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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

The Peabody Essex Museum, in the relatively small town of Salem, is without a doubt one of the best private museums anywhere in the Northeast. it has, because of Salem's glory days, one of the finest private collections of Asian art in the United States....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Although this is a smaller museum, there was plenty to see beyond the key exhibit ' Empresses of China's Forbidden City'. The primary exhibit had several extremely unique pieces that showed what everyday life for the empresses must have been like. Many pieces of clothing,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diane D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The PEM's ever-expanding array of special exhibits has reached a new level with the current exhibit focused on the Empresses of China. Tracing the history and culture surrounding these women -- some powerful, some not -- is remarkable. Most of the exhibits come from China,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small art museum was one of the most interesting that we've been to in a long time. It will be on my to-do list for visitors in the future! It had a great mix of both local New England art as well as old...More

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

This is very well maintained museum its clean has a good food court its very well located in Salem. The Japanese artifacts are beautiful and the model ships they have are so detailed its amazing. If you love art and history this is a must...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank camilo c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has loads to offer all age groups. We were a group of 5 people ranging in age 7yrs-96yrs....Everyone loved it. Excellent interactive displays, along with videos as well as written displays. Plenty of open spaces for relaxing between exhibits. Fabulous gift shop....Well worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is a fascinating tribute to local Salem port history with an eclectic tip of the hat to Chinese trade culture and politics. There are some animals and fauna in a small space, and a tall glass of the West Indies...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum with progressive exhibits. Easily accessible with great facilities. Very clean . A little pricey but worth it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was nice to go to a museum which was large enough to wander and enjoy for a few hours but didn't require an entire day and leave us with museum fatigue. The facility itself feels bright/airy in some areas, and dark/intimate in others, in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, modern museum but displays were disappointing. The main exhibit hall is nice but staff were not present and when they arrived, were not helpful.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from williamsM29HU | Reviewed this property |
The Hotel Salem is right next door. It is modern, convenient, and offers a high level of service. The rooftop bar is fun and welcoming as well.
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It's self- guided and you can stay as long as you like till closing.