United States

Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square
Phone: 978-745-9500
Fax: 978-745-7550

Peabody Essex Museum

The recently transformed Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime, and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and public programs, plus a hands-on education center. In 2006, PEM was named one of the nation's "Top 10 Art Museums for Kids" by Child magazine. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture in the United States.


General museum admission: Adults $13; seniors $11; students $9 Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $4 Youth 16 and under, free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. Special exhibitions may require an additional fee.

Opening hours

The Peabody Essex Museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Getting there

The museum is approximately 16 miles north of Boston, at 137 Essex St. in historic Salem, Massachusetts (corner of Essex and New Liberty Streets). For directions, call 978-745-9500, ext. 3145, or visit

By train, take the MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport line) from Boston’s North Station or other points, to Salem station-a five-minute walk from the museum. Go up the steps to street level, cross Bridge Street, and walk down Washington Street. Go left on Essex St. to the end of the pedestrian mall.

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