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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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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Chris P.
    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!
  • Mark W.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!
  • Diana S.
    Diana SepúlvedaSeptember 16
    Special fee for students showing their ID. Beautiful museum, great exhibits. It totally worths your time and money.
  • 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, 2016
    A unique experience which allows you to travel in space and time. One of the oldest museum in the world, 1799.
  • 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
  • Mark L.
    Mark LoganDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out whatever exhibit it traveling through. Recently they had the Strandbeests.
  • Patrice M F.
    Pleasure pain all about the shoes 👠 excitement. My favorite part of the museum!!!!!!!
  • Haunted Happenings M.
    PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZhangAugust 7, 2014
    Turner's seascape exhibitions combining romanticism and impressionism are truly masterpieces.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurkaNovember 22, 2015
    Cool asian art and neat exhibits about new england maritime experiences
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Tonya N.
    Tonya NelsonJanuary 31, 2014
    Impressionist on the Water is a must see. Several Money's that are breathtaking.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • James C.
    James COctober 15, 2016
    Amazing art museum a must stop and see in Salem.
  • PK S.
    PK ShiuFebruary 24, 2013
    Lots of hands on activities for kids, as well as the chinese house!
  • 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.
  • 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, 2016
    RODIN Exhibition was World Class! Don't miss it.
  • Matej M.
    Matej MavričekAugust 12, 2014
    Huang house, Turner exhibit till 9/1/2014, Ship models and maritime art are all excellent.
  • Patrice M F.
    Wear comfortable 👠...Fun time with the kids.
  • 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.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Take a day trip from Boston to check out their collection of American folk art.
  • Jing N.
    Jing NDecember 2, 2014
    Very interesting exhibits from Asia. Porcelain and silver on display.
  • 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
  • Chrissy T.
    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.
  • Britt M.
    Britt MitchellAugust 30, 2011
    Underrated, the atrium is a great place for a quick lunch
  • Kayvon T.
    Kayvon TehranianNovember 29, 2013
    The cafe serves a mean New England Clam Chowder.
  • D S.
    D SchultzJune 24
    Great . Really pretty building. Great exhibits.
  • 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
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HaireJanuary 16, 2012
    A tiny sculpture of a monkey wrestling an octopus? I love art.
  • Toshka R.
    Toshka RoshkaMarch 9, 2014
    Beyond Human exhibit, is fantastic!!
  • Bradford P.
    Bradford PowerJanuary 2, 2012
    Try the Caesar salad at the Atrium Cafe.
  • Beverly C.
    Beverly CadoretteOctober 18, 2014
    Do not miss the Chinese house.
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HirschOctober 9, 2010
    Amazing museum, really liked the old boat artifacts
  • Yoni G.
    Yoni Golub-SassAugust 12, 2012
    Great place to come people watch
  • Jessie S.
    Jessie SnyderNovember 9, 2011
    Always so many things to see there
  • Cathy F.
    Cathy F.July 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    See the Jerry Uelsmann exhibit before it leaves.
  • Jennifer s.
    Jennifer snyderApril 17, 2010
    Salem residents get in free! Read more
  • stephanie r.
    stephanie rogersJanuary 23, 2010
    Wow! This place is amazing!
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