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Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

(4.5/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
One of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., Peabody Essex Museum houses close to 2 million pieces. Originally founded in 1799, the museum now has 22 different buildings. Explore themed exhibits, including art pieces from Africa, Oceania, America, and an extensive collection of Asian art. Check the museum's schedule of events for information on the frequent temporary exhibits, family craft days, and music festivals. Peabody Essex Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Salem Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • Besides being well laid out and maintained, this museum currently has some great exhibits. We especially enjoyed the WOW World of WearableArt that is currently on exhibition; it is truly unique, outla...  more »
  • This venue is definitely high grade for the area. Beautiful architecture. Great exhibition WOW. The Chinese house - don't miss. Went on the 3 house tour - very nice. I'd go again.  more »
  • We were pleasently surprised at how good the Peabody essex museum really was. At $20, its a bargain and a Salem must see. The main exhibit was wearable art and was a wonderful display of odd and fanta...  more »
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  • What a fab museum! We were parked in the multi story across the road doing the tourist thing and only intended to pop in quickly on the way out as we noticed it was the late Thursday open day and we had a reciprocal art museum membership to get in. We ended up spending 1.5 hours and could easily have spent a couple more hours. The exhibits are nicely laid out with information and well lit. The kids (5 & 8) really enjoyed the place, especially the Asian house. Plenty of classes offered and a fantastic gift shop. They also offer free lockers to store a bag which is great. We'll definitely be back to this gem of a place!
  • Great museum for a realistically small town. There is maritime focus, which is really interesting. Salem has a storied history of trade. The rotating exhibits we saw were less than spectacular. The food is prepared and set out for you to grab, it looked unappetizing but consumable. Would be nice to have a beer or glass of wine there, but hey this is Mass after all so that wasn't happening.
  • We went to a wedding there, amazing place. First when walking in, I thought I was walking into a big station. The architecture is beautiful with high ceiling. The only thing I would recommend is to have better sound system for speakers. ( b.c of high ceilings) We couldn't hear the groom or anyone really, so this should be corrected. I strongly recommend the place and the food was excellent. Thank you.
  • Love this place! Salem residents get in free. They always have some special exhibit.
  • A gem in a rundown city. It's a shame that the surroundings are so appalling. The museum is beautiful and has amazing exhibitions. The most recent one was of Rodin. Go and visit you will be impressed. Allocate about 1 full day.