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The Gedney House, the House of the Seven Gables, the Phillips House, and the Salem Witch Museum are each participating in the Ninth AnnualSmithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Each museum will offer free admission on Saturday, September 28 to all participants who have a Museum Day Live! ticket
If you visit theHouse of the Seven Gables you will encounter architectural, maritime and literary history during a guided tour of the 350-year-old mansion, which is hailed as An American Masterpiece and a National Historic Landmark.
The Salem Witch Museumtakes a dramatic look at the witch trials of 1692. Their presentations tell the story of accusers, accused, court proceedings and execution of innocent victims. Witches: Evolving Perceptions examines the changing interpretation of the word “witch”.
Salem shipwright Eleazer Gedney built the earliest portion of theGedney Housein 1665. Originally, the house was an asymmetrical composition consisting of two rooms on the first floor, a single chamber above, and an attic with a front-facing gable. Significant renovations to the structure in 1712 and 1800 resulted in dramatic changes to the house's appearance. Gedney House was a single-family home until the Gedney family sold it in 1773 to Benjamin Cox, who used it for the next twenty-five years as an investment property. Around 1800, Cox added two townhouse-style ells to the west elevation of the house, converting it into a multi-family dwelling. During the years that followed, it served as a boarding house and tenement in what was then Salem’s Italian-American neighborhood. In 1967, Historic New England acquired the house as it was being prepared for demolition.
Phillips Houseis 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
Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live represents Smithsonian's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year's event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year's event expects record-high participation.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available atSmithsonianMag.com Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visitSmithsonianMag.com/museumday.
Reposted from Destination Salem Blog with permission. Thanks Kate!