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Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
866-745-1876
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Ranked #3 of 44 attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Bend, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I enjoy museums most on my own, and this is a perfect place to do that. The collection is lovely, and the traveling exhibitions are so very well chosen. Each year it becomes a more attractive destination. Art museums house art. How they do that can be artful or artless. The galleries here exceed all expectation. The considered and insightful... More

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East Fishkill, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I had visited this museum 20 years ago, so I was very excited to take my son on a visit. I loved the Asian exhibits, which were very interesting and beautiful. There was one room, however, that had some older items from the sea trade era. The items appeared to be very interesting, but there were no individual descriptions of... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

There was a lot to see and there is a special exhibit called Yin Yu Tang House from the Quing Dynasty that was brought from China and reassembled.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I like the Peabody Essex because they have managed to pull in some very high quality temporary exhibitions over the years. Their international reach and clout has grown. With the planned giant expansion, they will likely cement their status for a long time to come.

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Lumberton, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Fantastic museum...please don't miss seeing The China House....extraordinary feat to get it to Salem! The other exhibits are great as well....plan to spend a few hours here!

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Salem, MA
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts has an extensive collection. Check their calendar for upcoming special presentions. Can't get enough.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

this museum has more than you'd expect; you can do it in 2 hours, and you can spend many hours there especially if you do the China House

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Salem, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Be sure to see the China house. This is how to learn about Salem's history. Wonderful exhibits. Ansel Adams was great. Impressionists was also well worth the visit. Don't miss this & come back often.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Peabody Essex Museum, the PEM as we locals call it, is the third largest museum in Massachusetts. If you're interested in just about anything, you'll find a collection here. Because of Salem's Maritime history you can see some of the best Asian collections in the world, as well as American antique furniture, silver to die for and special exhibits... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

This museum is fantastic. It is great for kids as well. The gift shop is large and interesting. The permanent exhibits are great especially the house moved here from china. the revolving exhibits are so interesting

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