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Salem Historical Society & Museum is helping to preserve Salem's historical treasures and to provide education for our youth, community and visitors. In turn, the Museum will continue to grow and provide the community and visitors with experience that will surprise and enlighten all to what Salem, Ohio has to offer.
The Museum The buildings depict life at the turn of the 19th century. Items on display represent a wide range of subject housed in themed rooms: One-Room School, General Store, Clothing Room, Doctor's Office, Old-Fashioned Kitchen, Music Room, Industrial Room, Victorian Bedroom, Victorian Parlor, and Toy Room. Special displays and exhibits include: Citizens of Honor, Salem China Co., cultural collections, old store equipment, and vintage photo displays of local history which help to tell the Salem story. While you are here, visit Freedom Hall (on the museum grounds). It was built as a replica of Salem's Liberty Hall, the meeting place for the Western Headquarters of the Anti-Slavery Society. The building focuses on freedom issues of Anti-Slavery and Women's Rights. Freedom Hall honors people of early Salem who risked their lives to attain liberty of their fellow citizens. Other displays feature blacksmith tools and an authentic 50's barber shop. Equipment from early farms, mills, and homes, and may Civil War items are also on exhibit. A restored 1923 Ford 'doctor's coupe' is showcased in the Sprowl Garage with other Salem automotive artifacts. The beautiful Heritage Garden on the Museum grounds is the home to a variety of herbs and flowers. The garden also contains items from local buildings, including an iron fountain that had once been used to water horses along Salem's streets. There is so much to see and experience at the Salem Historical Society & Museum. Our community has been a crossroads and canvas for historic events and personalities. You won't want to miss this stop in America's history.