Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)
A wonderful museum of international art and cultural history with 30 galleries, historic houses, period gardens, a cafe and shops. Enjoy permanent and changing exhibitions and many special events. Open year-round.
Check out family activities link for the frequent programs & special Essex Museum Family Activities.
PEM's Idea Studios are a spacious new art education center designed to bring art, culture, and nature together for adults and children. The Art and Nature Center features self-guided, interactive experiences about art and the natural world. The Art Studio is open every Saturday for public programs, artistsí demonstrations, and changing exhibitions. The engaging Media Studio, alway open, gives adults and children access to a broad array of knowledge relating to the museumís collections.
PEMís Art & Nature Center was highlighted as a 'Donít Miss' experience in Child Magazineís feature article 'The Ten Best Art Museums for Kids' in March 2006.
Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House
**Additional $5 fee - separate from admission**
Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and reassembled at the Peabody Essex Museum. Enter the Huang family ancestral home to gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture, and culture.
Timed tickets ($4) are required to visit Yin Yu Tang. Tickets for 30-minute visits on weekdays, and 20-minute visits on weekends and holidays, are included in museum admission, subject to availability. Tickets obtained on site must be used the same day.
Tips for Touring Yin Yu Tang:
Keep your coat with you.
Yin Yu Tang is outdoors and is cool in fall and winter. Backpacks and umbrellas are not permitted in the museum or in the house. You must check these belongings in the coat room. Strollers are not permitted in Yin Yu Tang; you may leave them with our staff at the entrance to the house. Free audioguides are available at the information desk and should be obtained prior to your ticket time.
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Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Yearís Day
Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $11
Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents admitted free.
Members admitted free to all sites.
East India Square, Salem, MA, 01970 map
Take Route 128 North. NOTE: I-95 and Route 128 North share the same loop around Boston. When I-95 and Route 128 North divide, stay on Route 128 North, to Exit 25A. Take 114 East into Salem, following signs for the Peabody Essex Museum and Rte. 114. Approximately one mile after entering Salem, you will cross an overpass. As you come off the overpass, take the exit on your right. This puts you on Route 107/Bridge St. Go straight through the light and take your second right, onto St Peter St. Go left at the stop sign and right onto New Liberty St. The museum is straight ahead and a parking garage is on your right.
You may use the parking garage on New Liberty St. In addition, there is a municipal parking lot on nearby St. Peter St., and a smaller garage on Derby Street, at the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Derby St., three blocks from the museum. Limited on-street parking is available around Salem Common and at two-hour meters.
Take the MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport line) from Bostonís 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.
From Boston, board the No. 450 or No. 455 bus at Haymarket Square.
From Boston, board Salem Ferry at Central Wharf (New England Aquarium Whale Watch booth) for a relaxing 50-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran. Ferry docks at the Blaney Street Wharf on Salem's historic waterfront-a short walk or cab ride from the museum. Eight round trips daily, June 15-October 31. For rates and schedule, call 978-741-0220 or go to www.salemferry.com.
- From 10:00am to 11:00am and 2:30 to 3:30 daily, Yin Yu Tang is unavailable to the general audience due to scheduled school group and adult group visits.
Idea StudiosWhat a great idea! Had a great time this weekend. Look forward to going back
More than meets the eyeThis is such a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. We've found great activities and books way in the back of the activity center. The cafe is also great -- not too pricey, and the best soup I've ever had (apparently made by the chef at the Hawthorne Hotel!) Chocolate milk & milk are practically at school lunch prices. Even free lockers for coats! On weekends you can do an art project that you'd pay big bucks for at some studio. We've seen some of the performances and they were excellent. The shop also has gorgeous stuff!
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