Located in a nondescript brownstone church in Salem, Massachusetts, the Salem Witch Museum, as it is known, has been around since the 1970s. The museum is made up of two separate presentations, the main exhibit and the ancillary. Using a combination of both digital and augmented reality, the museum’s interactive exhibits can be used to explore the history of the town and the witches of Salem. The museum’s most popular exhibit is a life-size video presentation titled Witches of Salem. The video features thirteen life-size stage sets, a few actors, and the impressive-looking ‘Clarke’ statue. The museum is open to the public on weekends only, so be sure to make a reservation.
The museum also hosts an expo for local vendors and artists of all types, including crafters of fine woodworking and jewelry. This is a great chance to stock up on some of the finest in the business, including some of the best gift ideas for Christmas or to pick up a few last-minute items for that special someone. This is also a great time to take a peek at some of the newest exhibits on display. Aside from the expo’s many displays, you can also check out the museum’s collection of antiques. Among the relics, you’ll find a slew of antique gizmos, including a ratty old bourbon barrel and an old school telephone booth. You’ll also find a small but well-stocked collection of fine art, including a few hulking’stacks’. The museum’s collection of fine art is one of the best in the state, if not the entire country.
The museum’s gift shop is also a trove of tchotchkes. From a pair of well-priced sterling silver ‘chandeliers’ to a smattering of framed art prints, you’ll find something to suit your style. The main drawback is that the museum’s gift shop closes early, so make sure to plan your visit well in advance.