home to close to 30 churches

and just about every religious denomination you can think of. Some are still here but others

have left. We also have the largest Wiccan community in the country. We'll tell you

the history of many of the active churches and also the history of some of previous

churches and where they were located.



Jeremethiel Peirce House (aka Peirce-Nichols House)

Grand Houses of Salem & Architecture Tour

  Every Thursday at 3 p.m.

Salem is a vibrant community rich in resplendent and varied architecture, spanning nearly

four centuries. Explore our historic downtown and myriad architectural styles that are indicative

of each  century which so transformed rudimentary colonial village into a thriving contemporary

city. From first  period to post modern, many architectural motifs are well represented in

splendid Salem. Every graceful arch and dramatic facade tells a story


Olde Salem Seaport Tour

Every Friday at 3 p.m.

Come walk the Olde Salem Seaport and learn how it used

to look back in the 1700s. You'll walk where water used to be and

be able to visualize the greatness of Salem during the Great Age of Sail.


Mid-day Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

Every Saturday at 3 p.m.

You've always wanted to take the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour but can't stay late.

This is our same ghost tour we give at night but a one-hour version. It's still creepy

because the ghosts don't go away because the sun is out.