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Peabody Essex Museum

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Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the museum’s vast collections and changing exhibitions, ranging from modern art to photography to Asian art and culture. The museum...more
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East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
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I am blessed to live in Salem, as this museum hits the mark on all levels. There was an Alexander Calder exhibit a few years back. Also, they had Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style recently. The museum has permanent collections and holds one of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nurseria
Reviewed 2 days ago

A wonderful museum full of historical information and antiquities from the area. I would recommend bringing the family.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John Pierce P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful museum! If you haven't seen the latest exhibit at the PEM called the Empresses of China's Forbidden City, GO! Beautifully put together, extremely interesting history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patty M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

People go to Salem for a lot of reasons, including the whole witch thing, the House of Seven Gables, the sea. We go for the Peabody Essex Museum. It’s a gem. It is approachable in size, has a superb group of regular exhibits of maritime...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GrannyKar
Reviewed 5 days ago

Best museum i'v been to in a long time this place has it all! great for families to explore our awesome history

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank INgemi47
Reviewed 1 week ago

Today we took a day trip from Boston by train to visit the town of Salem. Unfortunately, most of the town was closed but the Peabody Museum right in the heart of the East India pedestrian mall was open. Founded in 1799 by a group...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Michael B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found there was a lack of content in the museum. The Chinese displays are interesting, but there wasn't much else to see. The optional home tours, which aren't explained well online or at ticket purchase, are probably the highlight in my experience

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NSCanucks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The curated main exhibits at PEM are spectacular and they have a large number of kids-focused events and exhibits to engage the tiniest visitors in the art. The museum is small but worth the trip (again and again).

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BeforeSunrise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a real surprise, since it is a smaller museum in a small Boston suburban town. I visited to see the Chinese Empresses exhibit, which was top-notch. The Palace Museum in China has loaned the Peabody a big group of amazing pieces for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank formershrink
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a short trip from NJ to Salem for the express purpose of seeing the current exhibit from the Forbidden City. It was wonderful, full of artifacts and clothing from the various empresses over the course of several centuries. The history of the times...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from williamsM29HU | Reviewed this property |
The Hotel Salem is right next door. It is modern, convenient, and offers a high level of service. The rooftop bar is fun and welcoming as well.
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It's self- guided and you can stay as long as you like till closing.