Trails & Sails

Discover special places in your backyard from Friday Sept. 17 through Sunday Sept. 26! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails! Visit trailsandsails.org for a list of events around the region....

Architectural Treasure Hunt

Celebrate iconic buildings in Salem’s McIntire Historic District by going on an Architectural Treasure Hunt! Use the answer bank to identify features of the following places: Hamilton Hall, Historic New England’s Phillips House, Pickering House and Salem Athenaeum. At each property, you will find a fact sheet challenging you to identify the building’s architectural details....

Black Women of Essex County

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites invite you to explore and learn about the history of African American people, cultures, and communities in Essex County. Residents, historians, and scholars alike have been working to unearth this history and recover these fascinating stories in order to provide a fuller account of the county’s...

“Salem Stories” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

Organized by the architecture of the alphabet, Salem Stories presents 26 vignettes about the people, places and events that made Salem, Massachusetts, the city it is today. The exhibition starts at “A is for Always Indigenous” to acknowledge the Native communities who have lived for millennia on the land where the museum now sits. It...

“In American Waters” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power of the sea in American life. Oceans play a key role in American society no matter where we live, and the sea continues to inspire painters today to capture its mystery and power. In American Waters reveals that marine...

“The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming” at the Peabody Essex Museum

More than 300 years after the Salem witch trials, artistic imaginations remain engaged by the personal tragedies and grave injustices of this historic crisis. In this exhibition, learn more about factors that fueled the hysteria and individuals who rose to defend those unjustly accused and explore two creative responses by artists with ancestral links to...

“Alexander Reisfar: The Death of Gods and Masters” at the Satanic Temple

Alexander has lended his brush to many bands over the years, his album covers include Arch Enemy, Sabbath Assembly, Lungs, and Silver Talon. A full album cover discography can be found here. Reisfar was the artist in residence at the John Natsoulas Gallery in 2012, where he became a member of the Davis Mural Team....

Inside the Daniels House

Built by a shipwright and captain in 1667, the Stephen Daniels House offers a rare look inside a 17th century mansion built when Salem was on the frontier of New England. You’ll get an intimate look at original details from the Witch Trials, American Revolution and beyond. These walls have seen it all. The Daniels...

Broom Making, Book Binding

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your creative and magickal works! Personalize your projects with pendants, herbs, dried flowers, bones, charms, stencils. Workshops run every hour by appointment from Thursday – Sunday. Extra time slots available upon...

17th Century Elderflower Remedies

The Elder-Mother: According to the language of flowers, the elderflower is the flower of compassion. Join us to explore the fables and folklore of this fascinating plant and it’s use in medicines throughout the centuries. Learn more here.

17th Century Elderflower Recipes

The Elder-Mother: According to the language of flowers, the elderflower is the flower of compassion. Join us to explore the fables and folklore of this fascinating plant and it’s use in medicines throughout the centuries. Learn more here.

Rising Tides: Salem and the Sea

A walk along Salem’s coastline is a journey through time. Join us as we trace this old port city’s complex relationship with the sea; from boom to bust to the very real threat to our historic structures from climate change. This city’s past, present and future is inextricably tied to the ocean. Special Instructions: Wear...

Salem Séances at Omen

Step into the Spirit Parlor of Omen and experience an authentic Salem Séance with a true spirit medium. Our gifted psychics were born with the uncanny ability to connect with our loved ones on the other side. Our departed yearn to reach out to us from beyond and the psychic mediums at Omen have helped...

Trails & Sails

Discover special places in your backyard from Friday Sept. 17 through Sunday Sept. 26! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails! Visit trailsandsails.org for a list of events around the region....

Architectural Treasure Hunt

Celebrate iconic buildings in Salem’s McIntire Historic District by going on an Architectural Treasure Hunt! Use the answer bank to identify features of the following places: Hamilton Hall, Historic New England’s Phillips House, Pickering House and Salem Athenaeum. At each property, you will find a fact sheet challenging you to identify the building’s architectural details....

Black Women of Essex County

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites invite you to explore and learn about the history of African American people, cultures, and communities in Essex County. Residents, historians, and scholars alike have been working to unearth this history and recover these fascinating stories in order to provide a fuller account of the county’s...

Salem Village Witch Hunt Walking Tour

Salem is where people visit to learn about the 1692 witchcraft trials. Three judges lived here as well as accusers and accused. The court was here as well as the hanging site. But Danvers, formerly Salem Village, is where it first began. Visit several significant historical sites including the remains of the parsonage where Reverend...

“In American Waters” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power of the sea in American life. Oceans play a key role in American society no matter where we live, and the sea continues to inspire painters today to capture its mystery and power. In American Waters reveals that marine...

“Salem Stories” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

Organized by the architecture of the alphabet, Salem Stories presents 26 vignettes about the people, places and events that made Salem, Massachusetts, the city it is today. The exhibition starts at “A is for Always Indigenous” to acknowledge the Native communities who have lived for millennia on the land where the museum now sits. It...

“The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming” at the Peabody Essex Museum

More than 300 years after the Salem witch trials, artistic imaginations remain engaged by the personal tragedies and grave injustices of this historic crisis. In this exhibition, learn more about factors that fueled the hysteria and individuals who rose to defend those unjustly accused and explore two creative responses by artists with ancestral links to...

Salem Athenaeum Tour

Visitors will receive a guided tour of the Salem Athenaeum building along with a brief history of the institution (established 1760). Select books from the library’s Historical Collection will be on display. Special Instructions: The building is not handicapped accessible. The tour involves stairs. Tours will start on the hour. Reservations: https://www.salemathenaeum.net

“Alexander Reisfar: The Death of Gods and Masters” at the Satanic Temple

Alexander has lended his brush to many bands over the years, his album covers include Arch Enemy, Sabbath Assembly, Lungs, and Silver Talon. A full album cover discography can be found here. Reisfar was the artist in residence at the John Natsoulas Gallery in 2012, where he became a member of the Davis Mural Team....

Inside the Daniels House

Built by a shipwright and captain in 1667, the Stephen Daniels House offers a rare look inside a 17th century mansion built when Salem was on the frontier of New England. You’ll get an intimate look at original details from the Witch Trials, American Revolution and beyond. These walls have seen it all. The Daniels...

Ropes Mansion Tours

Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 Free | 318 Essex Street No reservations required Built in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ropes Mansion is recognized as one of New England’s most significant historic structures. Stop by to freely explore the 15 rooms at your own pace. PEM Guides are...

Broom Making, Book Binding

Craft a rustic broom from scratch or bind your own leather grimoire, book of shadows, spell book, art or dream journal- something for all your creative and magickal works! Personalize your projects with pendants, herbs, dried flowers, bones, charms, stencils. Workshops run every hour by appointment from Thursday – Sunday. Extra time slots available upon...

“Artoberfest” at Salem Arts Association

We invited our local artists to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween.  The resulting exhibit represents their diverse interpretations of the theme and how, by bringing them together, we create a collective understanding of it. SEPTEMBER 4 THROUGH NOVEMBER 6, 2021 The artwork in Artoberfest is exhibited in our galleries at 159 Derby Street, our virtual online...

Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is heading back for the second year to Salem Common for our Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival! Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites such as fall-off-the-bone BBQ, gourmet mac n cheese, fried chicken sandwiches, creamy ice cream, and more! Offering dozens of...

Fish Seining Demonstration on the Beach

See and learn about the fishes living in Salem Harbor. At this seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff will drag a large seining net through the water onto the beach. We’ll examine the catch and coastal scientists will talk about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound. ​​Special Instructions: Meet at the beach next...

Sun Print Workshop

Explore the museum’s historic Ropes Mansion gardens then join then join photographer Patricia Scialo to capture your own sun prints, also known as cyanotypes, of natural items in the garden. This program is made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund. Reservations: pem.org