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Peabody Essex Museum

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Address: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
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+1 866-745-1876
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Great Museum in the most unlikely location

Generally there isn't much to see but antiques north of Boston, but the Peabody Essex museum in Salem is a gem of the north shore. Everyone should visit this museum at least... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Generally there isn't much to see but antiques north of Boston, but the Peabody Essex museum in Salem is a gem of the north shore. Everyone should visit this museum at least once. They have a great collection of Asian, Native American, Maritime, and gneral Art, as well as historical item that were part of the Asia/New England trade. Give... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Peabody Essex Museum is a real gem. The building is interesting, the collection is fantastic and the shop is wonderful. Inside the structure is Yin Yu Tang, a late 18th-century Chinese house from Anhui province that had been removed from its original village and re-erected here using traditional methods. Today I saw Shoes: Pleasure and Pain which is on... More 

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Thank Mary M
Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite museums. Over the years they have had marvelous exhibits. My most recent visit I was there for the shoe exhibit. What a fun exhibit. The four of us walked out smiling. This museum also has wonderful permanent collections . Don't miss stopping in the museum gift shop, for it is a great one! You... More 

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Thank Voyager2480
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

great attention to detail - artist displays are sequenced with the viewer in mind - good variety of themes throughout - I especially liked the shoe display, and asian art

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Thank Peter G
Peabody, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Viewed shoe exhibit recently was great! Have also been to hat exhibit was great too! Great place to visit and go on tour of the museum. Very nice gift shop too!

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Thank LovesItalyMA
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

PEM's ongoing exhibits include artifacts from the 19th century China trade and the Yin Yu Tang House, an early 19th century Chinese home that was dismantled in China and reconstructed on the PEM property. One of the temporary exhibits now at the museum is about Shoes and their meaning in various cultures throughout several centuries. It's fascinating to see beautifully... More 

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rather interesting exhibit. Mostly women's items, not surprisingly. Current examples and those from times past. From far flung places and near to home. Lots of painful-looking high heels. I never thought that much about shoes. I'll go look again.

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Huntington Station
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Peabody Essex Museum was a great place. Very interesting, and a lot of fun. Absolutely loved the Shoe Exhibit. I highly recommend it. The museum is also very close to other very cool Salem stores, and restaurants.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK but not as interesting as I expected. The building is fine and sometimes has good exhibitions but the normal gallery was disappointing after the great Harvard and Boston museums.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently visited the PEM to see the Shoes exhibit, which was such fun. Staff are very friendly and helpful. There was a limited selection of food available in the coffee shopt in the atrium, but everything was very tasty. Parking in the nearby garage is very reasonably priced.

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