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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Appeals to many interests

Great visiting exhibitions. Love the Chinese house. Could spend an hour or more in there. And if you are a fan of traditional New England furniture or the local maritime... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Georgetown, MA
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great visiting exhibitions. Love the Chinese house. Could spend an hour or more in there. And if you are a fan of traditional New England furniture or the local maritime history, this is the museum for you. I come several times a year. Seems every couple of years, they expand or renovate, so the place keeps fresh.

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Newburyport
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We leave not far and go several times a year. It is a must see for our visitors as well. The permanent collection is beautiful and always offers a pleasant discovery. ( The roots of the collection date back to the late 19th century and is founded on the treasures brought back home by seafaring captains. ) The children's science... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is open for light breakfas as well as lunch. The Atrium Cafe is self service, but food quality very good ane reasonable. The Garden restaurant is more upscale, but ambiance and meals are wonderful.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is lovely. It has a wonderful Asian arts section and an interesting steel cube exhibit by a Pakistani artist, and the artist was on hand to answer questions. There was an Asian techno music party one night, but the DJ was not that good.

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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very classy and quality museum. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed myself for hours. The exhibits are excellent and there are some great and famous artists in the museum collection.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only does the museum have a great collection. The staff are very knowledgable, patient, and friendly. What amazed me the most is the Yin Yu Tang. Being in the Yin Yu Tang made me "lived" the experience! Its like walking into the time machine and going past to the Qing Dynasty!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is world renowned! People travel for all around too visit here. It has a Chinese home replicated on sight. They have new exhibits that are modern as well as more historical. Must see when visiting Salem, skip all the witch hype and take in valuable culture.

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We specifically went to PEM to see the Standabeest Exhibit, and then wondered through a few of the permanent exbits afterwards. The museum has been "cobbled" together over the years, and has a beautiful sunlit atrium. There is a parking garage right next door, so easy in and out. It's a great central location to explore old Salem. There was... More 

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Boylston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In 1799 Salem's prominent merchants traveled the world in search of trade and cultural exchange. As a result, many extraordinary works of art and culture were brought back and form the basis of the Peabody Essex Museum. The Museum's collections are the finest of its kind including New England art, maritime art, and Asian and Native American collections. The Peabody... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been at least a decade since I have visited but I found The Peabody Essex Museum to feel as fresh and new as my last visit. The museum is clean and inviting a full of such a variety of exhibits, I imagine anyone could find enjoyment in it. I was particularly interested in the Native Fashion Show which did... More 

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