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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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  • There is much more to this museum than appears from the outside. Really liked the amazing Chinese House illustrating multi-generational family life from the 1930s. Extensive art galleries. The...  more »
  • This museum was a very nice escape from a rainy day in Salem. The exhibits were very nicely done, and the collections were quite sophisticated.  more »
  • Museum is in the smaller side so you can see everything before you get overly tired. The Chinese house is a real treasure; the most complete house I've seen. It was moved and reassembled and all the details are interact. Also play attention to their special exhibits, the shoe collection was fabulous. Also it's in Salem, a great place to visit!
  • This place was absolutely amazing! I would definitely recommend it as a full day trip. This art museum was mainly American and west Asian art (which I absolutely love) and had an adorable gift shop!

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