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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  • Wow!! What a gem of a museum. Perfect size to meander through the rooms and feel like you’ve “seen” the museum. The light installation was fantastic and mesmerizing. Loved every exhibit!! We got there...  more »
  • The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is a smallish museum in (wait for it...not Peabody; not Essex, but ) Salem, MA. They've got a Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit until 4/1/18. The exhibit fills several rooms, but...  more »
  • We love to visit the PEM in Salem Ma. My husband & I can now get the senior rate that is a nice perk, but we would go anyway. We visit a few times a year. Today we went to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhi...  more »
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  • The staff at this museum is unbelievable!! In the lobby you have the ability while you wait to go in to visit the Museum's gift shops and have a meal and use the restrooms which they have a family restroom. It is handicapped accessible. If you live in the Boston area and have a library card you can go there and they will give you a discounted pass. If you wait till one hour before closing you can get in for a lesser fee. The museum is currently running Georgia O'Keeffe . It's a Wonderful show because you get to see the clothing she design while she lived in New York and then you get to see the photography she did with Ansel Adams when she moved to Phoenix Arizona and her paintings. But the museum is more than this you will see would examples, art glass and depression glass, plus so much more.
  • Perfect size for a museum. well curated exhibitions, were recently there at the Georgia O’Keeffe show and was so deeply impressed. we are based in NY but will make sure to make a Salem stop whenever we are in Boston, it's worth the trip.
  • Great Museum with art from all around the world. The best part is that all Salem State University students get in for free with their student id. Wonderful art from every continent. The paintings of the ships and sea is the best.
  • This is an excellent, surprisingly large, museum that is right in the heart of downtown Salem. Salem residents have no excuse not to go (free to residents) and even at the price of a normal ticket (I believe around $19), it's well worth it thanks to the many great exhibits, especially the exciting ones that come in for a few months each. It's just a great way to spend a few hours in a day.
  • Beautiful modern museum. Love going to PEM with kids - several galleries with different exhibits to any taste. Every time we go each of us finds something to enjoy!

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