The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

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Must see · History Museum · Historic Site
The House of the Seven Gables embodies Salem's rich history. The house was built in 1668 for Captain John Turner, one of the wealthiest men in the Massachusetts Colony. Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized the building in an 1851 gothic novel that carries the house’s name. Today, the mansion is a nonprofit museum that celebrates American history and Hawthorne's work. The museum offers guided tours through immaculate gardens and rooms equipped with historically accurate antiques. There are regular educational events, workshops, and period performances. Check the online schedule to see what’s on during your visit and to make reservations. To visit The House of the Seven Gables and other attractions in Salem, use our Salem road trip site.
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  • This is our east coast RV trip from Florida to Maine and Salem was a stop for 2 nights we enjoyed walking and going to see all the historical homes and our last tour was here and it was an Amazing...  more »
  • Excellent tour and talk by guide. You go through the entire house with time to ask questions. Also time to see other buildings and the gardens. No over hype here  more »
  • The tour guide we had was amazing. I can't remember his name, but he was fantastic. We absolutely loved the atmosphere. The garden and houses are gorgeous. Their gift shop is so quaint and adorable. All in all, awesome. Wonderful historical tour. My future husband and I really hope to have our wedding there someday.
  • I had my dream come true vow renewal here and can’t recommend it enough! Yes the place is clearly beyond gorgeous—inside and out—but the event staff helped make things perfect. Deb was FANTASTIC and so laid back w/helping me secure my special day. She even pulled out “extras” when we did photography inside the house which helped make beautiful pictures even better. Very grateful for everything!
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