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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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Kentucky
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105 reviews 105 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We came to Salem mainly to visit the seaport and the old houses. Our tour book highly recommended the Peabody Essex Museum. So, we decided to go. Wow! What an amazing collection. Be sure you go to the Chinese House which was shipped from China and rebuilt at the museum. The museum has a hands on exhibit for the Natural... More

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Conway, MA
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31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Peabody Essex Museum is a treat to visit, so much to see in the various buildings. There are historic things to interest most people. This time we especially wanted to visit the Yin Yu Tang House, which was moved from China and reconstructed on a site directly behind the PEM. What a special place to walk through, all the... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I finally convinced my husband who does not really enjoy museums to go to the Peabody. We both loved it. It had something for every interest. We will go back again for sure. We both especially enjoyed the Chinese home. It is free for Salem residents.

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CT
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150 reviews 150 reviews
21 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I was looking forward to visiting the Peabody and I was not disappointed. Asian art, maritime exhibits and artifacts - just about anything that might be of interest. Docent led talks are also available. Currently there is a Calder exhibit, which was great and is included at no additional cost. There is an add on of this historic homes which... More

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Denver, Colorado
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133 reviews 133 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum started as a repository for all the cool stuff that the New England whalers and sea-faring traders collected in their travels around the world, it has matured into an eclectic mix of artworks from many cultures, expertly curated and displayed. Forget all the goofy witch stuff around Salem, this is the must-see in town. Plan on a couple... More

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Pearland, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Who would have known that this is the coolest spot in Salem. I came to Salem for the history and witches and found this jewel because it was raining cats and dogs outside. Maybe it was just my karma pulling me in, but I was delighted. They have a different approach with multi-media that is quite unusual. It's a must... More

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Elmhurst, Il
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14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited after a friend recommended it. The Chinese home was a highlight. It was an amazing place and the listening devices added a lot to help us novices understand the arrangement and customs of that area of China in those times.

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

nice museeum, liked everything about it, but it is a lot of old shopwerecks, and native american history from the area, which is great

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United States
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163 reviews 163 reviews
33 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

What a fantastic treasure in downtown Salem. This museum is modern and wonderfully designed - yet dates back to 1799 when sailors using the nearby port would bring home treasures from around the world. This is a wonderful distraction amongst the dozens of witch shops, museums and haunted houses.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I went specifically for the tours of the homes from 3 different eras. They focused on architecture more then history. It was a interesting tour and the houses are well maintained. The museum itself is beautiful and has some interesting artifacts.

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