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. Plan to visit The House of the Seven Gables during your Salem vacation using our convenient Salem road trip site .
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  • Was one of our highlights of our bus tours. Very informative staff and loved the secret staircase. Very cool gift shop as well, reasonable souveniers.  more »
  • We were on a cross country tour which included only part of a day in Salem several Summers ago & I had planned on an independent tour of the House Of Seven Gables (it was not included on our main Tour...  more »
  • I was fortunate enough to be selected as a chaperone for my daughter's third grade class, which visited the House of Seven Gables as part of their social studies curriculum. The tour guide was very kn...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Blown out of the water experience. Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne and his extended family and their place in history. Great tour, especially considering the chaos of tour buses and high customer volume during that October month. Great Gable demonstration given in the Attic of the House of Seven Gables. Would visit again.definitely.
  • Kind of pricey for admissions and the tour guide we had just wanted to get things over with. She didn't know much. But the house itself is very interesting and the history is fascinating
  • A wonderful experience and the area was beautiful. People in the area were really friendly. A big plus was the candy store near by (forgot the name). Loved it.
  • The staff members and tour guides were helpful and friendly, but I did not enjoy the blatant disregard of indigenous history. Even a simple mention/honoring of the Native people who inhabited the land before the colonizers built this house would have been appreciated. By ignoring that and starting the story at the point when John Turner built the house, you are disrespecting the people who were displaced from their lands and contributing to the ignorance that is created by sugar-coating and white-washing our country's history. Please add a simple acknowledgement of the original peoples of the land during the tours. Thank you.

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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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