Just a heads up, for anyone who hasn’t gotten the memo yet, the House of the Seven Gables will be closed for internal operations January 1-11, 2018.
Per their newsletter:
“Some say that idle hands are the devil’s tools. In the case of our two week shutdown from January 1-11, the staff of The Gables will not be idle. While we are closed to the public during this period, there will be quite a bit of activity here at 115 Derby Street. This window gives our staff the time to care for our extensive collection in our historic houses and storage areas.
The first task will be to shed the holiday decorations found across the site and pack them away for next year. Then the fun begins. After a collections care refresher training for the staff, we will begin to carefully clean collections items found around the site. Materials to be cleaned include wood surfaces and furniture, silver ware, windows and other glass, porcelain, earthenware, iron, and more. Our staff will work in teams to ensure that each room in The Gables and the other buildings are finished in time for the reopening of the museum on January 12. Collections items are routinely cleaned throughout the year, but during our annual shutdown in January, we are able to give much more specific attention to all of the objects without interfering with tours. The grounds and maintenance crew will also be hard at work on some projects that can not be done during operating hours.”
The House of the Seven Gables is located at 115 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970 and I highly suggest popping in once they’re open again. Visiting their grounds and taking the tour is always high up on my list of recommendations. <3