Group Tours at Phillips House (1821)

See what life was like on historic Chestnut Street

Treat yourself to a stroll down Salem’s Chestnut Street, one of the most beautiful streets in America. Visit Phillips House, the only mansion on the street open to the public and learn the story of the Phillips family and their live-in domestic staff, who emigrated from Ireland. Learn the curious history of how the house came to be on Chestnut Street.

Discover rooms decorated with Federal-era furniture, Chinese export porcelain, ship portraits, and artifacts collected in Hawaii and Polynesia. Look inside the kitchen, pantry, and a staff bedroom to see how houses functioned as new technologies emerged. The Carriage House, featuring antique carriages and two Pierce-Arrow automobiles, illustrates changes in transportation that affected work and play.

34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts

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Images courtesy of Lightshed Photography.

Specialty Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit.
  • Irish Experience: What did it take to keep Phillips House running smoothly? Get a glimpse of the daily duties of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff and the living conditions for staff at this well-appointed home. Hear the stories of cook Bridget Durgin, waitress Delia Cawley, and nursemaid Catherine Shaughnessy and see where they lived as it looked in 1919. Space is limited.

  • Gadgets and Gizmos: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Phillips House, exploring the inventions and innovations necessary for running a “modern” early twentieth-century household.

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