Live the History!
What does 2021 have in store for us? We are optimistic that the worst is behind us, and we would love to open our doors again. We have missed you. We have missed our trolley tours, our live monthly meetings, our museum tours, and special events. And we are ready!
Even though our doors officially remain closed, please call us if you would like to come in, make a donation, or do some research. We are accommodating our community and friends on a limited basis. We appreciate the support that so many of you have given us this past year.
Happy New Year! Stay safe and well.
Our Gift Shop remains open by appointment only.! We still have 2021 calendars, Salem crocks, toys, cookbooks, local history books, jewelry, and so much more.
Per state mandates, we require that you wear a mask.
Call to make an appointment. We'd love to have you! We believe you will be surprised on the variety of items available at the gift shop. Visitors will receive a 100 page SPIRIT OF SALEM ‘76’ – Bicentennial Edition which contains events of Salem’s History during the visit
The Underground Railroad will be the topic of our next online Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 7pm. The speakers will be our own docents, Elaine Reiter and Ken Mann. We will continue doing presentations on the second Tuesday of each month. To attend this live event, log on to our facebook page, TheSalemHistoricalSociety. All meetings will be taped and made available through the link below.
We have hundreds of special artifacts on display and over 12 rooms in our four buildings that offer theme contents. Sunday tours begin at the entrance to Pearce Building at 208 South Broadway.
Museum Tours are given from
May through the end of October each Sunday from 1-4pm and every Second Saturday from 1-4pm.
Both group and individual tours are also available by appointment.
Each year, over 1,000 passengers including school children, out-of-town visitors, and residents take advantage of our various trolley tours:
with plans to add tours for Charles Burchfield and Alan Freed.
The trolley participates in community events and is rented for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and other celebrations.
The Museum Gift Shop is located on the lower level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library facing South Lundy and is open during our regular hours or by appointment.
The gift shop offers Salem-related merchandise, some of which are exclusive.
The Dale Shaffer Research Library has books and file cabinets full of articles, original documents, photos, and other archival material for almost any subject and many people related to Salem and the surrounding areas.
Our staff is knowledgeable and willing to help. Visit us during business hours or call to make other arrangements.
Join us! Benefits of membership:
The Salem Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. While the museum gathers operating funds from museum tours and foundation grants, we largely rely on donations, both big and small from our membership and our community. These donations are always used wisely and are greatly appreciated.