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Address: 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-744-0440
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Great tour!!! Loved it!!!

The tour was about an hour long. Full of the family history with rich history of the house and Salem. The house has been in a family over five generation and left much of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The tour was about an hour long. Full of the family history with rich history of the house and Salem. The house has been in a family over five generation and left much of the family furnishings in tack. The guide was very knowledgable and easy to listen too. He mention the family's cars are on display in the summer.... More 

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Macon, Missouri
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The house is in need of repair but if you are a fan of the Hocus Pocus movie this is a must see in Salem. You can still imagine how gorgeous this house had been during its glory days

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Such a shame you can't take pictures of it inside because you want to take the whole house home with you! So stately and beautiful, you can't stop aweing at every opening room!

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Calgary, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Small group, a very knowledgeable tour guide, and a wonderful home. Lots of history with this family home. Perfect for a family with older children, since the entire house is basically a museum full of artifacts from 5 generations. A great tour for those wanting to learn more about the Shipping Captains of Salem and how this family survived to... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

At first, I felt as if it would be a waste of money. But the tour guide proved to be quite knowledgeable, and was able to offer answers to many questions about the place, the art, and other aspects of the family. By the time I finished, I was very glad I went.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We didn't know much at all about the Phillips family and was pleasantly surprised with this tour. The home was beautiful, extremely well kept (loved the blue booties we had to put on our feet) and a wonderful step back in time. What we found amazing, however, was the amount of things kept by the family and now shared in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I don't think many people will take the time to walk 10 minutes from the downtown area to tour the Phillips House, but I would recommend that they do. I was much more than a tour of an old house, it was insight into life in early Salem. The Irish working class, the seafaring trade that was just getting underway,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the house and it's occupants. Even though we had not heard of the Phillips family before, it was interesting to see the way they Iived over a span of five generations.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The best thing I saw in Salem. I wish more people knew this was here. Tours are conducted hourly and the guide was awesome. He knew the facts and could answer any questions asked. The house is amazing and the tour went at just the right speed.

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

Thank you for the high praise. We're so happy you enjoyed your visit to the Phillips House Museum! Sincerely, Julie Arrison Site Manager More 

Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Great lesson and a beautiful house. The history of the house was presented well and the tour was well organized. The house and everything in it is well preserved and maintained. My only disappointment was that there were no photographs allowed.

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Phillips House, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review and we're thrilled you enjoyed your day at the Phillips House Museum. We know the no photography rule is a bit of a bummer. If you'd like some interior photos to add to your collection, do not hesitate to send an email to PhillipsHouse@historicnewengland.org. We'd be happy to send along some wonderful shots taken by... More 

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