Sunday, July 22, 2007

Phillips House Museum

In August 2006 I wrote about the Phillips House Museum in Salem, Ma, which was run by an independent not-for-profit. It was in transition to becoming owned and operated by Historic New England . The latter owns a large number of properties. With today's visit I wanted to see what had changed. On previous tours we had peeked into most rooms from behind ropes or ventured in only on the runners. Although the tours were very good, I always wanted to see more.

Today we wore shoe coverings, as are required in most Historic New England properties, and were allowed into the rooms to get a better look. Our guide was excellent. He spoke in small segments rather than lecturing us.

There is now a $5 admission charge, which is very reasonable. The store offers the usual Historic New England mugs, tote bags, books, videos, and postcards. The reception was very gracious and it was a highly enjoyable experience.


At August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also like this house tour very much. Be sure to check out the cars and buggies in the garage for a real glimpse of how the family got about.

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