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Phillips House

34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-0440
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Ranked #4 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I had a fabulous tour at the Phillipps House. You put on surgical booties over your shoes so you do not scratch the floor because you can walk anywhere you like in the house. Our tour guide, Amy, was wonderful and extremely knowledgable. For history buffs, this is a great place to visit!

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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Phillips House is in the heart of a wonderful, historical architecture district which is a pleasure to explore. The house itself is a good example of the period and because of the travels and interests of the Phillips Family has some items in its collection that are out of the ordinary. Be on the lookout for the many special events... More

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Sugar Land
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited the Phillips House during our recent trip to Salem. The tour was very well done. The furnishings are part of the family's collection and thus, quite in keeping with the home. It gives you a view to what it was like to live there 100 years ago.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Philips House is owned by Historic New England. Once of the best things we have ever done was to join Historic New England about 10 years ago We have enjoyed visiting their houses throughout New England (We have visited many of their properties several times). For only $55.00 a year (household membership), you and your family can visit their houses... More

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Douglaston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have taken many historic house tours. But the woman who gave us the tour of the Phillips house had the knowledge and ability to tell share the history of the family and house like no other. She had a passion for her work and shared that with her tour group. The house has diverse furniture and antiques and artifacts... More

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

We're so happy that you felt this was the "best house tour ever." Please come back again next time you are in the area! Sincerely, Julie Arrison Site Manager More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our tour guide could not possibly have been more knowledgeable. This house is a beautiful must-see in Salem. The tour demonstrates the privileged federalist lifestyle wonderfully and even gives you a look at the previous owners' old (and awesome) cars and carriages. Well worth the time and money if you like beautiful places!

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind feedback relating to the Phillips House Museum! It's much appreciated and has been shared with our staff! Sincerely, Julie Arrison Site Manager More

Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This house is awesome. It is on Chestnut Street which is arguable the toniest street in Salem. There are many Samuel McIntyre houses on this street. The Phillips house shows life of a wealthy Salem family in the early 20th century, though the house itself dates back to the Federal period in the early 19th century. If you are an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is the only house on Chestnut Street open to the public. A lovely example of Federal Architecture and some interesting history that goes with it. You cannot beat the entry price, it was the lowest we paid for any attraction in Salem. The Phillips family left most of the house intact as they left it and you will find... More

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Dumont, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a beautiful example of early 19th and 20th century Federal Architecture, with over a century of renovations to the current colonial revival house / museum of today. http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/phillips-house/history-of-the-phillips-house

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dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

we were lucky to go early and no one else was there,a delightful house full of charm and history, our tour guide kelly was very nice and spoke clearly, answered all our questions, its a concise tour with full access to the rooms so you can see everything up close just without touching the articles, its well preserved and cared... More

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