The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

4.5
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. Plan to visit The House of the Seven Gables during your Salem vacation using our convenient Salem road trip site .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including The House of the Seven Gables
map
The House of the Seven Gables Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,349 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Connie was a great guide and shared wonderful stories on the history of the house, the ownership and Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is definitely not to be missed when you visit Salem and as a bonus, this is...  more »
  • No trip to Salem would be complete without visiting this site that inspired the great American novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. We had a very informative and entertaining tour with Terri, whose no- nonse...  more »
  • Very interesting tour. Kind of short but our guide had some interesting information to impart and he was funny in a dry sense of humor kind of way.  more »
Google
  • I was able to get there just before a new tour started, so there wasn't any wait. The tours did seem to run often, though, even in a more off-season time like March. As far as getting there - it's right along the Heritage Trail and there are plenty of signs nearby to direct you. The home itself is amazing and has some great surprises, especially one that I won't spoil. The guide was friendly and informative as well. A nice bonus was getting to tour Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace at the end. The House of Seven Gables was something I've been meaning to see on many of my day trips to Salem and I'm glad I finally got in to check it out.
  • The tour was wonderful! Jeff was amazingly knowledgeable beyond the scope of just reciting the set script per each room. Animated and fun for all ages. Definitely recommend him as your tour guide if you decide to make the trip (:
  • I have been taking this tour for about 6 years now. Every year we go back and we make it a priority to visit this place. The tour guides are so well educated and knowledgeable. We love this place. If you visit salem make sure you visit! Definitely would recommend this place to others.
  • The house is amazing and our tour guide was one of the best. The information he shared kept the tour interesting and entertaining. He was very knowledgeable fielding questions as well. The grounds are beautiful, and the visitor center is clean and accommodating. They were kind enough to look after our stroller while we were on the tour. The visitor center also has snack and drink machines as well as restrooms. Each staff member we encountered was warm, welcoming, and greeted us with a smile. We had the Boston pass, but the house and tour is well worth the cost of admission. I would definitely recommend it if you're visiting Salem!
  • A very pleasant way to spend an hour or so. It was a very cold and snowy day, so it was nice to be inside. You can take a self guided tour or go with a guide. Our guide was great he made history come alive. This olde house has a lot of secrets
Places to stay near The House of the Seven Gables

Plan your trip to Salem

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to The House of the Seven Gables by other users

11 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Salem BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, romantic, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Salem BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA October, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans