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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 55 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Art 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: History museums, Specialty museums, Art 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, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a wonderful museum, featuring art, furniture, etc. It has been expanding its offerings for many years now, so is always improving. Definitely worth a visit on any trip to Salem. Of course the various "witch" sites are fun, but for those who enjoy a good museum - this is the #1 site.

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Not too much going on in this museum., nothing facinating, but some good local pieces and I liked the ship/american portion of the museum.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This world class museum covers the local history of shipping, trading, architecture and so much more. PEM offers top exhibitions of art that rival the most well known museums. The Chinese house is spectacular. There are many special events held here as well. The PEM is worthy of being your focal point for a visit to Salem.

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I love museums, especially art museums but everything in this museum seems single-minded. The most interesting thing was the Chinese merchants house they actually brought over from China and reconstructed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

This museum is really wonderful and perfectly sized, with some, if not the best collections I've ever seen (including European museums). I especially like the collection of furniture with its rich history. Lovely staff. Great building. Quite expensive to get in but I do think it was worth it.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Rotating exhibits are always quite interesting. The most interactive one I've witnessed is the current 'Trees'. A lot of fun and interest for all ages. Peaceful yet lively, overall. Great gift shop and cafe, too. Fascinating Chinese house is a permanent exhibit.We hope to tour the nearby historic houses on our next visit.

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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We enjoyed the special exhibit on furniture, a private tour of historic houses, the maritime paintings and a delightful little restaurant in the back of it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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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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