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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  • 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 »
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  • My wife and I found this tour to be very interesting and unique. Our tour guide, Terri, was great. Secret doors and staircases are always fun. The story of the house, people who lived their and background information on the book by the same name was interesting. We were running short on time so we only spent about an hour here. I think an hour and half... maybe 2 hours would have been better.
  • Interesting house and tour. Glad to experience this house's rich history through about 7 adorned rooms. Hawthorne's birth house is available for a self tour as well. The tour guide answered any questions of the group. The house abuts the bay and offers a scenic views. There is a gift shop at the end sells various paraphernalia: Hawthorne's book, souvenir trinkets, and items associated with Salem's legacy. I would recommend it, but be warned that the ceiling is quite low in some places (6'4'' or so) and has incredibly, compacted stair cases. It costs $15 for a non-senior adult
  • Been on my bucket list to visit Salem for decades. Had a terrific and very knowledgeable tour guide fellow. I think his name was Jeff? Loved hearing about the history of House of Seven Gables. Thank you.
  • This was a beautiful place, sick a rich history! Loved it!! Our tour guide, James was phenomenal! We were the last tour of the evening and they even kept the gift shop open for us because our tour ran long.
  • This was the perfect place to go on a rainy day. Our tour guide was very knowledgable of the house, Hawthorne, and Salem. There are narrow stairs to climb, but you are given the option of not taking the stairs, but you miss a lot of the home. Save time to peruse the gift show. There is lots to see. You also get a bonus look at Hawthorne's childhood home, and you get a really great view of the bay.
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