The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables, Salem: Hours, Address, The House of the Seven Gables Reviews: 4.5/5

The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Starting on July 14, The House of the Seven Gables will be open Daily 10 AM – 6 PM. All purchases are non-refundable. Visitors will have the option to enjoy a guided tour or the gardens and grounds experience. Reservations are strongly suggested. PLEASE NOTE: The garden and grounds experience does not include access to the interior of Turner-Ingersoll Mansion a.k.a The House of the Seven Gables. The only way to access the interior of the mansion is with a guided tour. Online reservations will be available on a rolling basis in 2021. If you’d like advance access to reservations, you can join us [link to: https://7gables.org/shop/membership/] Each person in a party counts, regardless of age, and tickets are required for each person. There will not be room to distance yourself from other visitors while on the guided tour. We advise those who are unvaccinated and support anyone who feels more comfortable to continue to wear a mask.
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RedheadedWanderer
Brooklyn, NY134 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
If you're visiting Salem and the North Shore and want to enjoy more of what the town has to offer beyond the Witch City highlights, I highly recommend the scenic and literary stop to visit the House of the Seven Gables and schedule a tour with James. Aside from being a must-see location for those who have read Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, even for those who couldn't tell their Hawthorne from their Hemingway, it features a beautiful garden and set of buildings that have been painfully restored and lovingly maintained so you can have a glimpse at life in Salem in a different time. If you're lucky enough to visit in late spring or summer, the gardens are absolutely delightful, too, and be sure to give yourself some time either before or after your tour to walk and take photos of the garden and its view of the harbor. I'd recommend giving yourself an hour and a half to two hours for this particular site (the tour will take approximately an hour).
We go on *a lot* of tours of historic sites when we travel so please take that into account when I say that James was one of the best tour guides we've yet encountered. Young, incredibly knowledgeable, and full of enthusiasm for his subject matter, he will make you laugh and really bring to life the former inhabitants of these buildings, as well as teach a great deal about the buildings' architectural history. For those who have read the book, he takes special care to point out elements of interest, but they told us that most of their visitors haven't read the book at all, so clearly they can interest all visitors. (And there are plenty of copies of Hawthorne's work in the gift shop, in case you're inspired to read it—along with the amusing sign that notes all versions of the book for sale are the same, it's only the binding and covers that are different, so pick the one that you like best.)
COVID-19 restrictions were easing a bit in general in Massachusetts when we visited the House of the Seven Gables in late May of 2021, but this site took excellent precautions to ensure everyone feels safe. Masks were to be kept on at all times, social distancing rules were in effect, and there were many stations of hand sanitizer accessible about the grounds. Tickets could only be purchased online and the size of the "semi-private" tour group was dramatically reduced (there were only four of us on ours—two pairs), so be sure to book your tickets well in advance if you need to be precise about the timing of your visit. When you're tired of witchcraft and wizardry, the House of the Seven Gables will provide a welcome respite for your touristing needs (they did mention that October is obviously the height of the tourist season in Salem and they anticipate lots of visitors this year as restrictions continue to lift). And an added bonus for Salem: there's plenty of parking in their lot.
Written June 2, 2021
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This is perhaps one of the most detailed reviews we've ever encountered! Thank you for taking the time to say such wonderful things about James and for noting every small detail of your experience. Our staff works so hard to provide a historical and fruitful experience and it feels good to have each piece noted.
Written June 21, 2021
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yodakat
Philadelphia158 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We took the guided house tour and enjoyed learning about the history of the house and the stories of those who lived there. We bought our tickets on line about a week before and I’d recommend it. We were on the first tour of the day and I saw a family try to walk in to buy tickets but first available was 6 hours later. One part of the tour takes you up a “secret passage” which is a tight space in what used to be a chimney. They do offer an alternative staircase if you don’t feel comfortable. My teen daughter found the experience interesting as well. We did not spend too much time on the grounds/gardens as there was not to much to see in winter. They offer a ticket for just the grounds which I think I would have found disappointing. From Covid standpoint masks are required inside and this was strictly enforced.
Written December 2, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to The Gables. We are so glad to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed the tour, and we hope you get a chance to visit our gardens in full bloom someday.
Written January 10, 2022
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,270 contributions
Sep 2019
Our family has been to many a site where we are led around by a tour guide. Some can actually ruin a site, Heidelberg Castle comes to mind. Well, let me tell you, this tour guide was spectacular! He was so informative, so patient even when 'challenged' by know-it-alls in our group. Anyway, I loved that they took us into the attic, skinny back passages. I also enjoyed the descriptions of food preparations. This place oozes history from 1668. Yes, it's steep at $17.00 per adult, but hey, I would still recommend it even though it's about double what it should cost. Maybe the high entrance fee is a way of keeping out huge numbers of people, especially poor people.
Written April 16, 2020
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Thanks for your review and we're sorry for the belated response. We are a nonprofit museum and community resources that supports the preservation of a 2 acre historic site and seven historic buildings. We provide educational programming for 10,000+ school-aged children each year. Our admissions fees don't cover our work and we count on donations to cover our deficit.
Written September 14, 2020
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Jessica S
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Overall this was a great experience but I had to dock a point for our tour guide Jeff. They require masks while in the buildings which we all obeyed but our tour guide refused to keep his mask on. When he was telling the stories, some of the expressions/words he used could be considered offensive. There was a small child there and some of the things he said weren’t kid friendly and did offend some of the adults in the group. All the other staff we encountered were super friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed the history of the site.
Written April 11, 2022
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Thank you very much for taking the time to review the House of the Seven Gables. We are very sorry to hear about the negative elements of your recent visit. We pride ourselves on the quality of our tour and interpreters and are disturbed to hear that the tour you received may not have met our rigorous standards. If you are willing, could you please contact our Director of Visitor Services, Zoë Quinn, at 978-306-7003 or zquinn@7gables.org in order to provide more detail about the offensive material to which you refer? We would like to address the matter with the interpreter so that moving forward we will not face this issue again. Please let us know if you would like to return as our guest at any time in the future so that you can have a more enjoyable experience.
Written April 15, 2022
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Cassie G
New York City, NY4 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
What a charming historical home! My sister and I were in Salem for a wedding so we came here to spend some time. So glad we did! Alexis was our guide through the house, telling excellent stories and really fleshing out the history of this space and its inhabitants. The gardens outside, too, were so lush and well tended! The only thing I'd love to see are more actual artifacts in the house itself. Things are a little bare and would do better if the museum acquired more pieces relevant to the period.
Written May 15, 2022
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Thank you so much for the positive review and we will be sure to pass along your kind words to Alexis. Our rooms are constantly in flux and interpretation is a crucial aspect of our museums' values. We hope you come back and see us again when our collections team have reinterpreted some of the rooms.
Written June 1, 2022
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John L
Shepherdsville, Kentucky, United States197 contributions
May 2022
The past comes alive in this well preserved old house. This house has been remodeled to look similiar to the house in the novel. But the real story is in the lives of the people who have lived in this house for over two hundred years and the vision of the last owner to preserve and protect. Our guide was Alexis. She told the stories of the people who build and lived in this house and the times in which they lived. She also told stories of Hawthorne and his connections to the house and the novel. Our tour was well paced and our guide answered our questions. It was a very enjoyable time.
Written May 3, 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind words, John. We will be sure to pass along your review to Alexis and we are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our historic campus.
Written June 1, 2022
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Alex
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
We visited with a team of 7 folks in August and had the whole tour to ourselves. Our guide was absolutely delightful. I can’t remember her name but short brunette woman with blue eyes. She was so informative about the house and the mission, the past occupants, the architecture and her joy and love of her job really shone through and made the tour so much more enjoyable. If you’re on the fence I would recommend that you go. This is a slice of American history that is fascinating.
Written September 22, 2021
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flowerchild_scorpio
Morrisville, Vermont6 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
Stunningly well preserved architectural showpiece. The tour is very informative and well structured. If you have any issues with claustrophobia, however, you may want to sit this one out or pop a light sedative before you go.
Written February 22, 2021
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Tara E
New York City, NY20 contributions
Oct 2021
Second time touring this house. This time we had James as our tour guide and he brought the experience to a new level. Funny, engaging, insightful, reciting passages from the book... He made the tour such a memorable and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend.
Written October 27, 2021
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MLE0904
Las Vegas, NV540 contributions
Jun 2021
Our tour guide was very informative and made sure that all of us had a good experience. Because of bad knees, I could not make it up the secret staircase so he allowed me to use the ones that the guides use. The grounds are pristine. I am glad that we got our tickets in advance on line because when we got there all of the tours were sold out for that day.
Written July 22, 2021
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