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The Art & Nature Center closed July 8 for renovations. An interim space, the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center, opened July 14, 2012. The Art & Nature Center is scheduled to reopen fall 2013 with the special exhibition Artist–Animal Collaborations.

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. Pick up a family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and search for animals or explore life at sea. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our Book Buddies story time program. Come experience PEM — together.

Drop-in Art Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm.
Pop-Up Art & Nature Center
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available in the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center.

Family-friendly Resources

Ships Ahoy!: Gallery Discovery Kit

Download this family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and explore life at sea. PDF Format.

Ships Ahoy!:Gallery Discovery Kit

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
Opening Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10am - 5pm

Included with museum admission

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.