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The House of the Seven Gables
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$56.00*
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Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston
Ranked #6 of 84 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We went early on a Saturday. There was very little traffic at that time. We decided to drive and there was plenty of available parking at the museum.

We picked up the tickets inside, then waited for our tour time to be called. We were told to feel free to look at the gardens while we waited. The property is beautiful. The homes are well maintained and you can feel the history.

The guide we had was very young, but very educated on the property and its history. We were very pleased with the details he provided during the tour.

The only bad part was the tour guide behind our group. I felt like she was trying to rush us out, always right on our heels. At one time, (we were in the back of the group), I had to remind her that our group hadn't passed through yet.

Note, there is a secret staircase that you may enter. It's a tough squeeze for anyone over 175 pounds. There is an alternate way upstairs, but if you can do it, and are not claustrophobic, please take the secret stairs!

Thank DenaMom
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

If you're in Salem it's one of those things you have to see. Like anything else it's a tourist trap and the cost of the theatrical performances and tours are pricey but it's to be expected in a place like this. If you're into the history of Salem and the witch hunts then this is a must to see.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Among all the choices in Salem this is by far the most unique home to visit. The location is within walking distance to Pickering Wharf and the parking is close by. The other historical homes in Salem can't compare to this gem !

1  Thank Kiowaprincess
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Overall it Was a Letdown- I Think Maybe I Expected More. It was Okay, Nothing Bad to say, However It Prompted me To Purchase The Book ?

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The town is fun - especially in October when they get into the spirit of Halloween! Touring the house and learning the history is fun, the tour guides are knowledgeable, and the entry fee goes to a good cause. The grounds are also beautiful and nice to walk through. Overall, this is a must if you are visiting Salem.

2  Thank Katie F
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