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Welcome to Salem’s premiere historic site, located right on the harbor!

The Salem Harbor, Massachusetts

Discover 350 years of Salem’s history as you experience our museum grounds and collection of historic buildings.

When you arrive at The House of the Seven Gables – which constitutes its own national historic district on The National Register of Historic places – professional guides will warmly greet you for an unforgettable historical experience. Outside, spectacular seaside gardens await. Inside of The House of the Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, you will discover a mysterious secret staircase where you least expect it! Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name.

As a matter of fact, the very home where Hawthorne was born was moved to The House of the Seven Gables site and now lies just feet away from the mysterious mansion made famous in fiction. When you step into the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace (c.1750), you will learn about the life of the famous author.

But there’s more… The museum grounds also include Kid’s Cove at the 1830s Counting House, the Museum Store inside the 1655 Retire Beckett House, an 18th century granite sea wall, and seaside Colonial Revival Gardens.