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Peabody Essex Museum

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Address: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
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+1 866-745-1876
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of...

Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the museum’s vast collections and changing exhibitions, ranging from modern art to photography to Asian art and culture. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, the only example of Chinese vernacular architecture on display in the United States.

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Fantastic museum

PEM is wonderful. Amazing collection of historic pieces from the years when Salem was the busiest India trade port as well as a diverse modern collection. The reconstructed house... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Helena, Montana
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is very expensive. It contains Japanese artwork, ceramics, and other Asian items. Some rooms are nearly empty. They had a special exhibit of wearable art but we had seen it previously in Christchurch, New Zealand. The moon exhibit consists mainly of photos. Nothing here held our interest.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

PEM is wonderful. Amazing collection of historic pieces from the years when Salem was the busiest India trade port as well as a diverse modern collection. The reconstructed house from China is a marvel and their featured exhibits are the best- recently saw Rodin and Childe Hassan

Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the Peabody Essex with some friends. Just walking into the spacious, bright and airy lobby lets you know you're in for a treat. The special exhibit was "Oceanliners" and I was thinking this might not be of great interest. However, I was wrong. It was beautifully done and we were totally drawn in. Fascinating to see furnishings from a... More 

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The China House at the PEM is a fabulous addition to their collection and a great insight to Chinese life.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friendly staff everywhere, incredible exhibits, great food. Beautiful facility, user friendly. Good for every age. Changing exhibits make you want to come back.

Thank Judester517
Salem, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Exhibits include fashion, art, history...Very friendly staff and a comfortable atrium with good food service add to the experience. Many areas are geared to children and provide excellent educational opportunities. Plan a half day at least and a full day if it is adults only.

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Morgantown, WV
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were aware of the nature of the PEM's collection and focus. Looked forward to seeing two of of the current exhibits on the Trans-Atlantic passenger ships and WOW. I was also looking forward to seeing the maritime collection and the some of the American Art collection. We truly enjoyed our visit. Did not visit the Chinese House by choice,... More 

Thank Tripplanner-89
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So my daughter and I only went here because it was part of our Go Boston card and she's a museum buff. We weren't really expecting much because we'd never heard of this museum, nor had many locals in the Boston area, BUT this museum is amazing! They have art, natural science, interactive stuff for young kids, history and much... More 

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Marion, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a private dinner event at the museum which included a pre dinner docent guided tour. Very knowledgable docent.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Peabody Essex Museum is always a delight with its clean, modern, uncrowded atmosphere and intriguing temporary exhibits and World of Wearable Art was no exception This is a must see and will take an hour or so. It comes from an annual New Zealand competition and the "art" is a bit Star Trek/Cirque du Soleil. The creativity and execution are... More 

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