We're famous for our museums

New England Pirate Museum (The)- Salem
An Historical Adventure for Young and Old!
A guided tour through little known history - You are there - Salem dock in 1692, board a full-length pirate ship and explore an 80-foot cave, where you may encounter a rascal or two. Mingle with Captain Quelch and his crew, Blackbeard, Kidd and others who once prowled our coast.
Experience the adventures of New England's sea-robbers. See artifacts from sunken ships and pirate treasures.

Salem Witch Museum- Salem
She afflicts me! She comes to me at night and torments me! She's a witch!
Words such as these struck terror into the hearts of Salem townspeople in the early spring of 1692 as hysterical young girls called out names. The Salem Witch Museum brings you back to Salem - 1692. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration - an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692.

Witch Dungeon Museum- Salem
The most exciting experience in Salem!
Come raise the devil at the Witch Dungeon Museum!
Continuous live shows all day from 10am to 5pm. Award winning reenactment of the trial of beggar-woman Sarah Good - from the original transcript of 1692.
A guided tour of the dungeon, where you will see the poor conditions and the actual size of the cells that the accused were kept in while awaiting their trials. It also includes a recreated village and Gallows Hill.
The mood is set from the moment you enter the museum. You are there - in Salem Village 1692, and you ...

Witch History Museum- Salem
The stories of 1692 are told through a historically accurate live presentation and tour, where you will walk thru the forest, meet Tituba in Rev. Parris' kitchen, visit Old Salem Village and view 15 life size scenes depicting these stories.
The Witch Hysteria not only enveloped Salem, but all 34 towns and villages of Essex County. Hundreds of accused witches filled the jails awaiting trial. Some died in captivity, 19 were hanged and one old man was crushed to death. A Salem minister, accused by teenage girls of being the devil, was captured in ...

Phillips House- Salem
A New England legacy is only a stroll away on one of the most beautiful streets in America.
Historic New England's Phillips House, located at 34 Chestnut Street, holds a unique collection from five generations of the Phillips family.

Today the visitor can tour the house and carriage house to find out what life was like in the early 1900's. The kitchen and pantries tell of the bustling activities of the day, while the grand public areas of the house display ...

Addison Gallery of American Art- Andover
The Addison Gallery of American Art is sited on the campus of Phillips Academy and presents rotating exhibitions. The museum is free and open to the public. Addison Closes for Renovations: July 13, 2008 - Spring 2010

Beauport Sleeper-McCann House/Historic New England
2007 marks the beginning of 100th anniversary of Historic New England's Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, eclectic summer home of interior designer and collector Henry Davis Sleeper.

Beverly Historical Society & Museum
Two historic homes open seasonally and a museum open year round with rotating exhibits, archives, and the Walker Transportation Collection. For more information visit www.beverlyhistory.org

Cape Ann Artisans - Gloucester
Cape Ann Artisans is a group of fifteen artists who hold an open studio tour in scenic Gloucester and Rockport every Spring & Fall.

Cape Ann Museum
The Cape Ann Museum is located in Gloucester, MA, Americas oldest fishing port. Cape Ann has also been a leading center for artists since the 19th century and the source of granite for building projects up and down the East coast. The Cape Ann Museum maintains and exhibits material relating to these major themes.

Cogswell's Grant
"Home of the celebrated collection of American Folk Art compiled by Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little. Paintings, furniture, decoys, and hooked rugs are displayed as the family lived with them."Open June 1-Oct 15 Wednesday - Sunday 11 to 5pm.

Coffin House- Newbury
With rooms reflecting the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Coffin House chronicles the evolution of domestic life in rural New England over three centuries. Built in 1654 the house began as a simple two-room dwelling. Over the centuries as the family grew and finances became more readily available the dwelling was enlarged to accommodate different generations living under one roof. Of particular interest are the early kitchens and buttery. Tours at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Custom House Maritime Museum- Newburyport
Features model ships, including the famous Dreadnaught, rooms devoted to the Coast Guard, ship wrecks, author John P, Marguand and a quilt made a sea.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum- Essex
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is a non-profit cultural organization that tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fighing schooners than any other place in the world.

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center- Gloucester
The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center is an outdoor museum which makes the historical connections between the health of the Gulf of Maine and the health of the related shoreside industries.

Haverhill's Cultural Treasures
The Buttonwoods Museum,Firefighting Museum, Tattersall Farm, Whittier's Birthplace and Winnekenni Castle promote history, science, culture, exciting public events, programs and tours. Private rentals available.

Ipswich Historical Society
Founded in 1890, the Ipswich Historical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1898 to preserve, promote and celebrate Ipswich's rich and diverse history. IHS maintains two historic houses and offers tours of these museums: the 1677 John Whipple House and the 1800 Heard House.

Lowell's Boat Shop
Established in 1793, and cited as the birthplace of the fishing dory, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continously operating boat shop in the United States. As a non-profit working museum the Boat Shops mission is to preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building.

Lynn Historical Society
The Lynn Historical Society invites you to step into the past through its four period rooms, and engage your imagination with furniture, artwork, and everyday objects of the 1770's through the 1870's. General Admission is $4.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children

Lynn Museum
The Lynn Historical Society ( The Lynn Museum ) is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and promoting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Lynn. Our Mission is to maintain and expand a collection of historic artifacts, manuscripts, and printed material relating to the history: disseminate information through research, publications, exibitions, and public programs: and foster an appreciation and understanding of local history to audiences of all ages. Explore the history of Lynn at the Lynn Museum. Located in the Hyde-Mills House, c. 1836, the museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions and a research library.

Marblehead Museum & Historical Society
Jeremiah Lee Mansion, JOJ Frost Folk Art Gallery- 2 sites. The Marblehead Museum & Historical Society will have extended summer hours for the 1768 Lee Mansion and Museum Galleries on Washington St. Both locations will be open Thursday evenings until 7pm, beginning June 5. From 4-7 pm on Thursdays.

North Shore Art Association of Gloucester, Inc.
The North Shore Arts Association, believing in the importance of American Art, is committed to advancing it in every way possible. Formed for the purpose of promoting the advancement and preservation of the fine arts, we take pride in our exhibitions which encourage viewing and acquistion. Contact between May and October.

Old South Church
Old South Church is Newburyport's oldest church building, built in 1756. Tour the historic sanctuary and visit the basement crypt of the Rev. George Whitefield.

Peabody Essex Museum
Explore centuries of extraordinary art, architecture and culture from New England and the world!

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
9.2 acres along scenic waterfront with historic 18th and 19th century structures from Salem's peak years as an international seaport. Includes Custom House (1819), Derby Wharf (c.1760), Derby House (1762), Public Stores (1819), Scale House (1826)

Salem Wax Museum
Wax exhibits recreate Salem Witch Trials and maritime history. The North Shore's only hands-on activity area. The Salem hysteria Pass grants admission into the Wax Museum and the Salem Witch Village; the Nation's first tour on the myths and facts surrounding the subject of witchcraft. Open daily: 9am - 7pm July - Aug, 10am-5pm Sept. - June

Saugus Iron Works
(c. 1646) Commemorates America's first successful integrated iron works. Reconstructed furnace, forge and mill all rebuilt on original foundations. Furnished 17th-century house, museum, blacksmith, gift shop. Daily tours, demonstrations. Open 9-5 in spring, Open 9-4 in winter. Closed Thanksgiving

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
This enchanting 230 acre farm features a unique stone and brick manor house built circa 1690. The farm is a family-friendly site whose activities teach about life on the farm over the centuries. There are animals to visit, trails to walk, and the house is open seasonally.

The House of the Seven Gables- Salem
Tour the mansion made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. Includes author's birthplace, seaside gardens, Museum Store and Garden Cafe. Open year round 10am to 4:30pm daily.

The Lighthouse Preservation Society
The Lighthouse Preservation Society is the nonprofit organization that has made lighthouse preservation a national issue with Congressional hearings, conferences, the sponsorship of National Lighthouse Day and its celebrations, the nomination of 20 U.S. lighthouse postage stamps, and the raising of nearly $6 million for over 160 lighthouse projects. This prestigious group is also the recipient of a Presidential Achievement Award from the federal government for its efforts to preserve our lighthouse heritage.

The Lighthouse Preservation Society's current project is to create a Coast Guard Memorial Park in Newburyport, the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Witches Cottage
Fact, legend, and myth come together for a truly unique experience. Enter the darkened chamber of the Witches Cottage for a live twenty minute show revealing Salem's witchcraft and ghosts. June-Ocotber.

Wenham Museum
The Wenham Museum is a family friendly museum of social history exploring how we have lived, worked, dressed, and played from the 17th century to today. The museum features the Claflin-Richard House c.1690, a world renowned doll collection, dollhouses, costumes and textiles, model trains, toys, historic photographs, the interactive family gallery as well as special exhibits.

Witch House
The 17th century mansion that was once home to witchcraft trials Judge Jonathan Corwin. Guided and self-guided tours avaiable May - November. By appointment November - May 1st. Group Tours welcomed!

Peabody Essex Museum

Perhaps the most influential museum on the North Shore is The Peabody Essex in Salem, definitely a don't miss!