Tullhus
Tullhus

Tullhus

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178 Derby St., Salem, Massachusetts, 01970

The basics

Where taxes were once collected on incoming cargo, the Custom House in Salem is now a historic landmark with exhibits and tours. Architectural flourishes like detailed wood carvings, high ceilings, and a wide staircase enhance the interior, which can be explored in about an hour, including the exhibit of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s office. Some visitors simply admire the architecture from the outside during a visit to the wider Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

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Things to know before you go

  • Salem’s Custom House is a great fit for families seeking educational opportunities and visitors interested in architecture, literature, and history.

  • Restrooms for the Salem Maritime National Historic Site are available at the Central Wharf.

  • Pets are welcome in the outdoor spaces and gardens, but not inside any of the historic buildings or the park store.

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How to get there

The Custom House in Salem is located at 176 Derby Street. Visitors arrive at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on foot, by car, and by public transportation. If you’re driving, the city of Salem has an online map with detailed parking instructions. To reach the site by public transportation, take the bus to Hawthorne Boulevard at Derby Street. You can also stop in the area on the Salem Trolley tour.

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When to get there

Salem’s Custom House operates with limited hours, which can change depending on renovation work and other factors, so check that it’s open before your visit. Salem itself is popular during the fall season, especially around Halloween. To avoid the crowds, plan a visit during the pleasant spring months, but be sure to bring a raincoat.

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Friendship of Salem

Another element of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site is the Friendship of Salem, a replica of the 18th-century ship the Friendship, which serves as a museum detailing local maritime history. Visit this attraction to climb aboard and explore at your own pace. Learn about the original merchant ship, which transported spices, silk, and teas, while seeing the recreated crew cabin and more.

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