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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10am - 5pm Opening Day

Thomas Hart Benton painted stories about American people and mined Hollywood for his signature style. Through music, film and conversations with the curators, discover how Benton played a leading role in 20th-century American art.

 

EXHIBITION OPEN

10 am-5 pm | Special Exhibition Galleries | Level 3

 

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

The Root Farmers
Noon-1:30 pm | Atrium

Enjoy traditional fiddle styles including Appalachian old-time, blues, bluegrass, Cajun, Irish and swing.

 

PRESENTATION

In Conversation with Curators of Art and Film  
2-3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by June 4

Join Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art and exhibition lead curator, and film expert Matthew Bernstein as they explore the deep connection between Benton's art and Hollywood, as well as Bernstein's role as film curator for the exhibition. Bailly and Bernstein segue to an in-depth discussion of The Grapes of Wrath.

 

FILM

The Grapes of Wrath
3:30-6 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by June 4

The Grapes of Wrath is director John Ford's classic adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel illustrated by Thomas Hart Benton. This film, starring Henry Fonda, captures the impact of the Great Depression on one representative family - the Joads. 1940, 129 minutes. Introduction by film expert Matthew Bernstein.

 

Made possible by The Lowell Institute

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

Free Fun Friday at PEM
Friday, June 26, 2015 from 10am - 5pm

The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to participate in the annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. On Friday, June 26, 2015, PEM will open its doors with free general admission to visitors all day long. Please note that tickets to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House are not included.

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 begins Friday, June 26, and runs through Friday, August 28. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit: www.highlandstreet.org.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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