Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

4.6
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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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  • This is an extraordinary exhibit, open through May 5. It is not to be missed. It is riveting, compelling and thought provoking.  more »
  • We visited this gem of a museum in Salem, which houses a complete ancient Chinese home that was transported piece by piece and lovingly reconstructed inside the museum. The self guided audio tour is v...  more »
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  • Great place to spend the afternoon. Good discounts for students and others. Wide range of exhibits, with a range of cultures and time periods represented. There are some kid friendly areas, with a whole area for young kids crafts and other ways to entertain them. I didn't have trouble parking on the street nearby, but I could imagine it being hard to find parking. It seems like they change out the exhibits often, I look forward to going again in the future.
  • Great museum. They always have something interesting in the rotating exhibits so there is always something new to see. The permanent exhibits are also fun to wander since you find something you missed every time. Gift shop is fun. Parking is plentiful in the adjacent garage, and very reasonably priced, less than 5 bucks probably.

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