June 20, 2024

New Artifacts on Display at the Salem Witch Museum

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The Salem Witch Museum is excited to announce the unveiling of two new artifact cases in our exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions.” This addition has been a long-term goal since we acquired a 1600 edition of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum in 2018 and began expanding our collection.

First Exhibit Case: Historical Books on Witchcraft

The first exhibit case features four significant books from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries:

  1. 1600 Edition of Malleus Maleficarum: This notorious witch hunter’s manual is bound with ten demonological treatises, second only to the Bible in sales for nearly two centuries.
  2. 1586 Edition of De Praestigiis Daemonum: Authored by Johann Weyer, this book, bound with Abraham Saur’s Theatrum De Veneficis, is considered the first to criticize the witch persecutions in Europe openly.
  3. 1729 Edition of The Secrets of the Invisible World Disclos’d: Written by Andrew Morton, a pseudonym for Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe.
  4. 1796 Edition of More Wonders of the Invisible World: Authored by Robert Calef, this book provides a critical perspective on the early modern belief in witchcraft.

These books offer a diverse range of insights into early modern beliefs about witchcraft, from manuals that fueled witch hunts to texts that criticized them.

Second Exhibit Case: Witchcraft in Popular Culture

The second case showcases four objects that highlight the evolving perception of witchcraft in popular culture:

  1. 1868 Edition of Les Secrets Merveilleux De La Magie Naturelle Du Petit Albert: A famous grimoire (book of magic).
  2. 1919 Booklet “Your Fortune in a Tea Cup”: Produced by Dr. V.M Pierce, this booklet reflects early 20th-century interest in fortune-telling.
  3. Signed First Edition of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: This novel reimagines the story of the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz.
  4. Signed First Edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Part of the iconic Harry Potter series that has captivated audiences worldwide.

Ongoing Renovations and Future Plans

This new installation is part of our ongoing series of renovations. We are thrilled to see the culmination of years of effort come to life and look forward to continuing this important work. The Salem Witch Museum remains committed to providing enriching and educational experiences for our visitors, and these new artifacts significantly enhance our exhibit.

Visit us to explore these fascinating artifacts and learn more about the evolving perceptions of witchcraft through history and popular culture.

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The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History, the Salem witch trials of 1692. The museum consists of two presentations. The first provides an immersive look into the events of 1692. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and narration as they are witness