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Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

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4.5/5 based on 1,200+ 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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  • We have been to the PEM many times (I've even played an orchestra concert there!) and always enjoyed it. Today we went for the closing days of the Rodin exhibit, and I'm glad we didn't miss it. Quite ...  read more »
  • Unfortunately we got here close to closing and had to do a quick trip through the museum. Loved Childe Hassam's Appeldore Island seascapes!! Extensive Rodin exhibition as well as their other exhibits....  read more »
  • We particularly enjoyed the Chinese house. We were surprised at how amazing it was. Worth the visit! 
  • Wow! what a great place. I love the various forms of art on display, from modern to classical! The museum staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the various collections. There is a great Chinese house located in a courtyard at the center of the museum. The building/s that make/s up the museum is outstanding in its own right. The museum is close to much else in Salem. There is even a nice cafe that serves a few drinks and such!
  • Absolutely gorgeous building and galleries. The Rodin exhibit was underwhelming. And $20 to get in. Art museums have truly become an elitists dream world. I have no doubt the director and staff can well afford it, but, are denying the working world a chance to see what they hold too close to their vest. And this place has an ENORMOUS endowment. Cut some salaries and make the place more affordable to the average human.
  • This is a well-funded and well-curated local museum. I came here once to catch the Asia in Amsterdam exhibit during its final weekend, and regretted not coming here sooner. The special exhibit was fantastic because it not only touched upon a lot of the history and socioeconomics, it also brought to light the abuse and subjugation of indigenous Asian communities by some individuals in the Dutch East India Trading company. It's important to consider all these perspectives of art and history.
  • I came into this museum with low expectations, and had them blown out of the water! The playing with scale exhibit was my favorite, I loved all of the ways that they made an art exhibit interactive. The rest of the museum continued this trend, with generally good explanations. I really enjoyed how they 'pulled back the curtain' on the authorship of one painting, allowing the visitor to experience the process curators do to decide who created an item.
  • Beautiful museum. I went specifically to see the Asia in Amsterdam exhibition, and was very impressed with how the items and history were presented. The museum itself is bright, vibrant, and inviting - it's fun to wander through the galleries and discover what is in the next room. The people working the front desk were friendly and welcoming. I will definitely return for a visit on my next trip to Salem.
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