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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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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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A gem in every way

The PEM has earned a reputation as one of the most interesting museums in the country, and it's easy to see why. The museum gracefully pulls together the themes of Salem's China... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The PEM has earned a reputation as one of the most interesting museums in the country, and it's easy to see why. The museum gracefully pulls together the themes of Salem's China Trade, New England art and architecture, and modern art from its origins to up-to-the-minute artists, wrapping all this in a beautiful exhibition space. The tours of historic houses,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum has so much to see. Especially loved seeing Rodin's 'The Thinker' and the Qing's Dynasty Merchants' home..They have a number of tours each day, most of which are free. Tours of the Gardner-Pingree (1804) and John Ward (1684) houses are also available. Other interesting collections we saw included - Chinese Art, Maritime displays, Native American Art, and so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum had summer exhibits with a touring Rodin exhibition and also impressionist Childe Hassan. Both were well done, well exhibited, informative and worth the trip and admission. We have previously visited the Museum and found the exhibits worthwhile. Periodic special exhibits make this a place to visit a couple of times a year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Rodin exhibition is superb, and something that will be missed by many interested university students in the area - due to the timing of the show between mid-May and Labor Day. It is such a world-class assembling of important work by Rodin, and there is much to learn here, it shouldn't be missed - if you enjoy 19th Century... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The PEM always impresses. Their collections and special exhibits along with a friendly and knowledgeable staff make the museum very approachable. The Rodin exhibit was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do not miss this museum. It almost doesn't fit the area, lots of witch type shops (I know its Salem) but this museum is absolutely Outstanding! Took around 2 hours to walk all exhibits, Rodin and New England history!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We truly enjoyed this museum. We went especially to see the Hassan and Rodin exhibits. Both were amazing. We did feel it was worth the extra charge to tour the ancient Chinese house. We are looking forward to going back someday to see the many sections of the museum that we missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Peabody Essex Museum is an historic institution with a wide range of art, dating back to the China trade of the nineteen century as well as art up to more modern times. They currently have two excellent exhibits, one on Rodin sculpture and the other on Childe Hassam's turn of the 20th century landscapes from the Isles of Shoals... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing ....need to go to. Right in the heart of Salem Mass....plenty around you for lunch or dinner, check out Reds Sandwich shop after!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in New Hampshire so getting to Salem, Ma is not easy, but the trip to the Peabody Essex was worth the traffic. The impetus to go, was to see the Rodin exhibit. In a nut shell this exhibit was worthy of MOMA or the MFA. PEM has its DNA in maritime heritage and the older part of the... More 

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