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This museum harkens back to 1799, when sea captains would bring home a "cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities" from strange and exotic lands. Today, it houses one million works, including an 18th-century Chinese merchant's house transported from China and reassembled here.

Experience art and culture from around the world at one of New England’s largest museums. Located in the coastal city of Salem, Massachusetts, the Peabody Essex Museum offers unrivaled collections, special exhibitions, a hands-on education center, an award-winning shop, and a café and restaurant. The museum campus also features numerous parks, period gardens, and daily tours of historic houses, including Yin Yu Tang, an 18th-century Chinese merchant’s house transported from China and reassembled at the Peabody Essex Museum.

The Peabody Essex Museum houses an impressive collection of African, American, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, and Indian art, as well as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Maritime Art & Artifacts. Also on display is a Photography collection featuring acquisitions from as early as 1840 (the same year photography was invented).

In addition to a stunning permanent collection, PEM regularly rotates unique themed exhibitions through its halls. Here is a preview of some of the exhibits visitors can expect to find at PEM (check website for the specific exhibits that will be available during your visit):

  • Written on the Waves: Shipboard Logs and Journals: A unique look at the world of maritime manuscripts through the logbooks of 18th-century sea captains who voyaged around the globe, recording their expeditions and feats.
  • Faces of Devotion: Indian Sculpture from the Figiel Collection: Widely-regarded as the finest collection of Indian sculpture in the world, this exhibition presents ritual bronzes of deified heroes, pastoral gods and goddesses, and totemic animal spirits spanning the last millennium.
  • Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China: This exhibit explores four of the motifs often associated with China, through delicate works on paper and other objects that helped to shape perceptions of the Middle Kingdom in 18th-century Europe.
  • Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light: Features never-before-seen objects such as a 17th-century bejeweled Incan dance crown, as well as art from diverse cultures—from the Haida of British Columbia to the Incas of Peru. This exhibit focuses on the connections between the traditional and personal, the present and the past.
  • The Peabody Essex Museum dates to the 1779 founding of the East India Marine Society, with a charter that included a provision for “the establishment of a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities”. Satisfy your own curiosities at PEM while viewing the delightful works of art and intricate artifacts from the far reaches of the globe that captivate the imagination and enlighten the mind.

The Go Boston Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Peabody Essex Museum tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Please check in at Admissions Desk. Your Go Boston Card applies only to General Admission and not special exhibits.


Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
On the third Thursday of every month, 10 am-9 pm
Open Monday holidays


Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


161 Essex Street
East India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970

Driving Directions

From Boston, Route 1 or I-93 to 128 N, exit 25A. Follow Route 114 into Salem. In Salem, follow signs for the museum and downtown parking; there is a parking garage next door.

Public Transportation

Take the Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport line). The museum is a five minute walk from the Salem station. Follow signs for downtown.

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By Bob from PA from Columbia, PA on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Peabody Essex Museum:

This was a fascinating museum. The American art display was stunning. The museum has many interesting exhibits and you could spend the better part of a day here. Our children (10, 9, and 6) were not as interested but it became teaching moments for them about the history they were viewing.

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One of the best!
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Comments about Smart Destinations Peabody Essex Museum:

I've been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is far and away my favorite Museum in New England. But the Peabody Essex Museum is my second favorite! It's surprisingly large and you can definitely spend an entire day there. The China exhibit (I think it may have been a rotating one, so it may not be there all year long) was fascinating. Plus, Salem is just a beautiful place to visit so it's worth the trip.

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