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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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We went primarily to see the Yin Yu Tang house, and were not disappointed. We also were able to spend some time in some of the other galleries and enjoyed the collections.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We went primarily to see the Yin Yu Tang house, and were not disappointed. We also were able to spend some time in some of the other galleries and enjoyed the collections.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The Atrium offered sandwiches to grab and go or you could order a make-your-own. All the sides were available, including a delicious NE clam chowdah! Fast service.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

There was a special exhibit of Thomas Hart Benton art which was a nice extra. The museum contents specialize in regional art, as well as a diverse collection of Asian art and accessories. Definitely worth a visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Overall: Amazingly well funded museum for being hidden in a town outside of Boston (Salem). Having read the museum and how large the collection is, I was anticipating a lot, but was underwhelmed. Perhaps there is much in storage. I also think many of the special exhibit spaces were closed, so there was much less to see when we visited... More 

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PEMSalem, Guest Relations Manager at Peabody Essex Museum, responded to this review

Dear ABD27, Thank you very much for your review and the feedback you provided. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the museum, and especially the Yin Yu Tang House. It truly is a special highlight of our collection. I regret that your experience on the Shelter to Showpiece tour did not meet your expectations. I have... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

You need to spend hours in this museum, it is fantastic so many different halls with artifacts you will learn a lot.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I carry a little side bag. Even in the smaller shops with the most narrow avenues of navigation, no one gives me a hard time about it because of the age old rule of buying what you break. However, even the little bit of weight that is carried in the bag, caused discomfort when I was asked, by a museum... More 

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PEMSalem, Guest Relations Manager at Peabody Essex Museum, responded to this review

Dear NathanielleSean, Thank you for your recent visit to the museum; I'm sorry I was not able to greet you in person. Thank you also for sharing your feedback on your experience. I am sorry if you felt that our policy regarding backpacks and other parcels was applied arbitrarily. We strive to be consistent in communicating our policies to guests.... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

June 3, 2015 - We visited the Essex Peabody Museum while we were at Salem, Mass. to learn about the witches and maritime history. There was a special exhibit of intricate and beautiful wood carvings done by different artists around the world. In addition to the special exhibit, the museum also had exhibits relating to maritime history as well as... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I'm ashamed to admit that I'd never heard of the Peabody Essex Museum. It turned out to have a world-class Asian art collection, a fascinating and complete Chinese merchant house rebuilt in the museum, plus a very broad exhibit of works by Thomas Hart Benton. Just make sure to leave enough time for your visit!

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Visited with my 81-year-old mom, who uses a wheelchair. Spent approx $50 in gift shop, then we were stopped twice from using the restroom, by two different security men. First man asked me where I was going. I explained that mom needed to use the bathroom, then he apparently issued me a warning, although I had no idea what he... More 

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Woodland Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

For every beach vacation you plan, you'd better have a rain day backup! When the clouds rolled in during a recent visit to the North Shore, we headed to Salem with a promise of witches for the kids and a museum for the grownups. But even three generations can find something to marvel over, be amazed and get lost in... More 

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Address: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 866-745-1876
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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