Salem Witch Museum To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A staple in the City of Salem is set to celebrate its 50th year of enchanting the community.

The Salem Witch Museum turns 50 on Wednesday, May 4, after first opening its doors to the public in 1972. The museum features two sections, one that offers an immersive look into the history of the witch trials using life-size figures, stages, sets, and audio storytelling, and another that takes a look at how the word 'witch' has evolved overtime

Rachel Chris-Doane, the museum's director of education, told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy she can't wait to see what the next 50 years have in store.

"We are growing and expanding as an organization all the time," she said. "We're building new resources and we're doing different events."

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the museum has a special ribbon-cutting event planned this week, along with special social media posts and events in the community throughout the coming months. Chris-Doane said the story of the witch trials and the museum is important in this day and age.

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"This idea of scapegoating people in times of fear is very much a lesson from the witch trials," Chris-Doane said. "The story is so fascinating, the work is so important, and the community is rich and vibrant."

Celebrations will take place throughout the week.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

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