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Peabody Essex Museum of Salem

East India Square
Salem, Massachusetts
Phone: (978) 745-9500 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Peabody Essex Museum is a museum of international art and culture, presenting exceptional collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art; in addition to maritime art and history; American decorative art, Native American art; African art; Asian export art, and photography. These outstanding collections are set amid one of the nation's premier ensembles of early American architecture, as well as a late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese house, reassembled on the Museum's campus.

Highlights & Collections:

The museum features world-class collections of Asian export art, art of China, Japan, Korea, India, Africa, and the Pacific Islands; as well as American decorative art, architecture, photography, maritime art and history, and Native American art



Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House 
Asian Export Art Wing 
Three Centuries of Salem Architecture
Maritime New England
The museum campus includes 250,000 square feet of gallery and public spaces, a state-of the-art performance center, a museum shop, a cafe, a restaurant,, a resource center, and a research library. In addition, the museum owns 24 historic properties, many of which are open daily for tours. Guided tours of the galleries at 2 pm. Historic house tours scheduled daily. For information, call Admissions at (978) 745-9500 x3011.

A general tour of the galleries bringing to life the art and culture represented in the Peabody Essex Museum's collections.


Adults $13; seniors $11; students $9; children 16 and under and residents of Salem, free.

Our hours are now 10 am to 5 pm daily. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Call 978-745-9500 ext. 3228 with any questions.     Group tours: Groups are welcome.

Museum Café open for lunch. Call (978) 745-9500, x3118.

The Peabody Essex Museum shop offers a variety of treasures related to the museum's collections, including classic and contemporary jewelry; traditional folk  arts from Asia and the Americas; fine replicas of glass, ceramic and porcelain  wares; maritime prints and models; and unusual toys and games from around the
world. The shop also has an eclectic bookstore with everything from colonial and  maritime history to cookbooks and children’s stories. Admission to the shop is free.

The Peabody Essex Museum is in the heart of Salem's historic district, 35 minutes from Boston's North Station on the MBTA Commuter Rail, and 40 minutes by car via Routes 128, 114, or 1-A. Follow signs to downtown Salem, where ample parking is available.

Via I-95 or U.S. 1 to Route 128 North, take Exit 26, Lowell Street, Peabody. Proceed through Peabody center 2.4 miles, turn left after Dunkin Donuts onto Bridge Street (Route 107). Proceed 1.2 miles to Winter Street (1-A). Turn right. Follow 1-A past Salem Common (on left) to Essex Street (opposite Hawthorne Hotel). Take right onto Essex Street. Take right for municipal parking.

Via 1-A North, follow Route 1-A North one mile past Salem State College. Continue on Route 1A  until it becomes Derby Street. Bear right onto Derby Street. Turn left onto Hawthorne Boulevard. Take left on Essex Street opposite the Hawthorne Hotel. Take right for municipal parking.

Via 1-A South, through Beverly over the bridge into Salem. Follow 1-A signs past Salem Common (on left) to Essex Street (opposite Hawthorne Hotel). Take right onto Essex Street. At mall, take right for municipal parking.

Via MBTA Commuter Rail from North Station, take the Rockport/Ipswich Line to Salem. For MBTA
information call 617-722-3200 (Boston only) or 1-800-392-6100.

Via Boston-Salem Ferry Service
From Boston’s Long Wharf to historic Salem waterfront. Daily service begins June 18 and runs through October 18. Ferry passengers receive $1 off museum admission. Call Boston Harbor Cruises at (617) 227-4321 for tickets or more information.

Key Personnel:

Dan L. Monroe, Executive Director & CEO

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