Eerie Events

Explore the darker side of Salem’s history at one of America’s oldest museums.

A visit to Salem would not be complete without a stop at the only museum with authentic documents and objects from the infamous witch trials of 1692. More than 300 years after this storied crisis, the personal tragedies and grievous wrongs that occurred in this region still provoke reflection.

With a series of events to suit the season, you’ll find both spooky and thought-provoking experiences — such as our new self-guided audio walking tour — all in downtown Salem. Stop by Ropes Mansion, the historic house made famous from its appearance in the Disney movie Hocus Pocus, or join a live curator talk on fascinating topics ranging from bats to horror posters and more. Maybe you’re in the mood for Haunted Histories — historical tales told after dark at PEM's historic properties.

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During the month of October, advanced museum tickets are required.

The Salem Witch Trials Walk

This self-guided audio tour takes you inside the galleries and outside the museum to learn more about the infamous events of 1692. As you view authentic documents and objects and stop at key sites around Salem, PEM curators and experts share a behind-the-scenes perspective of some of the most compelling stories in Salem. Tour is available starting September 23.

Events Calendar

  • The Salem Witch Trials: The Towne Sisters

    The Salem Witch Trials: The Towne Sisters

    In this pop-up experience, view rare original documents that illustrate how the Towne sisters, Rebecca Nurse, Mary Esty and Sarah Cloyce, experienced the trials.

    On view through November 28, 2022

  • Pop-Up Halloween Shop

    Pop-Up Halloween Shop

    Shop costume accessories and unique seasonal specialty goodies. Located at 181 Essex Street in downtown Salem.

    Open Thursday–Sunday, from 11 am–6 pm

  • Hocus Pocus at Ropes Mansion

    Hocus Pocus at Ropes Mansion

    Walk over to Ropes Mansion (318 Essex Street) to see it decorated in the style of classic Salem-based film Hocus Pocus.

    October 1–2 and October 27–31

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