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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

Art Gallery and Art Museum
Downtown Salem, Salem
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    Meghan B.
    "And the Chinese House is definitely worth the extra $5!!!"(5 Tips)
    elaina f.
    "Great little museum and don't forget Salem residents"(4 Tips)
    Matej M.
    "Ship models and maritime art"(2 Tips)
    Matej M.
    "Excellent maritime and Asian art museum."(2 Tips)
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  • John M.
    John MagnificoOctober 14, 2011
    America's oldest continuously running art museum. Lots of American art, folk art, maritime art, as well as a great poster collection, and the famous Chinese House. Rotating exhibits seasonally.
  • Brittany S.
    Brittany SmolinskyDecember 4, 2013
    I love this place and come just to kill time sometimes. There is always something new to look at and old favorites to revisit. Plus if you're a Salem Resident or SSU student you get in free!
  • Matej M.heart icon on user image
    Matej MavričekAugust 12, 2014
    Excellent maritime and Asian art museum. Spring for the Huang house tour, it is excellent, and don't miss the movie about how they moved it here all the way from China. Fantastic.
  • Kaustubh T.
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiMarch 17, 2018
    Fantastic art/art-history museum that currently has Georgia O'Keefe and TC Cannon collections. Don't miss the East India collection!
  • Arleen S.heart icon on user image
    Arleen SmithJanuary 5, 2018
    O’Keefe exhibit is amazing. My first trip to this museum. It’s lovely. Very nice gift shop as well. Easy to get to and easy to park.
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PattiAugust 26, 2016
    Special exhibits are top notch. Check out the colonial era far east art from the regular collection. A real hidden gem!
  • Travelhound12
    Travelhound12January 18, 2020
    People, you must get to this museum. It is both cozy and spacious and has wonderful exhibits, which are wide-ranged.
  • Derek G.heart icon on user image
    Derek GaskinsDecember 21, 2018
    Rich history and beautiful facility. One of the finest museums on the North Shore.
  • Kathy D.
    Kathy Dole MeltsakosFebruary 23, 2018
    Great interactive place to bring and be a child again!! Lots of fun things to do and beautiful works of art to see!
  • Meghan B.
    Meghan BurnsApril 21, 2011
    Unbelievable Dutch and Flemish art exhibit - make sure to grab a magnifying glass on the way in! And the Chinese House is definitely worth the extra $5!!!
  • Fausto B.heart icon on user image
    Fausto BragantiFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    A unique experience which allows you to travel in space and time. One of the oldest museum in the world, 1799.
  • Zipcar
    ZipcarJune 29, 2011
    Take in over 250,000 ft of gallery space showcasing everything from contemporary art to ancient relics. Our fave? The Yin Yu Tang House, a 19th century Chinese home relocated right inside the museum!
  • Dee S.heart icon on user image
    Dee SepulvedaSeptember 16, 2017
    Special fee for students showing their ID. Beautiful museum, great exhibits. It totally worths your time and money.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SalesMarch 13, 2014
    Visited on a Saturday in October and admission was free! They have a lot of awesome collections. Check them out!
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZhangAugust 7, 2014
    Turner's seascape exhibitions combining romanticism and impressionism are truly masterpieces.
  • Lorraine M.
    Lorraine MillerNovember 14, 2011
    With the best gift shop around, the PEM offers live entertainment, films, interactive family tours & many opportunities to be creative. Free to Salem residents...almost worth moving to Salem for!
  • C T.heart icon on user image
    C ThompsonApril 10, 2017
    I use to love the museum, but they are renovating it right now, and because of that a lot of stuff was moved around or closed.
  • Dave L.heart icon on user image
    Dave LepkowskiFebruary 5, 2018
    This super awesome museum has a lot of awesome and interesting stuff out on display
  • Jeffrey C.heart icon on user image
    Peabody Essex Museum at 7 minutes drive from Salem dentist Essex Street Dental Medicine
  • Dawn   :o) D.heart icon on user image
    Dawn :o) DamnYourNosey!September 10, 2012
    One of the best museums I've been to. Just make sure when you see the sign that no cameras allowed/no pics. They don't catch you. LOL. :0x
  • cYeNz
    cYeNzOctober 14, 2014
    A great museum with wonderful & quirky exhibits! Plan for at least 3-4 hours
  • Gwen C.heart icon on user image
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 8, 2014
    Beautiful museum layout. Some of the exhibits aren't photo friendly though so be aware before you snap any pics!
  • Mark L.heart icon on user image
    Mark LoganDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out whatever exhibit it traveling through. Recently they had the Strandbeests.
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BurkaNovember 22, 2015
    Cool asian art and neat exhibits about new england maritime experiences
  • Matej M.heart icon on user image
    Matej MavričekAugust 12, 2014
    Huang house, Turner exhibit till 9/1/2014, Ship models and maritime art are all excellent.
  • Haunted Happenings M.
    PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.
  • Patrice M F.heart icon on user image
    Patrice M FosterJanuary 28, 2017
    Pleasure pain all about the shoes 👠 excitement. My favorite part of the museum!!!!!!!
  • Mark W.heart icon on user image
    Mark WoodDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Museum's Holiday Hours for 2011 are Tues-Sun 10-5 and Monday Dec 26th, 2011 10-5. The Museum will close at 2pm on December 24th and the museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
  • Tonya N.
    Tonya NelsonJanuary 31, 2014
    Impressionist on the Water is a must see. Several Money's that are breathtaking.
  • Joe N.heart icon on user image
    Joe NebusJune 10, 2016
    RODIN Exhibition was World Class! Don't miss it.
  • FunkMasterTee
    FunkMasterTeeMarch 12, 2011
    Check out the Yin Yu Tang home if you can. Absolutely amaaaaaazing!! The fact that they relocate something like this blows my mind. Gorgeous.
  • elaina f.
    elaina figliolaSeptember 20, 2015
    Great little museum and don't forget Salem residents get in for free!!!😃
  • Making Freedom
    Making FreedomNovember 28, 2012
    Several additional buildings/historic homes are part of the museum, too--ask about visiting them!
  • Patrice M F.heart icon on user image
    Patrice M FosterJanuary 28, 2017
    Wear comfortable 👠...Fun time with the kids.
  • James C.heart icon on user image
    James COctober 15, 2016
    Amazing art museum a must stop and see in Salem.
  • Jing N.
    Jing NDecember 2, 2014
    Very interesting exhibits from Asia. Porcelain and silver on display.
  • Las Vegas M.
    Las Vegas MannequinsDecember 4, 2011
    552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HardyJuly 13, 2013
    Surprisingly great coffee go have some while you're waiting to get into the Chinese house
  • Chesley W.
    Chesley Wendth MunizMarch 29, 2010
    I really enjoyed "Fiery Pool: the Maya and the Mythic Sea." Well layed-out, interactive, and informative exhibit with interesting artifacts - a visual treat! Read more
  • Beverly C.heart icon on user image
    Beverly CadoretteOctober 18, 2014
    Do not miss the Chinese house.
  • D S.heart icon on user image
    D SchultzJune 24, 2017
    Great . Really pretty building. Great exhibits.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HughesNovember 11, 2011
    A short train ride from Boston, and a nice drive by car -- this museum is not to be missed.
  • colleen b.
    colleen bradley-macarthurFebruary 21, 2011
    Amazing pieces from Japan & China as well as maratime art. The gift shop is full of beautiflu purses & scarves.
  • PK S.
    PK ShiuFebruary 24, 2013
    Lots of hands on activities for kids, as well as the chinese house!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Take a day trip from Boston to check out their collection of American folk art.
  • Dave L.heart icon on user image
    Dave LepkowskiNovember 30, 2019
    The awesome staff and management are there
  • Kayvon T.heart icon on user image
    Kayvon TehranianNovember 29, 2013
    The cafe serves a mean New England Clam Chowder.
  • Toshka R.
    Toshka RoshkaMarch 9, 2014
    Beyond Human exhibit, is fantastic!!
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NoviaJuly 28, 2009
    Not your ordinary museum lobby...have lunch in the tranquil garden with blueberry lemonade...study art on a Sat... and you can't see this just anywhere http://pem.org/yinyutang
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HaireJanuary 16, 2012
    A tiny sculpture of a monkey wrestling an octopus? I love art.
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