Date Of Visits: October 21, 2017 & February 10, 2018
Location: Essex St, Salem MA (shares the same entrance as Witch Tee’s at 173 Essex St)
Hours: Closed Mon – Thu, Fri: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat & Sun: 12-7 (Hours may vary depending on the season)
Parking: Street parking is accessible throughout Salem and at the parking garages on Congress St and New Liberty St
Handicapped Accessible: The first floor is handicapped accessible but the only way to the second floor is by using a stairwell
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: art made by local artists
Beware! There is a scam in Salem.
But this scam does not involve some shady Nigerian Prince or a bug with your Windows operating system. No, this is an entirely different kind of scam.
SCAM (The Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians) has a wide collection of unique art from artists in Salem and the neighboring areas. I wen there on a whim. It was a busy weekend in Salem just before Halloween. So, I thought I would duck out from the foot traffic and stop in, And, was I glad I did!
I originally visited SCAM in October, 2017. The decor did have a Halloween or spooky theme in some areas and an early Christmas themed work of art.
The entrance way to SCAM is a shared entrance with Witch Tees on the pedestrian walkway on Essex St. Go to the right at the entrance to enter the art museum.
The first floor has a variety of art, novelty items and some merchandise for purchase.
My favorite pieces are the vintage art of celebrities from the past such as the art work with Marlon Brando and Leonard Nimoy. Little known fact: Leonard Nimoy was born in nearby Boston, MA.
I also liked the height chart that corresponded with the height of other celebrities. I was Keanu Reeves! Who knew Lady Gaga was so tiny! I also like how they have Matt Damon’s “crouching height.”
Most of the art is on the second floor. There is a variety of unique art and innovative items on the second floor of SCAM.
Watch out where you step when you go upstairs!
That is just one of them more offbeat pieces of art or entertainment at SCAM.
The works of art on the second floor of SCAM are very creative and impressive. Some of the art on display is for sale.
SCAM is not a very big art museum. You can easily go through the building and view all of the art in 20 minutes or so.
From the outside of the building was yet another innovative work of art!
SCAM changes up their decor and art from time to time. During a recent visit on February 10, I noticed there was a new set up in the front window. I love how they integrate action figures into different locations.
Below is a short video of the display at the front of SCAM.