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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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  • Visited the House of Seven Gables with my mother during our weekend stay last fall. An absolute must for any English major and literature lover, even if you're like me and not necessarily a *huge* fan...  more »
  • Nice views by the water. Not an enormous house to see. Tour was informational and kids enjoyed walking through the house. Free parking available. 
  • This was a really nice tour with a knowledgeable tour guide- there even is a secret staircase in one of the houses which is really neat to climb. 
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  • Fantastic tour!! Madi (our tour guide) was amazing. Very approachable and was very well informed about the grounds. Everything was well kept and made such a lovely experience for myself and my friends. Would highly recommend.
  • A cool place but kind of underwhelming. Tours fill up fast so don't be disappointed if you can't get a spot. The funnest oart if the trip was walking up to the ocean port and watching boats. (That wasn't even a part of the tour, just nearby)
  • The house is beautiful and perfectly represents an 18th century homestead. Even if you don't know much about the books, it's still worth the tour. Even during peak times (Halloween) it wasn't obnoxiously over crowded.
  • It cost $9 to view the garden but you can get a good view and photos from the outside.
  • Great glimpse into life of wealthy 18th-19th century sea captain's family through his house, and how the following generations updated it through the years.