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 get the most from your holiday in Salem, create itinerary details personal to you using our Salem vacation generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I enjoyed visiting this piece of history with my family. I was imprsssed by the knowledge of the lady giving the tour. She was definetely captivated by the subject which added to the experience. The g...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    My husband and I went on this tour in October and it was good. It was very informative and I love the history behind it. The only issues I had was that our tour guide was very monotone when talking to...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Great place to spend a day and have a lot of knowledge. Guide know the whole history of the House, fully preserved sites and after has a site for purchase of suvernirs
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  • May 5, 2017
    WEDDING REVIEW: We had a small ceremony of 17 guests and this was the PERFECT spot for it. Located in Historic Salem so close to the ocean if you wanted closer you need a boat! With indoor/outdoor options, it made it easy for a day of decision (we were small!) and on the day of, it was gorgeous. One of the best parts of having this wedding there was the staff. Deb Costa was the reason my wedding went off flawlessly. She went above and beyond and we could not have done it without her. I would 100% recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married on the North Shore of Boston... I can't speak for big weddings, but they nailed my small wedding.
  • July 1, 2017
    We recently attended a lovely wedding here. Sadly the weather didn't fully cooperate so the ceremony was moved into the Witch house, which was very tiny & dark. There were only a few seats so most everyone had to stand. Other than that, the grounds & views were lovely. The staff was helpful & things went off without a hitch. Parking was shared with the visiting tours which was also a bit trying.
  • June 12, 2017
    As a local, I admit, I take advantage of this place. I can get in and just hang out in the beautifully manicured gardens anytime. But as a tourist destination this is one of the best thought out locations in the city. A gorgeous tribute to colonial life, maritime history, and the story of Hawthorne in Salem, this place marries that all with a dedication to our immigrant community that more than warrants your visit as a tourist--it demands it.
  • May 20, 2017
    This was a wonderful estate to visit. There was a wedding going on during our visit and the gal in charge kept following us around to be sure we were quiet. We had five young kids with us, but they were well behaved. Her constant watch was not necessary.
  • June 25, 2017
    Terry was our tour guide and she was awesome! Definitely worth the money for the guided tour. Its a must see when visiting Salem!

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Where to stay in Salem

There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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