The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

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Must see · Historic Site · History Museum
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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  • Walking the gardens. Looking out the windows and seeing the view of the seas . I enjoyed learning about the era as well as the writer himself. If was very tiny though. I would not recommend...  more »
  • Very nice but unfortunately I was only able to see from afar. Due to it being privately owned the trees are covering the house and there were no inside tours due to Covid.  more »
  • Nice historical tour. Interesting and beautiful. We were outside only due to Covid, but the price of admission is low ($7) and it was a nice day. Very friendly staff and well kept grounds.  more »
  • The tour guide we had was amazing. I can't remember his name, but he was fantastic. We absolutely loved the atmosphere. The garden and houses are gorgeous. Their gift shop is so quaint and adorable. All in all, awesome. Wonderful historical tour. My future husband and I really hope to have our wedding there someday.
  • I had my dream come true vow renewal here and can’t recommend it enough! Yes the place is clearly beyond gorgeous—inside and out—but the event staff helped make things perfect. Deb was FANTASTIC and so laid back w/helping me secure my special day. She even pulled out “extras” when we did photography inside the house which helped make beautiful pictures even better. Very grateful for everything!
  • My mother and I came on a trip with a very large group to Salem today; part of the trip was a tour of The House of the Seven Gables. I believe our tour guide was named Adam; he was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and able to answer even the most random questions smoothly, was very funny, and worked well under pressure (there was some timing issues with a few groups, and it resulted in all the tour groups bumping into each other in the rooms). Overall, however, a great experience! :) I would recommend everyone come take the tour, regardless of if you have read the book or not — it’s a great piece of history with passionate guides to really help you experience the time. Thanks so much!
  • Friendly and helpful staff to greet you as we entered ticket area and gift shop. Connie was a knowledgeable and very pleasant tour guide who gave us great details and answered our questions. Several buildings to explore on the property. Great view of the bay. Lots of parking. Restrooms clean as well as the entire property. Babs
  • The tour was very interesting and well laid out. Must remember the houses are hundreds of years old and were built differently. Gets a touch cramped if you're tall but not for very long. The grounds are gorgeous and it's worth it for the view alone. Would recommend reading the book prior to visiting, makes it more fun.

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