New England Pirate Museum
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The unique and little-known history of New England sea-robbers comes alive at the Pirate Museum. Relive the adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, who roamed freely offshore, plundering merchant ships.
Participate in an educational, historically accurate, and entertaining live walking tour with a qualified guide who encourages student participation and questions.
The 20- to 30-minute tour starts in the artifacts room with authentic pirate treasures, followed by a stroll through a colonial seaport, aboard a pirate ship, and into an eighty-foot cave.
Notorious pirate captains, such as Kidd, Blackbeard, Bellamy and Quelch, roamed the waters off Boston's North Shore, known as the Gold Coast, while so-called witches were being hanged at Salem.
Like many of today's New Englanders, pirates spent their winters in the tropics and their summers here. Most 17th and 18th-century pirates were, in fact, New Englanders and New Yorkers, with gold and silver from Central America and merchandise from Europe.
The museum is open May through October from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, along with weekends in November and some nights during Haunted Happenings.
Children (4-13 yrs): $6.00
Seniors (65+): $7.00
274 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970 map
Salem is located 16 miles north of Boston, and is a convenient 30 minute drive. Take Rte. 128 North, Exit 25A and follow Rte. 114 East. In Salem, follow signs to Waterfront, and The New England Pirate Museum.
Next to the Salem Beer Works
Across from Pickering Wharf
5 Minute Walk from Salem Train Depot
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