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The House of the Seven Gables

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Address: 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 978-744-0991
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Interesting visit

It was really interesting to visit Nathaniel Hawthorne's house. We had a 30-minute guided tour and learned about Hawthorne's life and the history of the house. There were cool... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was really interesting to visit Nathaniel Hawthorne's house. We had a 30-minute guided tour and learned about Hawthorne's life and the history of the house. There were cool hidden rooms and fascinating historical anecdotes, and our guide Michael was very knowledgable.

Thank dustythoughts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not what I expected. Time has stood still here. It was a slight fee to get in, but it was a wonderful tour. Absoutly worth it. Wonderful piece of history.

Thank BigMandaPanda
Boylston, Massachusetts
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in 1668, the House of Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write an American classic. While touring the house, you will experience three centuries of architecture and decorative styles which made this house a National Historic Landmark. Amazing restoration to that of the original 18th century appearance. A highlight of the 30+ minute guided tour was the narration... More 

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North Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy history and literature, you will enjoy this house. The house is well maintained. Since it is an old house dress for the weather. It is drafty in the winter and probably hot in the summer. They do have it heated and cooled, but there isn't much you can do with these old houses. Being improperly dressed can... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Affordable, informative tour with a whimsical gift shop. Very small secret staircase, those with claustrophobia need not do the entire tour.

Thank KatherineH90
Sag Harbor, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by The Hawthorne Hotel. Learned so much about the house built in the 1600s and its owners and there lives back then. An added bonus, Nathanal Hawthorne, who wrote the book "The House of the Seven Gables" childhood home on tour also as it was moved from a few blocks away in the 50s. Tour guide was great!

Thank Stacey B
Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like the Salem Witch Museum, the House of the Seven Gables was supposed to be open but NOT SO! Closed the first two weeks of January for refurbishing! Bummer

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Not prepared for how fascinating the visit was. The guide was so knowledgeable and even though it was the last day of the year she never rushed us and was eager to answer all of my questions. My favorite tourist attraction there.

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Hartly, Delaware, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

It was really late when we went here so we didn't get to stay long but it was really interesting to see.

Thank AshleyMEvans
Wharton, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My partner and I visited this site while touring Salem. Both of us ready the book and wanted to see what inspired. This is a great location to get a little history, but the tour was more about the owners of the house than how did it inspire Hawthorne. I was a little surprised when they told us that an... More 

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