Salem, Massachusetts: New England Pirate Museum

Bloody pirate lore: a change of pace from all of the bloody witch lore elsewhere in Salem.
Address:
274 Derby St., Salem, MA
Directions:
Downtown, just west of Pickering Wharf and next to the Salem Beer Works restaurant.
Hours:
May-Oct. daily 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
978-741-2800
RA Rates:
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New England Pirate Museum

As it turns out, there's more than just pointy hats, scarlet letters, gabled houses and sour-looking judges in Salem. There are also pirates.

Salem was a bustling seaport in its day, and a few of the Carribean's most infamous originally shipped out to sea from the New England area. This museum gives a quick and informative tour (complete with snarling and sass from the costumed tour guide) of some of the more nefarious characters, including the grisly endings of the pirates' stories. The presentation and displays are pretty good, and the gift shop can provide something to break up all that witch memorabilia the rest of the town loads you up on.

[Jesse Heindl, 08/30/2006]

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