Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

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One of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., Peabody Essex Museum houses close to 2 million pieces. Originally founded in 1799, the museum now has 22 different buildings. Explore themed exhibits, including art pieces from Africa, Oceania, America, and an extensive collection of Asian art. Check the museum's schedule of events for information on the frequent temporary exhibits, family craft days, and music festivals. Use our Salem travel planner to add Peabody Essex Museum and other attractions to your Salem vacation plans.
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  • Wow!! What a gem of a museum. Perfect size to meander through the rooms and feel like you’ve “seen” the museum. The light installation was fantastic and mesmerizing. Loved every exhibit!! We got there...  more »
  • We love to visit the PEM in Salem Ma. My husband & I can now get the senior rate that is a nice perk, but we would go anyway. We visit a few times a year. Today we went to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhi...  more »
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  • Great museum with in-depth exhibits that showcase a wide variety of art. The atrium is gorgeous and wonderful introduction to the museum as you enter it before going off the arteries that lead to the separate exhibits. The Yin Tang house is also a treasure that you must see -- it transports you right to China. The fact that admission is free to Salem residents and teachers is also amazing and a great way for my family to take in art on our tight budget. The museum is a short walk away from other great sights and restaurants as well.
  • The exhibits were brilliant! Seriously, a fantastic visual experience. Two complaints, however; on our tour of the O'Keeffe exhibit, the tour guide began before a woman who used a wheelchair had had time to catch up to the group (she'd taken the elevator). Throughout the tour, the guide continued to entirely ignore the woman, moving ahead before everyone had a chance to see paintings and beginning new discussions before everyone could catch up. I understand that tours are limited in time and that they can be crowded, but come on. It's 2018. The museum needs to be accessable to everyone, and not just technically. Staff need to be trained to accommodate the unique needs of its guests. My second (less important complaint) was regarding the attitude of a man who worked the front of the admissions desk. He had entirely no idea what was going on in regards to tours that day, and answered my questions in a very condescending and snarky manner. The kindest and most helpful member of the staff was a young food service worker. He was seriously a refresher from the rest of the less-than-knowledgeable, abrupt staff. Way to go man, I wish I'd caught your name so that I could give you a proper shout-out. Overall, if you want to visit to independently look at art, 4 stars. If you expect excellent service from a competently trained staff, 1 star.
  • Excellent small Museum. It has some beautiful pieces of furniture from 200 years ago from some of the wealthy maritime families. The Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit was small but well done. The building itself is very beautiful and reminiscent of a ship.
  • I cannot believe that I have never been there before. I had heard a lot of good things about it in the past. The architecture of the building is stunning and the separation of the exhibits works well. We went to see three Georgia O'Keefe exhibition, and while there were not that many of her pieces there, the story the museum told using a lot of her utensils and clothing was comprehensive. My 8 and 10 year old kids as well as my mom really enjoyed the exhibition as well.
  • Absolutely love this place. On this visit we enjoyed the very cool, Hi-Tech exhibit called XYZT and the powerful exhibit of artwork by a native American, viewing the 60's through his eyes. But they always have top notch exhibit s at this museum.

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