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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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  • A great place to visit, totally different from the Salem motif. The people working at The House of the Seven Gables were very knowledgable and we're open to answering all questions. The history behind...  read more »
  • My husband and I brought our 3 youngest daughters to tour the seven gables property this past weekend, and we all got lots out of it! The tour guide was funny yet informative and we all enjoyed the en...  read more »
  • We did Legacy of the Hanging Judge and Spirits of the Gables and they were both great. The actors were fantastic and kept your interest the whole time. I would definitely recommend putting this on the...  read more »
  • Pretty house and informative tour. The outdoor space lets you see the water from a perspective that would never be built today. I think it's both silly and cool that they built in the secret passage based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story, but it's also a bit claustrophobic walking up through there. It's not as big a space as I would have imagined but there are several additional on-site buildings included in their tour.
  • Really great guided tour experience. They have not only the house of the seven gables but a lot of other interesting properties that they have brought over. A must visit if you are a Hawthorne fan.
  • So glad we stopped in and took the tour of this historic landmark. Very informative guided tour! It's clear the tour guides are knowledgeable about the property and it's previous owners. Another plus - part of the proceeds from the small admission fee go towards helping others! Beautiful property, well maintained, and full of history. A must for fans of American Lit :) Definitely recommend!
  • It's very quaint and very pretty. Wasn't very interesting for the little kids inside the buildings but the grounds, they did enjoy wondering around. Not terribly huge though, but it's a nice afternoon visit while in the area. They also have a decent amount of parking.
  • This was such a great experience. You must go on the guided tour. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and eloquent. My favorite part was the attic where you can see the original walls.
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