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The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

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The House of the Seven Gables embodies Salem's rich history. The house was built in 1668 for Captain John Turner, one of the wealthiest men in the Massachusetts Colony. Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized the building in an 1851 gothic novel that carries the house’s name. Today, the mansion is a nonprofit museum that celebrates American history and Hawthorne's work. The museum offers guided tours through immaculate gardens and rooms equipped with historically accurate antiques. There are regular educational events, workshops, and period performances. Check the online schedule to see what’s on during your visit and to make reservations. To visit The House of the Seven Gables and other attractions in Salem, use our Salem road trip site.
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The House of the Seven Gables reviews

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  • You don't have to be a fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne to enjoy this. The tour guides are great storytellers. Great place to enjoy some Salem history and architecture. 
    You don't have to be a fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne to enjoy this. The tour guides are great storytellers. Great place to enjoy some Salem history and architecture.  more »
  • Amazing house with many rooms and nooks awaiting your discovery. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and humorous, inducting us to the rich histories and contexts within. Exceeding expectations! 
    Amazing house with many rooms and nooks awaiting your discovery. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and humorous, inducting us to the rich histories and contexts within. Exceeding expectations!  more »
  • Amazing tour with a very informative guide. An absolute MUST. Book your tickets in advance as tickets tend to sell out rather fast. 
    Amazing tour with a very informative guide. An absolute MUST. Book your tickets in advance as tickets tend to sell out rather fast.  more »
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  • A must see stop if you're visiting historic Salem and want some great history of the colonial days. Absolutely beautifully restored homes from the famous novel and historic Salem. The tour is a must if you want to view the interior of the homes, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had answers for every question we could think of. I really thought it was cool that we got to go up the hidden staircase was super neat and unexpected. Well worth the money for the tour (it's the only way you can view the interior of the homes anyways).
  • I love touring historical homes, and this one was fabulous. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was very patient with those of us who really wanted to soak it in, especially with pictures. Everything about this historical home (and the grounds) was beautiful. This, along with The Daniel's House, made the trip to Salem worth it. Big Zero for the rest of Salem, which is just a big tourist trap, mainly for those interested in the occult. I took a ton of pictures, but I've only attached a few. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here!!!
  • My three friends and I thoroughly enjoyed coming here. Great history and plenty of photos to take. The gift shop was super cute. And the views of the garden/property and water views were beautiful when we were there on 10/09/2022. I'm so glad we had this on our list of places to visit on our 3 day trip. We came all the way from Pennsylvania and had been planning this trip for 2 year's and had to wait because of Covid. We're all hoping to come again next year as well. Thank you to everyone working here. Everyone was so friendly and nice. I sure hope someone was okay, as we were leaving there was an ambulance, fire rescue and police there.
  • We did the guided tour instead of just the grounds tour and it was definitely worth it. We were able to hear all the history from a tour guide as we toured the mansion which isn't included on the grounds tour. We even climbed the secret staircase in the mansion! They also have a large gift shop where we bought the book which was stamped with Nathaniel Hawthorne's signature and says "purchased at The House of Seven Gables" The grounds and other buildings were included in our admission and the Gardens were beautiful. They even have the Birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne on site which was moved to this location and the house included many historical items.
  • My first time here and it was great! I love history so this was perfect and very interesting. Our tour guide was also great. He was super informative,knowledgeable and interactive. He also answered all questions too. The gardens were beautiful and so were the houses.

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