Programs

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Programs

Gallery Spots

Stop by one of the galleries to meet a museum educator and discover more about one of the pieces on view.

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

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30 am. No reservations required.

Studio Discoveries

This is a drop-in, hands-on program for families and kids of all ages to get creative and sometimes messy! Explore art-making and art materials in depth while meeting and learning from real artists.

Weekend Art Activities

Make art together inspired by the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1—3 pm. No reservations required.

Weekend Festivals: Atrium Alive

Free, fun-filled weekend events for all ages. Art activities, performing arts, workshops, artist demonstrations, tours, films, presentations and more. Some events might require reservations.

School Vacation Week

Programming for children and families held during Massachusetts public school vacations in February and April. Some events might require reservations.

Related events For families

Ropes Mansion Tours
Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm 318 Essex Street, Salem

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, June 29, 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
Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm 318 Essex Street, Salem

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

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.

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

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
Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 11am - 12pm Summer Series at Ropes Mansion

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.

 

 

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

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

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
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 11am - 12pm Summer Series at Ropes Mansion

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

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
Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2pm - 3pm STORY TRAILS

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

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
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 11am - 12pm Summer Series at Ropes Mansion

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

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

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

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.