The House of the Seven Gables Salem
Where are we going today?
Salem, Massachusetts is a pretty incredible place - a very HISTORIC place - so what better way to spend the day in the city than to learn all about the history itself!
The House of the Seven Gables happens to let all who visit explore 389 years of Salem's history - so it's a perfect place to start! (The house itself was built in 1668)
The House of the Seven Gables is located on the beautiful Salem harbor, and offers historic house, museum and collection of historic buildings where you can learn all about the incredible and famous past.
Part of a National Historic Landmark District, friendly guides will welcome you as you embark on your history lesson outside of the classroom!
The 2 1/2 acre museum includes incredible preserved 17th and 18th century period homes, as well as three-season Colonial Revival Gardens. When you see the incredible views of Salem Harbor you'll realize it's not a bad spot to be learning!
The House of the Salem Gables is also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, and was built all the way back in 1668. Pretty impressive! Then, you can enjoy a 35 minute tour which will introduce you to two prosperous families, as well as the city's maritime history.
Did you know that Nathaniel Hawthorne has a connection to this home too? Well, this author was actually born only about half a mile from the site in 1804, but then in 1958 his birth house was actually moved to the site of The House of the Seven Gables, and is now a museum - just some of the facts you can learn when you visit! There are impressive galleries of items actually owned by Hawthorne and his family on display in his birth house, and some great examples of mid-18th century rooms.
It really is a history lesson outside of the classroom!
So what are you waiting for...it's ready to be enjoyed!
How much does it cost?
- Children$7.50 (Ages 5 to 12)
When can we go?
10am - 5pm. 7pm close late June to early Nov
Closed January 1 to 15. Open rest of the year.
They have a program for grades 2 to 5, and another one for grades 5 to 8. Why not check them out and give the students a brilliant experience!.
There are plenty of places to enjoy food around Salem, so take your pick! It's an amazing city! Grab something before or after your visit.
There are plenty of healthy options in Salem for you .
Any Top Tips?
Children up to 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. .
Doing our bit
The buildings are restored and preserved very carefully, so visitors can continue to enjoy the history and the stories .
Need a little extra help?
Because the buildings are historic, they are not wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center, restrooms, museum grounds and some of the store are, however. .
Can I get one of those?
There is a museum store where you can pick up a variety of souvenirs, gifts and educational items, including books and DVDs. .
In October they have performances including the Legacy of the Hanging Judge and Spirits of the Gables, which are an extra cost. .
What people are saying?
I toured this museum in 2004. It was wonderful. The tour guide was well informed. I loved the secret staircase. I loved the model of the home. We learned the difference between a dormer and a gable. The garden was drop dead gorgeous. I took many pictures. I was very impressed. It is a beautiful, relaxing, and enjoyable place. It is a must see.
by douglas julian
Amazing property and museum. It is a must stop if you are in Salem. Many of the caretakers have said that to this day they still find NEW secret passages to new rooms or secret compartments hidden all over the house. It is a great old mansion that is slightly creepy but with 300 plus years of history.
Around 12 bucks per ticket. They do offer discounts with student and travel affiliations.
by Alex Mottern
Quite expensive to get in and/or to just a tour of the garden, but you can walk around the outside and get a general idea of one of the main tourist attractions of Salem for free. The garden is pretty small, so I wouldn't pay to do just that.
It's nice at sunset, especially for the back (near the water)
by Stephen Sandlin
Our family had a wonderful experience. Our guide was very informative, and we loved the visit to Nathaniel Hawthornes birthplace also. The gardens were beautiful and we all had pictures made at the well.
by Barry Baylis
I like historic locations. This is a favorite of mine. Its basicly untouched by time and has a historic back ground in reallity and in fiction writing. You will also find the birth house of Nathanial Horthorn