Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

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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. Use our Salem travel planner to add Peabody Essex Museum and other attractions to your Salem vacation plans.
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  • October 4, 2017
    I love the Peabody Essex. They have a wonderful permanent collection, especially early furnishings, and they have the most interesting special exhibits and events. It's just the right size, too! We we...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Visited the PEM during our visit to Salem. Loved the exhibits they had during our trip, especially the It’s Alive classic horror art collection, it was great. Will visit again.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Go see the wonderful exhibit, It's Alive! at the PEM. Every prop, every vintage and rare poster from horror and sci-fi is owned by Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett!! Beautiful funky custome made guit...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Outstanding variety of artists, genres and medium. They have a whole section on maritime art- both historical and modern. Upstairs contemporary exhibits were really fun and captivating. The kids section with hands- on exhibits was fun for adults as well. I really loved the sand dune in a coffee table... Kinda hoping I can get someone to build me one. Endlessly fascinating to watch.
  • July 2, 2017
    There are a variety of special exhibits going on that change every few months along with continuing exhibits with art relating to the area's history and its connection to China through trade. In the atrium there is a lovely gift shop and a comfortable area to grab a bite to eat, or just get something to drink.
  • July 7, 2017
    Cool exhibits! You won't be bored, definitely check out the lunar exhibit. The art and all the information offered makes it worth it. The food there is expensive though, but there are lots of places to eat close by.
  • June 29, 2017
    I'm not really a "museum" guy, but we wanted a little break from the witch stuff. I was pleasantly surprised. Plenty to see here and interesting as well. A lot of history and real artifacts. Very nice staff.
  • April 18, 2017
    The PEM is such a great museum. It tells the history of Salem's trade with the Far East as well as having amazing special exhibits. There are lots of paintings by New England masters, models of ships, figure heads, and many Asian artifacts. All of the exhibits are well curated and the rooms are pleasant to be in. The museum is laid out well and the collection is prolific.

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There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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