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The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5640
+1 978-744-0991
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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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115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5640
+1 978-744-0991
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of the places to visit in Salem. The tour is interesting if you like history. Also, very nice view of the water.

Thank Kassandy K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a terrific place to see. We really enjoyed our tour. Now there are also a few books that we need to read because of this place.

Thank eileenh1022
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed visited the House of the Seven Gables! I think our tour guide was nervous but other than that it was fun. It you do not like small spaces, they offer an easier way to the attic.

Thank Mrspierce14
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was here 60 years ago on a college trip. Was fascinated with the house and returned 30 years ago to check out the furnishings before redoing our old house. This time we were stunned to see a lovely visitors center, Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace and...More

Thank judymack3
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

High quality tour of Hawthorne's cousin's house that inspired his novel. Beautiful gardens in seaside setting. Well-explained exhibits and knowledgeable tour guides available to answer questions during the self-guided tour of Hawthorn's birthplace. Literary-themed gift store. A must-see for any visit to Salem!

Thank Walklightly_12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice tour, lots of history, right across from the Morning Glory. Beautiful grounds, right on the water.

Thank Allyneandgerry
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hawthorne wrote a book based on this house and family. The history is interesting. Some funds from the tickets to visit here are used to help settle refugees. It has a long history of doing that. I believe the house was built in 1690. One...More

Thank GaryCummings
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My partner and I visited while staying in Salem. Our guide was good, informative, without dragging it on . Love the skinny staircase which was inside chimney. Creaky floors and the full history made it fun . Worth a look . Would love to visit...More

Thank enncle
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We Enjoyed the visit. No photography is allowed inside the building. The secret staircase would a be a hit with kids. If you bring your lunch, they have a nice little waterfront with tree shade.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a Hawthorne buff, this is a place I've always wanted to see. The house is surprisingly small, but cool. I loved the chance to go up the secret staircase. The docent knew her stuff, but I had the sense we were getting her abbreviated...More

Thank M Z
H7G, Public Relations Manager at The House of the Seven Gables, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review. Our tours are supposed to be 35-40 minutes--if you're tour was less than that we'd love to know more. Even on a "busy" day we strive to make each guided tour experience special. Feel free to send along any thoughts to...More

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Do you need to book a tour ahead of time?
3 June 2017|
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Response from ATLfamily2002 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations are required, but you should call ahead to find out the schedule for the tours.
Is the Spirits of the Gables Tour appropriate for children ages 9-13?
28 September 2016|
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Response from H7G | Property representative |
Sorry for the very delayed response. Yes--the tour is appropriate. The guided tour takes 35-40 minutes and there is a lot to see and do on property. It's a great way to enhance your trip to Salem.
What is the attraction cost for an adult?
26 February 2016|
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Response from SheralTx | Reviewed this property |
Website says $12.50 adults/$7.50 children