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Address: 34 Chestnut St, Salem, MA 01970-3129
Phone Number:
+1 978-744-0440
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the...

Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.

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Fantastic Tour

We so enjoyed our tour of this beautiful mansion. Our young tour guide was great-very knowledgeable about the history of the mansion and the family that had lived there as well as... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Cape Cod
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Cape Cod
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We so enjoyed our tour of this beautiful mansion. Our young tour guide was great-very knowledgeable about the history of the mansion and the family that had lived there as well as the customs and habits of the times. We wore booties over our shoes so were allowed to walk anywhere in a room (no touching) enabling us to look... More 

1 Thank ljcapecod
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

A phenomenal and informative tour of the illustrious history Phillips House! The tour guide was very personable and answered all of our questions. We were practically taken back in time as he described some very exciting events that took place in the house. The house is very beautiful and 5 generations of the family's belongings are kept there in perfect... More 

2 Thank charles r
Waltham, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stumbled upon this very large mansion. We had visited Newport and often come across historical homes in various parts of the state. However, this Federal Style mansion is on this wide boulevard with other Federal style mansions. It is like a scene from a movie when we walk down this street. When you come upon #2 Chestnut, you can't... More 

1 Thank tirrellj2016
Salem, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This endowed historic home is a gem on Chestnut Street. Admission is free and the guides very informed on the period. A great example of family life for people of privilege and their help.

1 Thank odchere
Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Lovely house, great to learn about the history of the place and get a glimpse of the past. The guide and staff were great! Make sure you see the old cars in the garage too!

Thank Natalie V
Toms River, New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Wonderful historical treasure. Definitely worth the visit! The guides are very knowledgeable and there are items in the garage that are worth the extra time.

Thank jrsouth85
West Linn, Oregon
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102 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

What luck! We loved finding one of the historical homes on Chestnut St. open to the public for viewing. The home retains most of the original furniture, decorative items, china, art, etc. so we can all see how the Phillips family actually lived. It also has the original carriage house with the family automobiles and carriages. A beautiful historic home... More 

1 Thank snootifox
Georgetown, Massachusetts
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146 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I loved this place. Simply magnificent. The architecture and the furniture. Tour guide was good to. Easy to get to, you can park on Chestnut Street and give yourself time to walk up and down the street, gawking at the old houses, peaking in yards (of course many are private property). Old brick sidewalks, floral gardens, beautiful yards everywhere. I... More 

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Poplarville, Mississippi
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and period furnishings. Tour was interesting and I saw some things I'd never seen before - an antique egg carton (rare) and one of the most beautiful ice boxes ever!! The fireplaces were pretty and some unique antiques (wind-up phonograph, recliner, etc). Well worth the minimal entry fee.

2 Thank DYK640
Brooklyn, New York
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78 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Perfectly preserved 1830 s house. I would have enjoyed the house if I toured by myself the museum only allows you to go with a guide. Bob our guide made what would have been a nice visit into a terrific one. He brought the place alive for us. He's a great story teller, has an excellent sense of humor and... More 

2 Thank Phillips3675

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