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Peabody Essex Museum

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Peabody Essex Museum

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There are many Salem tours out there but few are as compelling as this one, led by a local historian who brings alive the city's history at the time of day you choose. If you enjoy being scared, pick a nighttime tour led by lantern light. Visit the Burying Point, as well as modern-day practicing witches as your guide tells stories of the haunted history of Salem, Massachusetts.
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Maria718 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Amherst, Massachusetts97 contributions22 helpful votes
The architecture alone is one reason to visit this museum. The artifacts and exhibits were magnificent. It is a very in depth look at the complete history of Salem. It has a very old port history and sailor artifacts, American Indian and early Settler pieces are displayed as well. They Do have some extra ticket Salem Witch exhibit as well, but we didn’t buy the extra ticket. We wanted only a historical point of Salem and its proper through the ages. There was a large Pan Asian Art area as well.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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jv50 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Beloit, Wisconsin616 contributions86 helpful votes
Finally the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 exhibit! I was so very excited to actually see the paperwork from the Trials, the warrants, etc. It is history, not a wonderful history to have, but history none the less. PEM did a wonderful exhibit. The museum itself is lovely. They were also excellent with Covid 19 precautions. Very impressive. I hope to be able to visit again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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touron4 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Charleston, South Carolina243 contributions137 helpful votes
Even though the daily Covid infection rate for MA exceeds SC’s, and the overall Covid death rate per 100,000 population for MA is nearly double that of SC (nice going, by the way, MA!), they refuse admission to visitors from South Carolina. Unscientific, reactionary, and just plain dumb.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Curious40881853952, Guest Relations Manager at Peabody Essex Museum
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your feedback. The health and safety of PEM visitors is of utmost importance to us, and we're putting our best efforts into slowing the spread of the pandemic. For that reason, PEM requires all visitors to comply with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order. Please review guidelines found at www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order.
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Judith E wrote a review Nov. 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
I wanted to see a specific exhibition and was not made aware that it would be an extra fee and you had to make an extra reservation for them.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Curious40881853952, Guest Relations Manager at Peabody Essex Museum
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your feedback. The health and safety of PEM visitors is of utmost importance to us, and we're putting our best efforts into slowing the spread of the pandemic. For that reason, the museum requires timed tickets, reserved in advance at pem.org/tickets, for general admission, visits to certain galleries, and self-guided tours of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House. Thank you again.
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jeffrey k wrote a review Nov. 2020
Needham, Massachusetts438 contributions133 helpful votes
This museum is in the center of Salem, and there is ample parking in the adjacent Witch City Mall, and not expensive. There is a cafeteria that has a good selection of food and drink. The museum is maintained in a superb manner for COVID protection, with proper directions for stairs and access. The galleries are well-presented. A key current exhibit is on the witch trials of 1692. Be apprised that visits are time-limited, so they can clean the gallery, so if you spend a lot of time on one part of this exhibit, you might short-change yourself at the end. In this exhibit are original materials that have documentation of the trials and artifacts from many of the people involved, both victims and accusers/judges. The PEM is the oldest museum of its type in the US, and it was founded based on the wealth of the seaport and merchants. It has a superb collection of nautical art, carvings, Chinese trade items, and Salem furniture. Decorative arts are a strong suit for this museum. There is a very nice installation right now on Japanese ceramics. There is a wonderful garden that is a respite, a place just to sit and contemplate. There is a very nice fashion gallery on the third level that you should not overlook. The third level also has access to a set of galleries about the history and art of Salem. The traditional Chinese house is a gem, an exhibit found nowhere else in the West in this manner. It is even more important now, given that in China so many of the traditional villages are being destroyed, as are the hutongs in the cities. Pay attention to the architecture of this museum. The key entry and courtyard areas are by Moshe Safdie. This museum is, a la Michelin Guides, worth a "deviation" for those who appreciate art.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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