Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salem Maritime, the first National Historic Site in the National Park System, was established to preserve and interpret the maritime history of New England and the United States. The Site consists of about nine acres of land and twelve historic structures along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts, as well as a Visitor Center in downtown Salem. The Site documents the development of the Atlantic triangular trade during the colonial period, the role of privateering during the Revolutionary War, and the international maritime trade, especially with the Far East, which established American economic independence after the Revolution. The Site is also the focal point of the Essex National Heritage Area, designated in 1996, which links thousands of historic places in Essex County around three primary historic themes: colonial settlement, maritime trade, and early industrialization in the textile and shoe industries.
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The Regional Visitor Center on New Liberty Street is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week. The Visitor Center is closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
From Route 128:
From Route 128, take exit 25A, Route 114 East to Salem.
Follow Route 114 into Salem where it will become North Street, then Summer Street (pass the Witch House on the right).
Turn left onto Norman Street and then stay straight through the traffic light onto Derby Street (note: Route 114 will turn right at this corner toward Marblehead).
Follow Derby Street throught the traffic light straight past the Beverly Cooperative Bank to the next intersection.
To Salem Maritime National Historic Site on the Historic Waterfront
If you are visiting Salem Maritime National Historic Site on the waterfront, park in the pay-parking garage on this corner.
Walk east on Derby Street (continuing in the same direction) for about three minutes past the hotel and Pickering Wharf to the Orientation Center on Derby Street.
There are two handicapped parking spots and a number of metered parking spots on Derby Street across from the Orientation Center.
To the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem
If you are heading to the Regional Visitor Center, turn left onto Hawthorne Boulevard.
At the light turn left onto Essex Street.
The Visitor Center is at end of Essex Street on right corner.
There is a pay-parking garage across the street from the Visitor Center.
Salem is about half an hour from Boston by public transportation. From North Station, take the Newburyport/Rockport line to the Salem Depot. Buses #450 and #455 go from the Haymarket station in Boston to the Salem rail depot. From the Salem Depot, it is about a five minute walk to the Regional Visitor Center. Walk up the stairs, and cross Bridge Street at the traffic light. Proceed straight down Washington Street to Church Street (there is a Ben and Jerry's and a bank on opposite sides of the street at the corner)and take a left on Church. Proceed down Church Street to the Visitor Center on New Liberty Street, past the Museum Place Mall and the Municipal Parking Garage.
From the end of June to the beginning of September, Salem is also accessible from Boston by a high-speed ferry. It is approximately 45 minutes to Salem from Boston by ferry. The ferry docks at Blaney Street in Salem. It is approximately a five minute walk from the ferry dock to Salem Maritime NHS. At the corner of Blaney Street and Derby Street, turn left on Derby Street. Salem Maritime is five very short blocks from Blaney Street.