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Peabody Essex Museum Salem

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Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
161 Essex St
Salem
MA
01970
Tel: 978-745-9500

Where are we going today?

The Peabody Essex Museum wants everyone who visits to be able to celebrate art and culture in a variety of ways, and with all of their exhibits, programs and activities, we think they've succeeded!

This popular Salem museum is filled with a variety of exhibitions, each of which cover something different. You see kids, art isn't just paintings! Nope! Art can be photography, it can be sculptures, it can be pottery, and it can even be film!

Each of the exhibits at the Peabody Museum will introduce kids to a whole new range of art and culture - from Chinese and Japanese culture and history, to Native art of the Northwest Coast. 

There are always new exhibits at the museum, so when you go back there is a good chance to seeing something new!

We haven't even started telling you about the collection at the museum yet! The Peabody Essex Museum has a collection of pretty incredible works that date back all the way to the 1700s. There are photos, paintings, textiles, architectures, and sculptures. Kids can experience art from Asia, America, Africa, and even Native American and Oceanic. 

The museum has brought art from all over the world straight to them!

Did you know that they have 1.8 million works? Now, that's going to take you more than one family day out to enjoy isn't it!

Let's not forget about the programs just for families! Have you ever wanted to fold an origami penguin, or meet a live wolf? Perhaps you want to make your own finger puppets! Well, at the museum there are plenty of ways to have these fun adventures!

Gallery Spot is on select Saturdays where you can just drop in and have fun learning about art. Or on weekends Drop In Art Making lets you go and create if you're feeling inspired! How fun! Interactive fun, story trails...the list goes on!

Go on...have an amazing art time in Salem! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18
  • Children$10 students with ID
  • Free Under: 16 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tues - Sun. 9pm close third Thurs of the month.

All year round. Closed Mondays except holidays.

Teachers corner

You can call and reserve your school trip for grades K to 12.

I'm Hungry!

There is a cafe and restaurant with yummy foods to fill those art loving stomachs!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe and restaurant offers salads, soups and even gluten-free options so you don't have to worry!.

Any Top Tips?

They have daily tours for every age which are included with the admission, so it's first some first serve! Ask at the admissions desk.

Need a little extra help?

All of the public are of the museum are accessible to wheelchairs, but the historic houses aren't .

Can I get one of those?

There is a museum shop where you can pick up a number of fun and educational art items! Bring those pennies!.

More information

If you love the museum, check out membership because you get free admission!.

What people are saying?

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    Such a great museum. Great exhibits and tons of variety. Architecturally a great building. Was able to see an Ansel Adams exhibit a few years back. Great gift shop too.

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    I spontaneously visited the Peabody Essex Museum over the holidays when I took a surprise trip to Salem while visiting friends in Boston. I was thoroughly impressed. We spent a long time visiting all the exhibits we could and I truly enjoyed all of them. The diversity of style, medium, and history of the works displayed was epic and the overall atmosphere was beautiful and more metropolitan than I expected. It is not the cheapest place to visit in the area, but the quality and uniqueness of what you will experience and see is worth every penny....Read More

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    I live in the city so I am used to the Museum of Fine Arts or big museums like the Field in Chicago. This is the little museum that could... it offers many exhibits in a small area. It is known as a Maritime museum with many exhibits that involve maritime paintings or large merchant ship models. The coolest thing about the Peabody Essex is that it has a complete 200 hundred year old chinese house that they shipped into the museum. It is known as the "Yin Yu Tang" house and is quite amazing. It is a tactile way to see and feel the architecture...Read More

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    A very fun museum for adults and kids. Very clean place and great staff. Food from the cafe was delicious too.

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    Many new, exciting, interactive exhibits since last visit !
    Animals and Art was a huge hit with my 6 yr old grandson! The Insect Museum especially
    cleverly fascinating ! Being part of the exhibit drew patrons together who may never had acknowledged each other ! Kudos !
    Unfortunately, I was not told on entry to the Museum that tickets for the Finch installation were
    necessary........so it was a disappointing and frustrating journey up to the third floor, and down to the ticket desk to find out that it was sold out for the day .
    Love the new...Read More

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by Sarah Benoit

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I spontaneously visited the Peabody Essex Museum over the holidays when I took a surprise trip to Salem while visiting friends in Boston. I was thoroughly impressed. We spent a long time visiting all the exhibits we could and I truly enjoyed all of them. The diversity of style, medium, and history of the works displayed was epic and the overall atmosphere was beautiful and more metropolitan than I expected. It is not the cheapest place to visit in the area, but the quality and uniqueness of what you will experience and see is worth every penny.

by douglas julian

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I live in the city so I am used to the Museum of Fine Arts or big museums like the Field in Chicago. This is the little museum that could... it offers many exhibits in a small area. It is known as a Maritime museum with many exhibits that involve maritime paintings or large merchant ship models. The coolest thing about the Peabody Essex is that it has a complete 200 hundred year old chinese house that they shipped into the museum. It is known as the "Yin Yu Tang" house and is quite amazing. It is a tactile way to see and feel the architecture of a period home of this chinese merchant. Tickets are 15 bucks!

by Ruthie True

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Many new, exciting, interactive exhibits since last visit !
Animals and Art was a huge hit with my 6 yr old grandson! The Insect Museum especially
cleverly fascinating ! Being part of the exhibit drew patrons together who may never had acknowledged each other ! Kudos !
Unfortunately, I was not told on entry to the Museum that tickets for the Finch installation were
necessary........so it was a disappointing and frustrating journey up to the third floor, and down to the ticket desk to find out that it was sold out for the day .
Love the new changes, even the older exhibits feel new.
Thank you for the Sketch book in the Dutch Room ! A wonderful idea !
We will be back....earlier in the day :)

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