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Families

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art.

Where else can you fold an origami penguin, meet a live wolf and make your own finger puppets? At PEM, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our PEM Pals and Story Trails programs. Come experience PEM — together.

Gallery Spot

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Drop by and join a museum educator in the galleries to get a closer look at one of the objects or artworks on display. Discover the materials and ideas that were used to create each object and have a conversation with an educator. This is a great jumping off point to exploring the rest of the galleries at PEM.

Drop-in Art Making

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Art Cart

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm, ask for cart's location at the information desk.
Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you.

Story Trails

Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM's galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals

Wednesdays, 10:30am
Ask for location at the information desk
included with museum admission
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Studio Discoveries

The opening of the new art studios in the Art & Nature Center helps us kick this program into high gear. Meet artists and designers of all types, get an up-close look at some of their tools and learn about different techniques. Come explore and create together in this exciting program for all ages.


Support for Family Programs provided in part by the Lowell Institute, American Dental Partners and Target.

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Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Free Fun Friday
Friday, July 8, 2016

Free general admission today!

The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to participate in the annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Please note that tickets to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House are not included.


The Ward House, Crowninshield-Bentley House and the Gardner-Pingree House, all just steps away from the museum, are also open for free today from 11 am to 4 pm. There's no need to check in at the museum first.


The Ropes Mansion (318 Essex St.) will be open from noon to 4 pm for self-guided tours.


Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 66 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Each Friday this summer, there will be between five and eight venues open for free. The program began Friday, June 24, and runs through Friday, August 26. For the full schedule visit www.highlandstreet.org.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

19th-Century Cooking
Summer Series at Ropes Mansion
Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 11am - 12pm
978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

Learn about 19th-century cooking and recipes used by the Ropes family with food historian and contemporary food essayist Sandra Oliver. The session is followed with a free drop-in art-making activity, bird seed feeders, from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Mansion Garden, which is open to the public. Cold lemonade is served. Garden activity is weather permitting. Talk made possible by the Margaret Nowell Graham Lecture Fund. Free drop-in garden activity made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

 

This program is sold out

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

Ropes Mansion Furniture
Summer Series at Ropes Mansion
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 11am - 12pm
978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

See highlights of the furniture collection with Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art. The session is followed with a free drop-in art-making activity, hanging plant pouches, from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Mansion Garden, which is open to the public. Cold lemonade is served. Garden activity is weather permitting. Talk made possible by the Margaret Nowell Graham Lecture Fund. Free drop-in garden activity made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

 

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

Gulls Ahoy! Life and Art of the Seashore
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

Have you ever watched gulls in action or wondered where they live? Explore more about these squawking seabirds and the Isles of Shoals as we read Oscar the Herring Gull by Nancy M. Donovan. Join us for a story in the exhibition gallery where paintings by Childe Hassam serve as an inspirational backdrop then meet artist Laurie Bebick and make your own art using objects from the seashore as alternative paintbrushes.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

Ropes Mansion Garden
Summer Series at Ropes Mansion
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 11am - 12pm
978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

Explore the Ropes Mansion's 1912 garden design with Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research. The session is followed with a free drop-in art-making activity, French beaded flowers, from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Mansion Garden, which is open to the public. Cold lemonade is served. Garden activity is weather permitting. Talk made possible by the Margaret Nowell Graham Lecture Fund. Free drop-in garden activity made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

 

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.