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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 36 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty 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: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

For those not going to Salem for the witch history, or for a wonderful break from it, this is a lovely and not oversized museum that is fun and manageable to roam for however much of the day you have. I enjoyed their recent Calder exhibit. Beautifully arranged and lighted to make each and every piece a real delight. Sadly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a world class museum located in Salem. Although a small museum, the quality of the exhibits is high. The Calder exhibit was amazing and it says a lot about the museum that it attracts artwork of this calibre. A highlight is Yin Yu Tang, the 200 hundred year old Chinese house on permanent display. Recommended to combat witch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Another gal on the flight to Boston recommended this museum. My sister and I had enjoyed the museum and the exhibits. Cheap parking was around the corner and while we didn't eat lunch there, the food looked delicious. Hot soup and salads! There was school groups visiting that day-all of the groups of grade 5 and up were very interested... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were told to nix the witch stuff and go here. Meh. It was nice, but not something I would stay at for more than a couple hours. The best part is the Chinese house. It's just like any other museum, so if you're in Salem for some history of the town, just walk around... there's plaques all over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The peabody Essex museum has a fantastic permanent display of China trade items. It also has a full sized chinese house to tour, providing a great understanding of family living in China. Currently has a Caulder exhibit. The museun is recognized for the important exhibits that they are able yo attract. Also has one of the best gift shops you'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Right in the center of downtown Salem, this is a must see if you have time. They also have a great kids section, so the little ones can have a good time too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Somewhat eclectic in its collections, but all of them very good. Good maritime art as well as items from early US/Asia trade

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Kind off the beaten path, but they regularly get nice exhibits and the permanent collection is nice if you're interested in maritime and trade art

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Newton, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Museum is great. The Garden Restaurant has very poor food. Enjoy the museum and then find someplace else in the neighborhood for lunch.

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

Dear Tobytlk, Thank you for your review and letting us know about your recent experience at the museum. We appreciate the feedback we receive, and comments like those you have shared give us an opportunity to take a hard look at our operations, ensuring we continue to meet the standards of excellence we set for ourselves. I have shared your... More 

Swampscott, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

There is a ever rotating array of exhibits, for the entire family to enjoy. While the adults explore, the kiddos can play. What's more want? Oh wait, it could be free ;-) ....but seriously, you should go!

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