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):
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.