Peabody Essex Museum

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.


161 Essex Street Salem, MA 1970

Driving Directions

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 Street. Go straight through the light and take your second right, onto St Peter Street. Go left at the stop sign and right onto New Liberty Street. The museum is straight ahead and a parking garage is on your right.To park, you may use the parking garage on New Liberty Street. In addition, there is a municipal parking lot on nearby St. Peter Street, and a smaller garage on Derby Street, at the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Derby Street, three blocks from the museum. Limited on-street parking is available around Salem Common and at two-hour meters.

Notes & Advisories


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  • Accessible/ Wheelchair or Stroller Accommodating
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Parking Available
  • Restrooms Available
  • Self-Guided