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Peabody Essex Museum

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Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the museum’s vast collections and changing exhibitions, ranging from modern art to photography to Asian art and culture. The museum...more
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East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783
+1 866-745-1876
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Outstanding staff, great exhibit. Also visited the Chinese House. It was quite interesting and a wonderful story of acquisition and movement from China.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I spent quite a few hours here enjoying the exhibitions. Lovely well presented museum. I enjoyed the exhibition about Chinese Empresses the best. The cafe was great too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CarlaMargarita
Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy parking in the public garage for a small fee. Got there at 10 am, when it opened, on a Saturday. A line to get in, but not a long wait. Free coat check so we could enjoy the day without lugging heavy winter coats....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Doreen311
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a wonderful day viewing one great exhibition after another. The variety made for a fascinating experience. Chinese Empresses, so engrossing. Nature, Art and Environment so novel and provocative. Wild Nature and Design , made me proud to be human! Maybe we have a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank N2507YBkevino
Reviewed 1 week ago

easy to navigate, bright and cheerful. the 3 exhibits we saw were well done , unusual and thought provoking. don't miss the Chinese house moved to the Museum from China ( $6 extra). Parking near by.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank newzealand66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I never tire of this museum or especially bringing friends who haven't been here. The exhibits are always put together wonderfully and are worth the trip from Western Mass that we make to do it. The atrium cafe is a wonderful place for a coffee...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Flew up from NC specifically for the Empresses of China’s Forbidden City exhibit. Outstanding experience. Very much enjoyed the permanent Maritime Art and History collection and the tour of the Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House as well. Parking deck and great restaurants within easy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ferrisnc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we actually drove from NY to see the exhibit on "Empresses in the Forbidden City" before it closes on Feb 10. and we ended spending most of the day there between the permanent collections and the others. there is a pleasant eating area with decent...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lauremmm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away in downtown Salem, MA — it’s almost overshadowed by all the witch city tackiness. Great collection of China Trade Asian ceramics and artifacts. I’ve been here many times and although its ambitions are grand, it never quite hits the mark. Great place for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is great, not only it is located in a modern building with adjacent parking, but it also shows very interesting collections including a complete rural Chinese house. I would say that if your are in Salem, skip all the witch frenzy and spend...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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25 July 2018|
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Response from LRMoran | Reviewed this property |
To be close by PEM, the Hotel Salem will be perfect. Other hotels are not close at all.
9 March 2018|
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Response from CindyS845 | Reviewed this property |
It's self- guided and you can stay as long as you like till closing.