Salem, Massachusetts, itinerary ideas:
History: The Salem Witch Museum shares the emotional and dramatic activities that surrounded the Salem witch trials. Listen to the main presentation (from actual trial documents), and get a feel for the dark time and the lies that surrounded that point in American history. A presentation provides an overview of the events at the trials. An exhibit guides students through the changing interpretations of witches and the phenomenon of witch hunting.
Literature: Explore the 350-year-old Turner Ingersoll Mansion at the House of the Seven Gables. Take a guided group tour of the home that served as the setting for The House of the Seven Gables in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel. While visiting, be sure to see the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Make a stop at the Salem Athenaeum to learn more about the community through a collection of books and documents at the historic library. The library offers educational programs.
Art: The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the largest museums in the nation and is home to 1.8 million pieces of art from around the New England region and the world. Experience art from the 1700s to today in the form of sculptures, photos, paintings, architecture and drawings. Collections include African Art, Indian Art, Architecture, Asian Export Art, Maritime Art and History, and Oceanic Art.