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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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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Very cool exhibits!

Decided to come here to check out the Shoes: Pleasure or Pain exhibit before it leaves. We were surprised by how much we loved the other special exhibit on Wearable Art... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Warren, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While the overall museum is good, the featured SHOE exhibit was very disappointing. There was no rhyme or reason behind each display with the comments about the various shoes at such a low level that on this crowded day it was near to impossible to read the information.

Thank Alfred S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Decided to come here to check out the Shoes: Pleasure or Pain exhibit before it leaves. We were surprised by how much we loved the other special exhibit on Wearable Art! Definitely worth checking out.

Thank Greg S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum is small enough to see most to all exhibitions in a day. They have had many wonderful visiting exhibitions within this past year. I would recommend that if you have time, to view the exhibit via a tour guide and then go through it again on your own, the extra information can only enhance your experience. My recent... More 

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Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went for a girls night out. Both exhibits were beautiful as well as informative. In addition to the gorgeous displays of shoes and fashions, there was also verbiage and materials on how these works of art are made. The World of Wearableart has a video at the end. I would recommend making time to see this as it gives... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was our first time to this museum. Our favorite exhibit was the tour Shelter to Showpiece. Our guide was fantastic! She had so many stories and she was extremely knowledgeable. She really made the tour a nice learning experience. I was disappointed in the Native American exhibit. There wasn't enough pieces being shown. Overall it was a nice place.

Thank Patti D
Cape Cod
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This lovely museum was the perfect place to spend an afternoon. By luck, we arrived just in time for a very interesting guided tour of the Gardner Pingree house and the Yin Yu Tang house (included with the price of our ticket). Our guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Great tour. The shoe exhibit was unique- displaying an amazing array... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When KW suggested we go to see the shoe exhibit, he was either really trying to impress me or was so nervous about the Pats, he needed a diversion (neither really, but a grand gesture for a man!). I don't believe I saw too many men in the shoe exhibit, but it was very interesting. We had seen an exhibit... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The PEM is a gorgeous place, and they are expanding so it will be even larger. For all the space, though, a lot of it seems wasted. The special exhibit on shoes was great, but there was very little else of interest. It certainly would not have been worth $20 per person (or $18 for seniors); we were able to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Peabody Essex Museum has an outstanding collection of American and maritime art. It also houses interesting scientific exhibitions. There is plenty to entertain and interest the entire family here. The admission price is a bit steep, but definitely worth it.

Thank DuffyNC
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saw the shoe exhibit so much fun!! This museum is beautiful Took about 2-3 hours They have a separate building with all Chinese exhibits. I did not see that part but my friend has been in it and said it is outstanding

Thank miss g

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