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Peabody Essex Museum

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Address: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 866-745-1876
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of...

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 campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, the only example of Chinese vernacular architecture on display in the United States.

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USD 53.99*
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USD 547.20*
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Private Day Trip From Boston to Salem

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Beautiful building is the backdrop for beautiful art

Excellent show "Pleasure and Pain" about amazing shoes! Beautiful contemporary building with open atrium and lots of light.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent show "Pleasure and Pain" about amazing shoes! Beautiful contemporary building with open atrium and lots of light.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As an Art History professor, I loved this wonderful museum! When we visited, there was an outstanding Childe Hassam exhibit that blew me away. When you are in Salem, be sure to save time for this wonderful museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are visiting Salem, the Peabody Essex Museum is a must! It is by far the best museum in the city! You can never go wrong with a trip to PEM!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very beautiful inside. We enjoyed our time there in the afternoon. Wasn't too busy and you could take your time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live nearby, but don't get to the Peabody Essex Museum too often. However, I stopped in a few weeks ago for a couple of hours, and went back again yesterday to see the new shoe exhibit. The museum is small enough that you can take your time and not feel rushed to see everything. I love the local artwork... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum in this small fashionable town. A must see. Local teachers get in free. Great displays with interesting information

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 1:00 to discover there were no more tours that day. We would have been better off to go here first and the Salem Witch Museum second. When we asked if we could go through the museum ourselves and then come back tomorrow for a tour, we were told we would have to pay for a second day's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever we're in Boston and/or Salem we do our best to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. It's world class exhibits are sure to appeal to every visitor regardless of age. The current Shoe exhibit is definitely worthwhile and includes shoes owned and worn by the likes of Queen Victoria, David Beckham and Elton John.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Peabody Essex Museum was started by the merchants of Salem in the late 18th century to hold items brought back from their travels to East and Southeast Asia. Over the years the collection has grown, keeping a focus on Salem's ties to the Far East as well as the New England sea coast. The collection is of high quality,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought there would be more exhibits here with artifacts from the witch trials, not the case at all. Most of the exhibits were modern and very "new" compared to most museums.

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