Salem Witch Museum Online Exhibit

The Malleus Maleficarum (the Hammer of Witches) [1600]

Salem Witch Museum Exhibits

Witch trials began in Europe in the early fifteenth century and continued well into the eighteenth century. Over time, fear spread to the colonies, resulting in witch panics, such as the Salem witch trials. While it is challenging to assess the total number of executions that took place throughout this period, it is estimated 90,000 individuals were prosecuted on witchcraft related charges, resulting in approximately 45,000 executions. Here you will see a selection of objects related to the historic reality of witch trials from their collection. These objects relate both to the European witch trials as well as the 1692 Salem witch trials.

If you are unable to travel to Salem, Massachusetts right now, you can take a little mini tour of their online exhibit here:

Witch Trials Online Sites Tour

The Museum also has a virtual tour of the local sites! The online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to view locations around Essex and Middlesex counties and a few key sites in and around Boston that are related to the events of the year 1692. You may select a town or city below to view pictures (where available) and read about the sites in these locations. This section contains descriptions of the sites from the witchcraft trials which can still be seen today, including original houses, foundations, grave sites, and sites marked by historic markers.

Check out the interactive map here:

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