This is one of the most memorable attractions in eastern Massachusetts -- it's both interesting and scary. The main draw of the museum (a former church) is a three-dimensional audiovisual presentation with life-size figures. The show takes place in a huge room lined with displays that are lighted in sequence. The 30-minute narration tells the tale of the witchcraft trials and the accompanying hysteria. The well-researched presentation recounts the story accurately, with an enjoyable dash of drama. One of the victims was crushed to death by rocks piled on a board on his chest -- smaller kids might need a reminder that he's not real. The narration is available translated into Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. There's also a small exhibit that traces the history of witches, witchcraft, and witch hunts.
A Face in the Crowd -- On the traffic island across from the entrance to the Salem Witch Museum is a statue that's easily mistaken for a witch. It's really Roger Conant, who founded Salem in 1626.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- Highly Recommended 2010