Designed by the architect/artist team of James Cutler and Maggie Smith, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has won national critical acclaim. It was dedicated on August 5, 1992, by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. The Memorial is designed to be a place of respect and reflection.

Striking in its simplicity, the memorial, which is located on Charter Street behind the Peabody Essex Museum, is surrounded on three sides by a handcrafted granite dry wall. Inscribed in the stone threshold entering the memorial are the victims’ protests of innocence. These protests are interrupted mid-sentence by the wall, symbolizing society’s indifference to oppression. Five locust trees, the last to flower and the first to lose their leaves, represent the stark injustice of the trials. At the rear of the memorial, visitors view the tombstones of the adjacent 17th-century Charter Street Burying Point, a reminder of all who stood in mute witness to the hysteria.

Directions to the Memorial are given below.

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Travel Directions

For GPS use, here is the Memorial’s address:

Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Liberty Street
Salem, MA 01970

From the South (Interstates 93 and 95)

  • Take I-93 North to Exit 37-A onto I-95 North.
  • Take Exit 45 (a left exit) toward Route 128 North toward Gloucester.
  • Take Exit 25 onto Route 114 East and follow into Salem.
  • At the junction of routes 114 and 1A (Washington Street and New Derby Street), proceed straight through the traffic lights.
  • Liberty Street will be approximately 1/4 mile on left. Liberty Street is a pedestrians-only road—see Parking below.
  • Walk up Liberty Street past the museums/attractions. The Witch Trials Memorial is on the left at the top of the hill.

From the North (Interstate 93 or 95)

  • Take I-95 South or I-93 South to Route 128 North.
  • Take Exit 45 (a left exit) toward Route 128 North toward Gloucester.
  • Take Exit 25 onto Route 114 East and follow into Salem.
  • At the junction of routes 114 and 1A (Washington Street and New Derby Street), proceed straight through the traffic lights.
  • Liberty Street will be approximately 1/4 mile on left. Liberty Street is a pedestrians-only road—see Parking below.
  • Walk up Liberty Street past the museums/attractions. The Witch Trials Memorial is on the left at the top of the hill.

From West:

  • Take I-90-East to I-95/128 North.
  • At the 95/128 split, take Exit 45 (a left exit) toward Route 128 North to Gloucester.
  • Take Exit 25 onto Route 114 East and follow into Salem.
  • At the junction of routes 114 and 1A (Washington Street and New Derby Street), proceed straight through the traffic lights.
  • Liberty Street will be approximately 1/4 mile on left. Liberty Street is a pedestrians-only road—see Parking below.
  • Walk up Liberty Street past the museums/attractions. The Witch Trials Memorial is on the left at the top of the hill.

Parking
The nearest on-street parking is available at New Derby Street and Hawthorne Blvd.
There are 2 parking garages within a block of the Memorial if on-street parking is not available.

Museum Place Garage: We recommend setting your GPS for the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970.

South Harbor Garage: 10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970.

Public Transportation: Commuter Rail service to Salem Depot is available on the Newburyport/Rockport line from North Station in Boston. Once at Salem Depot, proceed to Washington Street. Continue straight down Washington Street to Front Street and take a left. Front Street becomes Charter Street. The Witch Trials Memorial entrance on Liberty Street is immediately after the old Burying Ground on the right.

Bus service is also available. Bus #455 departs from Haymarket Square and bus #459 departs from Downtown Crossing and stops at Logan Airport along the way. Once in Salem, the closest stop is on New Derby across from Walgreen’s.

For more information for the train or bus, contact the MBTA at (800) 392-6100 or online at www.mbta.com. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes by train, one hour by bus.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial Map

Guidelines for Behavior at the Witch Trials Memorial

Witch Trials Memorial

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial (SWTM) honors those who unjustly lost their lives in 1692. As such, the SWTM is a place of reverence and should be treated with respect and dignity. The Salem Award Foundation raised funds to have the SWTM renovated in 2012. In an effort to maintain these renovations, we are reaching out to everyone who visits the Memorial to help us keep it in the condition it deserves.
Please observe the following guidelines at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial:

  • Please stay on the path!
  • DO NOT climb on the benches or walls.
  • Avoid walking on the grass.
  • DO NOT try to move/remove stones.
  • DO NOT stand on the benches—these are memorials to people whose descendants even today place flowers on the stones.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping this memorial a sacred space.

Other 1692 sites

All of the places listed below have a connection to 1692. They provide different information and viewpoints; some will appeal to children, while others have a more adult perspective.

  • Rebecca Nurse Homestead (Danvers, MA)
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • Cemeteries of Salem: Charter Street Burial Point, Howard Street Cemetery, Broad Street Cemetery
  • Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • The True 1692
  • Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop
  • Witch Dungeon Museum
  • The Witch House

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping this memorial a sacred space.

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