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The House of the Seven Gables

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Address: 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
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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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History came alive when we visited

Our excellent guide, Ben, made the tour of the main house well worth the time we spent, with his knowledge and sense of humor. The other houses had docents, who were also... read more

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Plainview, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our excellent guide, Ben, made the tour of the main house well worth the time we spent, with his knowledge and sense of humor. The other houses had docents, who were also knowledgable and friendly.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have never been so impressed with any place I have been. It was like walking through life hundreds of years ago. I will absolutely be going back!

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Holland Patent, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our guide was wonderful and made this beautifully restored historic home even more interesting. It is in a lovely location overlooking the harbor. The grounds are very nice, although it was too early for flowers when I visited. Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace and the oldest home in Salem are also on the grounds. One thing that I found very interesting about... More 

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H7G, Public Relations Manager at The House of the Seven Gables, responded to this review

David is a gem! Thanks for your kind words about the tour and our staff. We're so happy you enjoyed your time with us. Sincerely, Julie Arrison-Bishop Special Projects Manager More 

Olney, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this tour if you visit Salem. This is one of the oldest houses in the country and it has a rich history. In fact, the author of "The House of the Seven Gables" (Nathaniel Hawthorne) lived in the house with his cousin for a short time, but never when the house actually had 7 gables. We climbed the... More 

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H7G, Public Relations Manager at The House of the Seven Gables, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the future! Sincerely, Julie Arrison-Bishop Special Projects Manager More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this house- it helped thst I was in process of reading the book too. Really interesting and historically educational.

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Thank Jeanne S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was very neat. Probably the coolest house tour we have ever been on. Our guy was also awesome. Give it a try.

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H7G, Public Relations Manager at The House of the Seven Gables, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We're glad it's the coolest tour you've been on! :) Sincerely, Julie Arrison-Bishop Special Projects Manager More 

Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent and knowledgeable Docent named Michael led the tour of the house. He was personable and engaging as was the lady in the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, although I don't know her name. Salem is a lovely town and this is one of the Crown Jewels!

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was nice. Lots of information about the house and the family's that lived there. Worth checking out.

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Thank Bigjawz
H7G, Public Relations Manager at The House of the Seven Gables, responded to this review

We're sorry your experience wasn't five-star worthy! If you'd like to share feedback of how we can improve, don't hesitate to email me at jarrison@7gables.org. We hope you had a nice trip to Salem! Sincerely, Julie Arrison-Bishop Special Projects Manager More 

New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family stopped by while I was in the area for a conference. Excellent tour shop and beautiful grounds. The tour was good, but a bit on the long (40 min) and pricey side. Our guide, Geoff, was very friendly and informed, but asked for any tips from the group at the end. Kinda irked me, since we spent $100... More 

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H7G, Public Relations Manager at The House of the Seven Gables, responded to this review

Thank you for you feedback about this. It is against our policy to solicit gratuity and we will be sure to address this. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to The Gables and Salem. Sincerely, Julie Arrison-Bishop Special Projects Manager More 

Buffalo, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great tour. The guide was wonderful and presented some interesting insights. She presented the history of the building in an entertaining and informative way.

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