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 other attractions in Salem, use our Salem road trip site.
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  • I think to get the most out of this site you should be familiar with Nathaniel Hawthorne and his works, which I was not. We went expecting a cool old house tour with ghost lore, that’s not the right.....  more
    I think to get the most out of this site you should be familiar with Nathaniel Hawthorne and his works, which I was not. We went expecting a cool old house tour with ghost lore, that’s not the right.....  more »
  • Came here with my family. My 9 year enjoyed walking through the house and learning about the families that lived in the house. The grounds are also beautiful. 
    Came here with my family. My 9 year enjoyed walking through the house and learning about the families that lived in the house. The grounds are also beautiful.  more »
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  • I grew up in Florida, but this was MY family's "Disney" after our move to New Hampshire four years ago.We had so much fun in the summer of 2019. Now in the process of planning our 2022 return with my in-laws for there first Salem experience. Perfect they that love history. Check out the reenactment plays. Great staff when we visited. Fun town. Has a guest shop
  • The place is very pretty with a beautiful garden and a beautiful view on the ocean. If you're taking the guide tour, you'll be able to walk into the house of seven gables and learn about its past and previous inhabitants. It has many rooms and amusing secret features. Very interesting tour and the guide was great ! If you're taking just a ground pass you'll only be able to visit the garden and the small birthhouse of Nathaniel Hawthorne. But i guess it's a must see when you're in Salem !

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