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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 must see gem in Salem

We have been to the PEM many times over the years. We spent about 3 hours at the PEM and to fully see it you probably need a day or two. Currently there are two temporary... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been to the PEM many times over the years. We spent about 3 hours at the PEM and to fully see it you probably need a day or two. Currently there are two temporary exhibits worth seeing. Paintings of the Isles of Shoals by Childe Hassam was the first exhibit we visited. What a pleasant surprise to see... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to visit while touring Historical Salem...great restaurants nearby also. Plan to spend the better part of a day to absorb all of the exhibits. You will not be disappointed

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed every aspect of this museum's collections. They were interesting and well curated. However, there are tons of doors with no disability access, so if you have a wheelchair or stroller, be sure to bring someone along to help you navigate the entries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The PEM is one of the most beautifully and esthetically pleasing!!! Naturally lighted, open entrance, architecture dream. The employees are welcoming and the museum is inviting. Everyone is helpful and the museum is easily accessible. Each exhibit is well curated and worth your time! The gift shop and cafe are terrific entities. I have had a membership for over a... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were on a bit of a time crunch visiting here, but so glad we squeezed it in. We did the tour of the museum and also the three period houses. We enjoyed everything here, wish we could have had more time to look around more. I probably would have stayed about 4-5 hours had I not been rushed. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a lovely treasure of a museum! Wonderful collection of New England art and artifacts, many with a maritime twist as should be expected of the region. But the collection extends well beyond too--see the fascinating Yin Yu Tang home, for example. All in a great, comfortable facility worth visiting several times.

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Personally, I was a bit underwhelmed by Salem, but the PEM was great. They happened to have two very interesting special exhibits (Rodin and Hassam). The permanent collection revolves around the history of Salem. Big Asian collection (Salem sailing ships went to Asia); Americana collection. The building itself is evocative of a sailing vessel. Take the walking tour of 3... More 

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Who knew, in a little town north of Boston, that a small museum could hold so many treasures?! Awesome, and easy to get to using GPS. Current Rodin exhibit is a must. See you there!

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Prince Geroge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

awesome museum.. fairly priced, good tour and lots of information.. take ur walking shoes-- BUT the food court could be improved on..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been here many times. Really nice experience- check what's on exhibit beforehand (which I'd recommend to anyone going to a museum). For a local museum, they do a really great job, and it's a very manageable museum to navigate (i.e. you don't feel overwhelmed).

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