Peabody Essex Museum

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What you'll do

In the 18th-century, sea captains would bring back all kinds of weird and wonderful objects from their journeys. The Peabody Essex Museum is where you can see these 'natural and artificial curiosities from exotic lands'.

Visit the Peabody Essex Museum with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • Peabody Essex Museum admission included.
  • See exhibitions featuring art and artifacts from across the globe at America's oldest continuously operating museum, found in 1799.
  • Maritime manuscripts and shipboard logs to explore.
  • The biggest collection of maritime art and artifacts. 
  • Visit plenty of other Boston attractions with your pass.


There are one million works to discover, including an 18th-century Chinese merchant's house transported from China and reassembled in the US, art from diverse cultures, and Indian sculptures. You'll also see maritime documents and a photography collection dating back to when photography was first invented.

In the museum's fine collection, you'll find American art and architecture, Asian export art, Native American, Oceanic, and African art, as well as one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts.

The Excitement of the Peabody Essex Museum Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Salem, a hidden gem in the heart of Salem, Massachusetts, is a place where art, culture, and history cross paths. The museum's diverse collections span centuries, continents, and cultures, thrilling visitors with engaging exhibits that shed light on the wonders of our world. Here, you can personalize the world of beauty, mystery, and learning, creating lasting memories with each visit.

Experience History at the Essex Museum

When you step into the Essex Museum, you're stepping into a portal to the past. With artifacts from Native American history to maritime tales, this museum opens up stories from centuries ago. It's like flipping through pages of a real life history book, where every exhibit offers a different story. A day spent here is not just entertaining but also an educational journey that both adults and kids can appreciate.

Uncover the Magic of Essex Peabody Museum

The magic of the Essex Peabody Museum lies not only in its collections but also in its commitment to storytelling. It's a place that sparks curiosity, encourages creativity, and inspires deeper connections with the diverse and remarkable stories of human creativity. Its innovative exhibits and thought-provoking programs make every visit a new adventure, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for the world's cultural richness.

Experience art and culture from around the world, see one of the biggest collections of sea exploration artifacts in the world and get hands-on with the interactive exhibits.

Peabody Essex Museum exhibits and highlights

Written on the Waves – this exhibit features shipboard logs and journals. It's a unique look at the world of maritime manuscripts through the logbooks of 18th-century sea captains who voyaged around the globe, recording their expeditions and feats.

Faces of Devotion: Indian Sculpture from the Figiel Collection – widely-regarded as the finest collection of Indian sculpture in the world, this exhibition presents ritual bronzes of deified heroes, pastoral gods and goddesses, and totemic animal spirits spanning the last millennium.

Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China – this exhibit explores four of the motifs often associated with China, through delicate works on paper and other objects that helped to shape perceptions of the Middle Kingdom in 18th-century Europe.

Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light – features never-before-seen objects such as a 17th-century bejeweled Incan dance crown, as well as art from diverse cultures – from the Haida of British Columbia to the Incas of Peru. This exhibit focuses on the connections between the traditional and personal, the present and the past.

Peabody Essex Museum campus - twenty-two noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

Experience #newPEM - the museum's new wing and renovated galleries offer a distinctive experience that is designed to heighten feelings of surprise, wonder, delight, and reflection. Fresh installations of the museum Maritime art, Asian export art and Fashion and Design collections address eternal themes. The new wing features a collection of never-before-seen artworks as well as brand new commissions by contemporary artists.


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Know before you go

Getting In: please check in at the admissions desk for entrance in the next available time slot.

Please Note: your pass is valid for general admission only and not special exhibits.

For more information, visit the Peabody Essex Museum website.

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Where you'll be

Operating hours

Thursday - Sunday: 10AM - 5PM

Closings & holidays

  • Mondays
  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Peabody Essex Museum

(978) 745-9500

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