Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

Art Gallery and Art Museum · Downtown Salem
161 Essex St (at New Liberty St.), Salem, MA 01970, United States
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  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
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Journey to a world of art and culture at PEM.


Based on 160 votes

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  • What you need to know
    PK S.
    "Lots of hands on activities for kids, as well as the chinese house!"(5 Tips)
    Brittany S.
    "Plus if you're a Salem Resident or SSU student you get in free!"(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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  • elaina f.

    Great little museum and don't forget Salem residents get in for free!!!😃

    elaina figliola · 2 weeks ago
  • Jing N.

    Very interesting exhibits from Asia. Porcelain and silver on display.

    Jing N · December 2, 2014
  • Beverly C.

    Do not miss the Chinese house.

    Beverly Cadorette · October 18, 2014
  • cYeNz

    A great museum with wonderful & quirky exhibits! Plan for at least 3-4 hours

    cYeNz · October 14, 2014
  • Gwen C.

    Beautiful museum layout. Some of the exhibits aren't photo friendly though so be aware before you snap any pics!

    Gwen Cummings · September 8, 2014
  • Matej M.

    Huang house, Turner exhibit till 9/1/2014, Ship models and maritime art are all excellent.

    Matej Mavriček · August 12, 2014
  • Matej M.

    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.

    Matej Mavriček · August 12, 2014
  • Sharon Z.

    Turner's seascape exhibitions combining romanticism and impressionism are truly masterpieces.

    Sharon Zhang · August 7, 2014
  • Michael S.

    Visited on a Saturday in October and admission was free! They have a lot of awesome collections. Check them out!

    Michael Sales · March 13, 2014
  • Toshka R.

    Beyond Human exhibit, is fantastic!!

    Toshka Roshka · March 9, 2014
  • Tonya N.

    Impressionist on the Water is a must see. Several Money's that are breathtaking.

    Tonya Nelson · January 31, 2014
  • Brittany S.

    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!

    Brittany Smolinsky · December 4, 2013
  • Kayvon T.

    The cafe serves a mean New England Clam Chowder.

    Kayvon Tehranian · November 29, 2013
  • Alyssa H.

    Surprisingly great coffee go have some while you're waiting to get into the Chinese house

    Alyssa Hardy · July 13, 2013
  • Haunted Happenings M.

    PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.

    Haunted Happenings Magazine · March 12, 2013
  • PK S.

    Lots of hands on activities for kids, as well as the chinese house!

    PK Shiu · February 24, 2013
  • Bernie F.

    Saw the Hat Saw the Hat Exhibition, Friday, Feb 1, 2013...The Fabrigie Exhibit will be there in Apl

    Bernie Flynn · February 2, 2013
  • Jennifer L.

    Beautiful place, the exhibit of Chinese imported art is particularly fascinating, highly recommended.

    Jennifer Landry · February 2, 2013
  • Making Freedom

    Several additional buildings/historic homes are part of the museum, too--ask about visiting them!

    Making Freedom · November 28, 2012
  • Dawn   :o) D.

    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

    Dawn :o) DamnYourNosey! · September 10, 2012
  • Yoni G.

    Great place to come people watch

    Yoni Golub-Sass · August 12, 2012
  • Cathy F.

    See the Jerry Uelsmann exhibit before it leaves.

    Cathy F. · July 13, 2012
  • Timothy H.

    A tiny sculpture of a monkey wrestling an octopus? I love art.

    Timothy Haire · January 16, 2012
  • Bradford P.

    Try the Caesar salad at the Atrium Cafe.

    Bradford Power · January 2, 2012
  • Mark W.

    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.

    Mark Wood · December 11, 2011
  • Las Vegas M.

    552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.

    Las Vegas Mannequins · December 4, 2011
  • Lorraine M.

    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!

    Lorraine Miller · November 14, 2011
  • Lisa H.

    A short train ride from Boston, and a nice drive by car -- this museum is not to be missed.

    Lisa Hughes · November 11, 2011
  • Jessie S.

    Always so many things to see there

    Jessie Snyder · November 9, 2011
  • John M.

    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.

    John Magnifico · October 14, 2011
  • Britt M.

    Underrated, the atrium is a great place for a quick lunch

    Britt Mitchell · August 30, 2011
  • Zipcar

    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!

    Zipcar · June 29, 2011
  • The Feast

    Take a day trip from Boston to check out their collection of American folk art.

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Meghan B.

    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!!!

    Meghan Burns · April 21, 2011
  • FunkMasterTee

    Check out the Yin Yu Tang home if you can. Absolutely amaaaaaazing!! The fact that they relocate something like this blows my mind. Gorgeous.

    FunkMasterTee · March 12, 2011
  • colleen b.

    Amazing pieces from Japan & China as well as maratime art. The gift shop is full of beautiflu purses & scarves.

    colleen bradley-macarthur · February 21, 2011
  • Jordan H.

    Amazing museum, really liked the old boat artifacts

    Jordan Hirsch · October 9, 2010
  • Jennifer s.

    Salem residents get in free! Read more

    Jennifer snyder · April 17, 2010
  • Chesley W.

    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

    Chesley Wendth Muniz · March 29, 2010
  • stephanie r.

    Wow! This place is amazing!

    stephanie rogers · January 23, 2010
  • Jennifer N.

    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

    Jennifer Novia · July 28, 2009

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