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The 51 bells of the Westerkerk can be heard all over the west end of Amsterdam. They chime every quarter hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also hear them during museum hours at the Peabody Essex Museum in the exhibition “Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks for the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.”
On Tuesdays at noon, Boudewijn Zwart, city carillonneur for Amsterdam, climbs the 255 steps to the top of the Westeroren (West Tower) to play music on the carillon, a piano-like instrument connected to the Westerkerk’s many bells. In this excerpt, Zwart plays “Baletto del Granduca,” a piece by 17th-century Dutch composer Jan Pieterszn Sweelinck. Listen to the full performance and several others on PEM's YouTube channel. Click on the YouTube link at the bottom of this page.
Ever since he became a PEM security guard in 1993, Jim Drago has used his own brand of humor to brighten the lives of PEM staff and guests. Maybe he will have a joke for you the next time you visit.
EIMA families and friends came together on October 3, 2010 for an afternoon of illusion and exploration in the Art and Nature Center's exhibition, Eye Spy, Playing with Perception. See the incredible animation video they created that day!
To celebrate the opening day of Eye Spy, Playing with Perception, exhibition artist Michael Macaulay created a chalk mural on the floor of PEM's Atrium. As delighted visitors looked on, Macaulay's mural, Undiscovered, transforms from a simple black backdrop into three dimensional fun.
On loan from The Tina and Anil Ambani Collection of contemporary art from India, renowned artist Anish Kapoor’s sculpture "Halo 2006" arrived at PEM in early 2010. In this video, watch as the PEM crew unpacks and installs his immense stainless steel masterpiece.
Ron Labbe, one of the featured artists in Eye Spy, creates stereoscopic art and photography. See a range of historic and contemporary 3-D imagery as Labbe shares fascinating facts about 3-D and how it works.
5th graders from Salem's Witchcraft Heights School report on Salem's history as a dynamic international trade port.
A Behind the Scenes Interview with textile conservator Deirdre Windsor as she prepares for Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel.
Trash Menagerie artist Heidi Aishman creates playful animal images out of recycled and used makeup. Watch as she draws and paints a guinea pig using mascara, nail polish, foundation and blush. Her I’m So Beautiful series portrays the animals typically used for cosmetic testing.
Cole is passionate about PEM. With his parents, this 18-month-old lover of art and culture makes new, lasting discoveries each time he visits.
Video directed and shot by Museum Action Corps (MAC) intern Susan Fuller.
NBC correspondent Matt Lauer and Henry Ng, Executive Vice President of the World Monuments Fund, bring us inside the Qianlong Garden.
PEM hosted "Down by the Sea!" at Dead Horse Beach in Salem in conjunction with the exhibition Trash Menagerie. More than 75 adults and kids helped environmental artist Kyle Browne create a giant sea turtle sculpture using found natural materials and beach debris. The July 11, 2009, event doubled as a beach cleanup - all the trash was later deposited in trash and recycling bins.
East India Marine Hall is one of PEM's most popular event spaces. This impressive, elegant ballroom -- the focal point for banquets and toasts for nearly 200 years -- features objects and works of art brought back by entrepreneurs who sailed the world. For more information, please contact the Functions Department at 978-745-9500, ext. 3115.