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Peabody Essex Museum

Address: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 866-745-1876
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Ranked #1 of 32 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We didn't attend when they were having a special exhibit and wish we had, because we just seemed to wander around in the museum and not "learn or see" anything special in my option For older children...teens, but not younger... They do have some great "showing" but again, we didn't plan it too good.

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Newton, MA
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13 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Many pieces of art from different corners of the world. There was a lot of little kids there (toddler age) on the day of our visit. Later we saw why. There is a huge playroom for kids. All in all, I would probably not visit here again but it is worth one visit. Many restaurants nearby in historic Salem within... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I went to Salem for the same reason everyone else does: To go on a live witch hunt, see the four o'clock burning and maybe witness a spontaneous stoning or two. After checking out the sights and historical specificities, we had a moment to spare and thought we might as well scoff at the small town museum (it's pronounced like... More 

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Asahikawa, Japan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

After wandering the huge museums of Boston, come up the coast a bit, get some fresh air and enjoy a human scale museum that is just beautifully done. We visited here with the kids, and the interactive exhibits kept complaints to a minimum. The variety for such a small museum is amazing. Nothing of the witch history of Salem, but... More 

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NYC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Although they bill themselves as "one of the top museums in the country" - they're more of a great, modern museum in a small-ish town. Definitely worth the trip.

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New York City, New York
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a wonderful small museum in historic Salem. The regular exhibits are wonderfully presented, especially the Chinese house (completely worth the extra $5 admissions fee) but we were blown away by the special exhibits in December. Our 10 and 12 year olds were disappointed by the Maker Space due to a lack of materials and help with the more... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Incredible collection. We were sorry we didn't visit sooner and again. Great modern artist who's perspective was unique and mobile.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

What's not to like. It is a lovely space and it had a cool maker room for kids (and adults). Not as overwhelming as some larger museums - just the right size for an afternoon visit. Great gift shop.

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Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a excellent medium sized museum located in Salem, MA near Boston. It has a very diverse collection ranging form the Yin Yu Tang house (worth the reservation) to a great art collection. They always have very interesting special exhibits. I would go back there if it was in Salem.

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Marion, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We went for the FANTASTIC Calder exhibit but were surprised at the quality of the other museum offerings. Will plan on visiting again.

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