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Peabody Essex Museum

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Address: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 866-745-1876
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Description: 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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Great day out--and no witches!

The Museum was a pleasant surprise as I had not known how great this museum was. Visited the Chinese house and viewed the 3 Long Bow films about Chinese life., toured the special... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The Museum was a pleasant surprise as I had not known how great this museum was. Visited the Chinese house and viewed the 3 Long Bow films about Chinese life., toured the special exhibition, had a fantastic lunch in the garden restaurant and browsed the fantastic gift shop.

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Boston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I know the North Shore of Boston very well, and often visited the predecessor museums that the Peabody-Essex Museum (or "PEM" as they like to be known) is now comprised. Growing up in this area gave one a great sense of history, and the museums in the area once provided many examples of why this area was so important, especially... More 

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Woodbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is wonderful. Exhibits change often, China House is a great addition. Loved the Thomas Hart Benton exhibit - well thought out and very comprehensive.

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Port Townsend, Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Museum is located in the midst of other major Salem attractions, so very convenient. The space itself is well designed and filled with light. Good collection, coherently displayed. I liked the fact they also had an outdoor exhibit nearby with explanatory material on site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Well done. Nice layout. Exhibits were well done. Pay the extra fee for the Chinese house. It is an audio tour of a real house. It is well worth the money.

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Cold Lake
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We didn't have enough time to visit museum, but some wicker sculptures were around the town to enjoy and I absolutely love the museum shop. They store lots of books, high quality gifts for children and adults, home decor as well as jewellery and ceramics. They have also board books for young children, puzzles etc making this store family friendly.... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Was surprised by this hidden gem! Spent most of the day at the museum. Tons to look at, had modern art mixed in with the old to keep it fresh. Make sure to go earlier in the day because they offer a free guided tour of three houses nearby! The Chinese house is completely worth the extra $5.

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Bucks County, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

So the teens want to visit Salem, been there, done that. Us too. This time we let them try the wax museum and shops for a few hours and ,et for luch while parents and grandparents took advantage of this great museum with a perfectly manageable layout. Something for everyone, kept the dad with a maritime bent busy for hours,... More 

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North Adams Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I've visited Salem countless times but never stopped here. I've seen all the great reviews and decided let's give it a shot. Going in with high expectations thinking it would be full of cool Salem and the surrounding area stuff we were let down. It is full of Chinese India ect modern type art. Even the hands on stuff was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful time at the museum. The museum is small and has a lot to offer. Thomas Hart Benton's exhibit is a must see! We had lunch at the Garden Restaurant in the museum and loved it as well. It is a great way to escape the heat and change the pace of a usual Salem vacation.

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