The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), one of New England’s largest museums, offers visitors a dynamic experience of art and culture amidst its renowned collections of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, African, Oceanic, and Indian art, as well as American decorative art, Native American art, maritime art, and photography. The unique experience is heightened by new methods of interpreting installations, including provocative pairings of contemporary and historic art, activities in PEM’s Idea Studios, and the use of new technology which encourages visitors to send information to their home computers via ArtScape. An interactive Art and Nature Center and Art Studios are also located here. Visitors can also peruse additional information in the Chat and Relax areas, where comfortable living room furniture, books, gallery guides, and videos about art await them. In addition to new installations throughout the new museum, PEM presents one of the nation’s premier ensembles of early American architecture, including 25 historic properties, which offer visitors views of life in earlier times.