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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 42 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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New York Metro
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Interesting exhibits, extra money to visit the Chinese House. Spent an hour or so looking at the different exhibits, pretty cool. Probably not worth the admission fee.

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155 reviews 155 reviews
7 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a well-funded museum that justifiably attracts many visitors. It is an important magnet for bringing tourists to Salem and is located in a historic area surrounded by many small shops, boutiques and food outlets. Economical parking is next door to the museum. If driving yourself, be prepared to use your GPS as signage from the main highways is... More

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Millersport, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

we happened to visit on a free day. We were there to see the sights in town... we thought it was about the town and history. it had excellent exhibits that I am sorry to say that we did not do it justice because we didn't have the time and we were there to see Salem. My kids really enjoyed... More

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London, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Eclectic but predominantly maritime themed museum with some interesting pieces in their permanent collection. Paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, carvings, etc., even an enormous scale model of the Queen Elizabeth liner acquired from Cunard. There happened to be a special Turner exhibition on when we were there last week. This is Turner if you care to know --... More

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Mission Viejo, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We hadn't plan on visiting, but stumbled upon the museum in the center of town. It was included in the Boston Go Card, so we didn't have to pay admission. They were having a special exhibition of Turner artwork, so we went in. It surprised us, that this museum has so many different displays. It is not all art. They... More

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

In addition to the standard exhibits, there is a wonderful space for creative and imaginative works for youngsters.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

How many museums do you know of that have free admission? Yes, it's free if you live in Salem. Just bring your ID. It's fabulous too....so many wonderful exhibits, many of which are constantly changing so you always get to see something new. It's right in the downtown area, has a great cafe/cafeteria in the atrium lobby, and the staff... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We are glad we made time to stop at the PEM. Our favorite exhibit was, unfortunately, a traveling one, Animals and Art; wonderful! The other traveling exhibits were also excellent; if all the rotating exhibits are as good as these, I wish I were a resident! The maritime and American art exhibits on the first floor have some wonderful paintings,... More

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Albany, NY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Really enjoyed their collection of maritime paintings / art, as well as the exhibit on California design. Just wish I had been able to see all of it in more detail! Will definitely come back to do a more intensive visit.

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Douglaston, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This museum captures the history of the city through the art work exhibited. Much of which centers around being a seaport and trading with the orient. Beautiful Chinese and Japanese ceramics. Nautical maritime paintings prevail. The special exhibit was Turner so naval and sea theme as well.

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