Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

4.5
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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  • Excellent place to spend an afternoon - but you better be careful - you might learn something! Fun permanent exhibits and excellent travelling exhibits.  more »
  • I’m really, really late writing this review but trust me when I say the Peabody Essex Museum is incredible! I visited for the first time in October 2017 specifically to see the ocean liner exhibit. I ...  more »
  • We had a great time touring the museum today. Thr Chinese exhibit was very interesting and enjoyed the maritime exhibit also.  more »
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  • Strange items to look at. My wife and I didn't have much time because we had to catch a plane. We only spent about 40 minutes walking through the exhibits. The items on display were not really.our thing but it was on the Boston Go Card so we thought we would check it out. Lots of Japanese displays. We saw some hands on displays for children.
  • Excellent museum. The exhibit spaces are very welcoming. The PEM has many interesting special exhibits. The gift shop has very unique items. The museum is reasonably priced, and well worth the visit. It is located downtown, which makes it easily accessible, and nearby lots of other things you would want to visit.
  • A really pleasant, unpretentious look at maritime history through the lens of those who commemorated it through their art. Fairly priced entry, with numerous paintings and miniature ship models of stunning detail, from a wide variety of periods. An excellent place to take a family member who has a thing for boats. As of this writing, is undergoing significant renovations.
  • We go there all the time with kids and enjoy the galleries, permanent and seasonal exhibitions. Always exceptional. Charming place with its own flavor. We always feel welcome inside.
  • It has been years since I have visited this museum. It is better than ever. Bought two day pass which is a bargain! Loved all the displays but enjoy interactive eco friendly display. Had a wide display of different types and cultures related to this area.
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