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Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
866-745-1876
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Ranked #1 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Coral Springs, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

My daughter and I were given two must sees in Salem and this Museum was one of them (House of the 7 Gables was the other) There was an amazing exhibition with animals and art which we went to first. Pictures attached. There were also Chinese collections, Japanese collections, Nautical collection and so much more. The building is beautiful and... More

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St. Catharines, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure what I was going to see but the collection is extensive and impressive. It gives you a good idea of what the area was like. The collection to my surprise also has a picture of James Cook, the explorer. I was really impressed with that. The architecture of the building is very well done as well. So... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A lovely open space, filled with many fascinating items from around the world, based on an intriguing concept that a local band of travellers had to come back from their travels with some thing of interest and had to give talks about it. However, the displays are well set out, but the passage through these displays is a little ill... More

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Kenosh
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The museum had a wide variety of displays. Cost for adults was $18 if you by the tickets there. Part of the Boston Go card if you buy that. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. If you enjoy art you'll want to stop here.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I was just there and amazed with the history of the museum. The amount and diversity of the exhibits. Worth the visit.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The Museum's main gallery in downtown is impressive and has an impressive collection. A 'not-to-miss' is the Ying Yu Tang house, a merchant's house from 18th century China that was brought from China and reassembled at the museum. Check in advance for tour times. The museum also owns over 20 historic homes built between 1660s and 1900. Some are located... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

What a gorgeous venue, and the exhibits are fascinating. The gift shop is a real bonus! And the café is tremendous - the food is from the Hawthorne Hotel!

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pennsylvania, USA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The Peabody was O.K. . I did not find it as exciting as most other people did. But I really enjoyed the Chinese House exhibit. Worth the extra $5. It was a totally immersive experience, especially since few others were around with me when I saw it. Don't miss it.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you visit Salem and skip the Peabody you haven't been to Salem. Don't miss the China House as well inside the Peabody.

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'm spoiled from living in NYC. But given how small Salem is this museum was very interesting. The works they had were different from the usual and their special events area had a great exhibit when we went.

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