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Peabody Essex Museum

One of the true cultural highlights in Salem, The Peabody Essex Museum brings art to life for its visitors.

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) did not start out being thought of as a true touchstone for art or as the home of the preeminent collections of American and Asian works in the United States. This beloved destination began as a merger between the East India Marine Society and the Essex Institute, combining collections of various works from historical art to those containing seafaring mementos. Today, the Museum is actually one of the largest in the country, thanks to the construction of a new building in 2003 that finished its final expansion just last year!


If you have visited The Peabody Essex Museum before their new updates, you will find that a lot has changed. Even though their collections of maritime oddities are still ever-present, the highlight of the PEM is now their collections of American and Asian art and design. Every day, the PEM offers a variety of tours to ensure that you get the most out of your visit. With all of this concurrent traffic, one would think it would be hard to just view the art for yourself. Yet the spacious design and abundant natural light of the new buildings allow for a perfect venue to view the works, no matter how “crowded” with patrons it may seem. If you love history, the older collections will captivate you. If you are just a culture buff who wants to soak up as much local color as possible during your visit to Salem, the PEM undoubtedly will have something that will captivate you. They house such an eclectic mix of works that you truly need to visit, probably even more than once, to experience it for yourself!

Salem Museums

If you take our advice and plan on checking out The Peabody Essex Museum or any of the other Salem museums that continually have travelers flocking to our historic town, be sure to book a room with us at The Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College. Located less than 5 miles away from The PEM, our spacious, well-appointed, accommodations and the discerning service of our staff will provide you with a perfect complement for your adventures throughout the area. Better yet, we are proud to offer a special Peabody Essex Museum Package which not only includes one night of accommodations but two tickets to the museum to ensure there is no stress during your memorable getaway to Salem.