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The House of the Seven Gables

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Address: 115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5640
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+1 978-744-0991
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National...

Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National Historic Landmark is a treasure of American history. Professional guides welcome guests year round for a remarkable journey that explores Salem's maritime history, architecture, the famous hidden staircase, and the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Adding to the site's charm are spectacular three-season colonial revival gardens, and our unique museum store. Please visit our website for current hours and information.

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This was a great tour! Our guide Terri was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history of the house itself, the connection to Hawthorne, and the history of Salem as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Western Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great tour! Our guide Terri was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history of the house itself, the connection to Hawthorne, and the history of Salem as well. It was enjoyable to walk through the various rooms, see and hear about the history in each, and hidden stairway was an added bit of adventure!... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent property and guided historical tour of the House of Seven Gables and Hawthorne's birth home. Recommend highly!

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Thank Becky D
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We learned much on this tour. The guide Rachel was knowledgeable and clearly liked her job. We were glad we came. Better than we anticipated.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For anyone who has read Nathaniel Hawthorne, this is definitely a must see. Terri was our tour guide and she was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. Take the time and go tour this house and it's grounds!!

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Deux-Montagnes, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour guide was well informed on the history, not only what was included in the tour itself but actually the town history as well. Good value money vs quality of the location and time spent for the tour.

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Thank marievavite
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an excellent, guided tour of the house that inspired the novel. The guide was very informative, and had loads of insight into life in that time period. There are other buildings on the grounds, as well as a beautifully kept garden overlooking the water. There are some steep stairs to climb, so be aware if you physically can't... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I visited Salem on our honeymoon. We enjoyed the guided tour of the House (trust yourself, and climb the chimney stairway, it's not that far!). The grounds were beautiful in early May!

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We walked down to this gem. They have done a nice job of restoring and showing off the house and grounds. You get to see two of the houses - with a guided tour of the main property. There are some tight turns and stairs - but doable for most.

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Our guide REALLY made the tour. He was very dramatic, mysterious and intriguing in his presentation. The story behind the story is VERY INTERESTING!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating that hundreds of years ago, people were regularly sailing to China and back from this port (primarily to import the blue Chinese porcelain). The history of the house is very interesting... and also quite amusing. I won't spoil that for you.

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Thanks for not sharing all of our "secrets!" We're glad you enjoyed your time with us! Sincerely, Julie Arrison-Bishop More 

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