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February School Vacation Week: Constructing History at The House of the Seven Gables

February 13, 2016 @ 11:00 am - February 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

When? February 13 – 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where? The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970

What? Explore how America’s first settlers built houses in Colonial Massachusetts.  Find out what worked best, what failed and what these ingenious builders learned from their mistakes.

  • Discover the building tools and the favored materials settlers used.
  • Experiment with construction techniques at each of The Gables’ hands-on stations.
  • Fold and decorate your own paper house to take home.

And if you want to learn more? Daily 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., join museum staff to explore “Why Do We Have Gables?” Learn which parts of historic buildings are the strongest. Kids will make shapes using hands and bodies in this fun, interactive program.

This special programming is part of visitors’ museum tickets, which also includes guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace as well as self-exploration of The Gables’ Kid’s Cove maritime history area.

Admission: Adults:  $12.50, Seniors:  $11.50, Children (5-12):  $7.50 and children under 5 are admitted free of charge.  Salem residents may visit free of charge, with proof of address.

About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association

The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve our National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for our local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.

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February 13, 2016 @ 11:00 am
February 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm


I-95 Southbound Exit 90
Salisbury, MA 01952 United States
(978) 465-6555


(978) 465-6555