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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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If You Love History, This Is A Must!

We went through this a few times and have found more information each time. If you stop and really listen to the stories of Salem, its funny, but the majority of stories, no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We went through this a few times and have found more information each time. If you stop and really listen to the stories of Salem, its funny, but the majority of stories, no matter where you hear them, are very close in facts. Not many people tell different versions.

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Lusby, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Peabody Essex is in itself worth the visit, then add lunch for a memorable day. Delightful menu choices, helpful staff and excellent food.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I never tire of PEM. I love the layout, size, and variety of exhibitions. Great bookstore, affordable parking....what else could you ask for. Oh timely recent scholarship exhibits like "In Plain Sight....Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould"

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

rotating special exhibits plus some wonderful staples showing the treasures of George Peabody insect and birds galore

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A terrific museum that is definitely worth a visit when you are in Salem. We spent an enjoyable two hours here. Interesting permanent collections and also some nice temporary exhibits. The current wood exhibit is not to be missed. A large exhibit of beautiful wood creations from many different types of wood. You would swear that some of them could... More 

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Raymond, New Hampshire
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We went to see the Audacious wood exhibit. There's always something interesting to see, but the special exhibits are what make it worth driving down from NH to visit. This was definitely worth the drive. Some of the woodwork was so beautiful and glossy, you would have sworn that it was glass! It was interesting to see the progression of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

While you are walking around Salem, you must stop at the Peabody Essex Museum. Each time I've been, the exhibitions and collections have been impressive. Beautiful place. (I recommend even just stopping into the gift shop if you are short on time. And don't forget to visit the Old Burying Point Cemetery behind the museum.)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Amazing photo exhibit, superb permanent collection. Worth a trip from anywhere! Enjyed it so much we decided to become members!

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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

PEM contains the best collection of fine Chinese art outside of China, in my opinion... Not to mention the incredible artifacts and art obtained from the all-important Spice Trade between Salem and the Orient... Don't miss out on visiting this gem of a museum!

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SALEM, MA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The PEM is a Salem Jewel. It is a midsize museum with a focus on the nautical history of Salem. However they have increased their offerings to include art ant artifacts from many different countries. They also have special exhibitions that focus on Art and Culture. Their children's room is also fascinating. Children love exploring and touching the exhibits and... More 

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