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Phillips House, Salem

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The Phillips House Museum is a Historic New England property located in Salem, Mass.

In 1821, four intact rooms from an earlier house were transported by ox sled to Salem's fashionable Chestnut Street to form the core of a new Federal-style mansion being constructed by Captain Nathaniel West. Nearly a century later, Anna Phillips bought the house and launched a fourteen-month renovation in the Colonial Revival style. When she, her husband Stephen Willard Phillips, and their five-year-old son moved in, they brought with them a family collection that spans five generations and blossomed during Salem's Great Age of Sail.

Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.

The unusual collection on display is representative of the Phillips’ extensive travels and interests. It includes a Hawaiian and Polynesian objects, as well as fine examples of early American furniture, Persian carpets, and an extensive collection of export porcelain. In the carriage house, visitors can view the family's collection of carriages and automobiles that spans nearly a hundred years.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday, May 1 - October 31, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., guided tours every half hour. Last tour departs at 4 pm.

Historic New Egland members tour for free.
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  • My partner and I visited and had a wonderful time! The house is absolutely gorgeous and extremely well preserved. Our tour guide was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable of the family, the house and... 
    My partner and I visited and had a wonderful time! The house is absolutely gorgeous and extremely well preserved. Our tour guide was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable of the family, the house and...  more »
  • Just completed a wonderful tour with Elinore as our guide. It was a great time, and we got to learn about people in Salem apart from the people associated with the witch trials. The tour itself is.....  more
    Just completed a wonderful tour with Elinore as our guide. It was a great time, and we got to learn about people in Salem apart from the people associated with the witch trials. The tour itself is.....  more »
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  • Such a beautiful historical place. We came here for Wicked Wednesday in October, which is a bunch of kid oriented activities and crafts. It was stellar. Everything was fun and the staff were super great with the kids. If you have little ones (
  • Excellent history and had probably one of the best knowledgeable tour guide. I believe her name was Rachel. Great job. Learned a lot of history on the house and the Phillips family.

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