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Phillips House

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Address: 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 978-744-0440
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the...

Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.

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I went to see this place because it is another spot that was used in hocus pocus as alice house. Very big beautiful home on one of the neatest streets in salem. It's free to walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Whitney C
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I went to see this place because it is another spot that was used in hocus pocus as alice house. Very big beautiful home on one of the neatest streets in salem. It's free to walk in the back where there is a really pretty garden. I recommend a quick visit here.

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Naguabo
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35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

This house is amazing. It's from the 1800's and it's preserved with it orignal furniture. The history of this family is very interesting and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and she was great (so sorry I don't remember her name). It's like a fifteen minute walk from Essex street but so worth it. You got so many beautiful houses... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

All of Historic New England's properties are wonderful, but the Phillips House is one of their jewels (as is the Sleeper/McCann House in Gloucester). One of the best house tours in Salem as you get to actually step into the rooms and are not left behind a velvet rope like on other house tours. The preservation of the Phillips House... More 

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We're thrilled you had a great tour! Julie Arrison Site Manager More 

Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Beautiful old home that is still furnished the way the last family had it. The rooms weren't roped off so you were able to explore a lot of the house (with your tour guide, of course who was amazing and very knowledgeable). The whole of Chestnut Street is beautiful and worth a look.

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Peoria, Illinois
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Went on a tour today. Madison (the guide) did an amazing job of bringing the house and family to life. And, the fact that everything is original---wow!! One of the best house tours I've ever been on.

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

We're so happy you thought your experience was exceptional! Thanks for making the Phillips House Museum part of your Salem visit! Julie Arrison Site Manager More 

Peterborough, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Enjoyed this tour very much. The tour guide was so knowledgable and friendly. He was able to answer all the questions that the people had. It truely is a beautiful home and glad it is open to the public to learn of its history.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

We had such a wonderful time exploring the Phillips House and learning about its curious history. Justin and Donna were very welcoming and Donna's tour was incredibly informative. Even my 9 yr old son was interested in the antiques! We highly recommend this as a step back in time to the early 1900s.

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

We'll keep Justin and Donna around! Thanks for the kind words about our hard working staff and your experience at the Phillips House Museum! Julie Arrison Site Manager More 

Cave Creek, Arizona
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229 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If not as grand as a Newport Mansion, the Phillips House still qualifies as one of the surviving "great homes" of New England. Plus, many of the furnishings and items collected by the family over the years are really quite extraordinary. Tours are conducted on the half hour. Our docent was excellent.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised that we could do a tour of a historical house on Chestnut St, an iconic and historical street in Salem. The house is magnificent and the tour guide was knowledgable about the history of the house and the region. I was very curious what these houses looked like inside, so it was great to stumble on... More 

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

We're sorry you missed out on a tour of the carriage house. If you are local, please come back. Necessary restoration work is complete and the carriage house is open. If you are not local but find yourself back in the area for a visit, please swing by May-early November and be sure to check out the cars and carriages!... More 

atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A terrific look at life in Salem in the early 1800's. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The architecture was lovely, the furnishings fabulous, and the stories entertaining. This beautiful house is located just off one of the busier streets in a quiet neighborhood of historic homes. Be sure to add this to your must-see list.

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