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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

Art Gallery and Art Museum
Downtown Salem, Salem
  • 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)
    "Check out the Yin Yu Tang home if you can."(2 Tips)
    John M.
    "... art, folk art, maritime art, as well as a great poster collection, and..."(2 Tips)
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  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WoodDecember 11, 2011
    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.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NoviaJuly 28, 2009
    Not your ordinary museum lobby...have lunch in the tranquil garden with blueberry art on a Sat... and you can't see this just anywhere
  • 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!
  • Fausto B.
    Fausto BragantiFebruary 3
    A unique experience which allows you to travel in space and time. One of the oldest museum in the world, 1799.
  • 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
  • Dawn   :o) D.
    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
  • 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!
  • Mark L.
    Mark LoganDecember 16, 2015
    Be sure to check out whatever exhibit it traveling through. Recently they had the Strandbeests.
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZhangAugust 7, 2014
    Turner's seascape exhibitions combining romanticism and impressionism are truly masterpieces.
  • 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.
  • Making Freedom
    Making FreedomNovember 28, 2012
    Several additional buildings/historic homes are part of the museum, too--ask about visiting them!
  • elaina f.
    elaina figliolaSeptember 20, 2015
    Great little museum and don't forget Salem residents get in for free!!!😃
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurkaNovember 22, 2015
    Cool asian art and neat exhibits about new england maritime experiences
  • Haunted Happenings M.
    PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 8, 2014
    Beautiful museum layout. Some of the exhibits aren't photo friendly though so be aware before you snap any pics!
  • cYeNz
    cYeNzOctober 14, 2014
    A great museum with wonderful & quirky exhibits! Plan for at least 3-4 hours
  • 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.
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HardyJuly 13, 2013
    Surprisingly great coffee go have some while you're waiting to get into the Chinese house
  • Joe N.
    Joe NebusJune 10
    RODIN Exhibition was World Class! Don't miss it.
  • 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.
  • Tonya N.
    Tonya NelsonJanuary 31, 2014
    Impressionist on the Water is a must see. Several Money's that are breathtaking.
  • Matej M.
    Matej MavričekAugust 12, 2014
    Huang house, Turner exhibit till 9/1/2014, Ship models and maritime art are all excellent.
  • Britt M.
    Britt MitchellAugust 30, 2011
    Underrated, the atrium is a great place for a quick lunch
  • Jing N.
    Jing NDecember 2, 2014
    Very interesting exhibits from Asia. Porcelain and silver on display.
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HirschOctober 9, 2010
    Amazing museum, really liked the old boat artifacts
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HaireJanuary 16, 2012
    A tiny sculpture of a monkey wrestling an octopus? I love art.
  • Bernie F.
    Bernie FlynnFebruary 2, 2013
    Saw the Hat Saw the Hat Exhibition, Friday, Feb 1, 2013...The Fabrigie Exhibit will be there in Apl
  • Kayvon T.
    Kayvon TehranianNovember 29, 2013
    The cafe serves a mean New England Clam Chowder.
  • Bradford P.
    Bradford PowerJanuary 2, 2012
    Try the Caesar salad at the Atrium Cafe.
  • Toshka R.
    Toshka RoshkaMarch 9, 2014
    Beyond Human exhibit, is fantastic!!
  • Beverly C.
    Beverly CadoretteOctober 18, 2014
    Do not miss the Chinese house.
  • Jessie S.
    Jessie SnyderNovember 9, 2011
    Always so many things to see there
  • Yoni G.
    Yoni Golub-SassAugust 12, 2012
    Great place to come people watch
  • Jennifer s.
    Jennifer snyderApril 17, 2010
    Salem residents get in free! Read more
  • stephanie r.
    stephanie rogersJanuary 23, 2010
    Wow! This place is amazing!
  • Cathy F.
    Cathy F.July 13, 2012
    See the Jerry Uelsmann exhibit before it leaves.
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