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Join the Rhode Island PBS Travel Club for Trials of Salem as we explore Salem, Massachusetts, on Thursday, October 10 and discover the rich history of the Salem Witch Trials. Attractions include the Salem Witch Museum, the Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers, the Salem Witch Village, and the Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour.

Motor coach seating is limited and tickets are first come, first served. Your reservation must be made by Monday, September 23. The trip is subject to cancellation if the minimum occupancy is not reached, thank you.

Your Salem Experience

Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its incredible history, including the Salem Witch trials of 1692, the glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for the city’s month-long celebration of Halloween.

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Attractions of Our Trip

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The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History: the Witch Trials of 1692. The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. You will experience the drama of that dark time through 13 life-size stage sets, figures, lighting, and a stirring narration as you are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt.

In the second exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions, guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today, and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.

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The Haunted Neighborhood

Located on a dead-end street, the Haunted Neighborhood is across from the Peabody Essex Museum and adjacent to the Tricentennial Witch Trials Memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery, also known as the Charter Street Cemetery – reputed to be the second oldest burial ground in the country. Interred there are some of Salem’s notables (or notorious), including “The Hanging Judge” John Hathorne, the great-great grandfather of American novelist and Salem native, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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The Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers is an open, gallery-style wax museum, featuring 50 London-made wax figures. The scenes in the galleries depict pinnacle figures and situations in Salem’s history, from its founding in 1626 through the Hysteria of 1692, and into the mercantile trade of the 18th century. The galleries lead down into the interactive area which gives you the opportunity to learn nautical knot tying, do gravestone rubbing on a headstone recreated from the landmark Old Burying Point Cemetery, or get a firsthand experience of detention during the Witch Hysteria by being locked in a life-size recreated jail cell.

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The Salem Witch Village

This guided tour explains the myth versus the reality of witchcraft in both the ancient and modern world. Your tour guide, who is also a practicing witch, will take you through the indoor maze and demonstrate scenes that mark important landmarks in Witchcraft history. The tour discusses the origin of stereotypes - such as devil worship, flying on brooms, and black cats - different persecution periods, such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Burning Times of Europe, and clarifies what it means to be a witch today.

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This walking tour through the streets of historic Salem visits many of the most haunted houses and sites. On this 45-minute tour, discover the history of the buildings, including the different accounts of spirit activity. The tour guide will advise you on the best methods of ghost photography as well as the different types of spectral evidence that appears on people’s home photography. Some highlights of the tour are the Joshua Ward House, the Howard Street Cemetery, Old Salem Prison, and the Lyceum.

Your Itinerary

  • PRIMARY LOCATION: We leave WSBE Rhode Island PBS studios (50 Park Lane, Providence, RI 02907) at 9 a.m. by passenger motorcoach. You must arrive at the studio by 8:30 a.m. for check-in.

  • SECOND PICK-UP LOCATIONPatriot Place (2 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035) All passengers departing from this location must be ready to board the bus at 9:45 a.m. The bus will not wait more than 15 minutes at this location.

  • We arrive in Salem, Massachusetts, by 11:30 a.m.

  • Upon your arrival in Salem, you have an hour of free time to explore the city before our first attraction. We recommend using this time to eat lunch.

  • We will meet in front of the Salem Witch Museum (our drop-off location) at 12:30 p.m. The performance begins at 1 p.m. and lasts up to 90 minutes.

  • After the performance (about 2:30 p.m.), we will walk over to the Haunted Neighborhood (Derby Street).

  • You will receive your tickets for The Salem Wax Museum, Salem Witch Village, and the Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour.

    • The Salem Witch Village is an indoor guided tour where you will hear about the history of witchcraft as a religion. Appropriate for all ages. Approximately 15-30 minutes. (Tours occur every half hour between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

    • Salem Wax Museum is an indoor self-guided tour where you can learn about the history of Salem and the witchcraft hysteria. Appropriate for all ages. Approximately 15-30 minutes. (May redeem admission ticket at any time during opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

  • Our Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour begins at 6 p.m. All visitors must meet in front of the Candlelit Tour booth (end of Derby Street) by 5:45 p.m.

    • The Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour is an approximately 45-minute walking tour through downtown Salem, stopping at haunted sites to hear the stories behind them.

  • After the Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour, the group will walk over to our drop-off location (The Salem Witch Museum). The motorcoach will depart Salem at approximately 7 p.m.

  • We will arrive at Patriot Place by 8:15 p.m. and WSBE Rhode Island PBS studios by 9 p.m.

Please note: The itinerary is subject to change. This tour involves activities such as walking for a period of time, climbing steps, navigating uneven terrain and getting on and off transportation. It is the responsibility of the traveler to review the itinerary and determine if it is suitable for his/her physical condition. The trip is subject to cancellation if the minimum occupancy is not reached, thank you.

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