Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
Open the third Thursday of every month 10 am-9:00 pm
Closed Mondays (except holidays)
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA
Phone: 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649
Program Reservations: ext. 3011
Adults $20, seniors $17, students (with ID) $12, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free*.
*Does not apply to youth in student/tour groups.
For late nights, $12 after 5 pm
Plan ahead. Purchase your museum admission online.
People who work in Salem admitted free Tuesday through Friday, 10 am–5 pm. Please present a business card, recent pay stub or acceptable employer verification at the admissions desk. Not valid on holiday Mondays or for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House.
Members admitted free to all sites and special exhibitions.
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The Phillips Library Reading Room is open in its temporary location at 1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-4:30 pm. Approved Visiting Researchers are welcome, by special appointment, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm.
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The museum is undergoing some exciting changes as it prepares for a major expansion with a new wing and reinstalled galleries (click here for more information). As part of this process, certain galleries will be closed temporarily. We apologize for any inconvenience.
At this time, the following areas are closed:
Asian Export Art: China, Ground Level
Asian Export Art: India, Level 3
The Mellon Staircase, Ground Level and Level 3
August 28: Asian Export Art: China,
The Mellon Staircase, Level 2
September 5: East India Marine Hall, Level 2 (reopens mid-November)
September 18: Art & Nature Permanent Displays, Ground Level (reopens December 2)
Maker Lounge (reopens October 15)
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am until 5 pm,
open the third Thursday of every month
10 am-9:00 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays, see below).
Open the following holidays
Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2016
Columbus Day: Monday, October 10, 2016
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Blue Star Museums
This summer, PEM joins more than 2,000 museums nationwide to offer free admission to military personnel and their families. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) through Labor Day (September 5, 2016) and is available to active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve. Military personnel – and up to five family members – gain free museum admission with their military ID. A complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House
Enter the Huang family ancestral home to gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture and culture
$5 (plus museum admission)
Salem residents, museum members, and youth 16 and under FREE
From 10 to 11:15 am and 1:15 to 2:15 pm Tuesday through Friday, Yin Yu Tang is unavailable to our general audience due to scheduled school group and adult group visits. All times are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply.
Same-day timed tickets to Yin Yu Tang may be purchased at the admissions desk.
Advance tickets may be purchased, with a surcharge, by ordering online.
Advance ticket purchase for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, is encouraged as tickets frequently sell out. Please arrive early in the day for best selection of times. East India Marine Associates wishing to reserve tickets, please e-mail us for assistance.
Prepare for your visit
If you have purchased tickets online for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, please arrive at the museum at least 30 minutes prior to the visit time.
To best prepare for your Yin Yu Tang experience, please read Planning your visit to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House
Furniture, furnishings and films about Yin Yu Tang are now on view in the Ground Level Chinese art gallery, adjacent to the new Double Happiness exhibition. Also, please enjoy interpretive materials, objects and a video about Yin Yu Tang on the Ground Level outside Morse Auditorium and on the Level 2 landing.
Historic House Tours
Experience two centuries of New England life, art, and architecture through the museum's National Historic Landmark houses. A variety of tours of the Gardner-Pingree (1804) and John Ward (ca. 1684) houses are available. Topics and times vary; visit the admissions desk or the information desk for reservations. House tours are included with museum admission.
K–12 Group Tours
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Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
- Admissions Desk
- Development Department
- East India Marine Associates inquiries
- Planned Giving
- Annual Fund
- Corporate Sponsor
- Docent Council
- Event Sales
- Natalia Laskaris
- Garden Restaurant Reservations
- Group Reservations
- School Group
- Adult Group
- Human Resources
- Membership Inquiries
- Museum Shop
- Phillips Library Reference Line
- Reference: 978-542-1553 or email@example.com
- Photographic Rights and Reproductions
- Public Program Reservations
- Public Relations
- Whitney Van Dyke, Director of Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-542-1828
- Security Office
Getting to the museum
The museum is approximately 16 miles north of Boston, at 161 Essex St. in historic Salem, Massachusetts (corner of Essex and New Liberty Streets). For recorded directions, call 978-745-9500, ext. 4145.
For driving directions via a GPS device, use the address: 144 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
Take Route 128 North. NOTE: I-95 and Route 128 North share the same loop around Boston. When I-95 and Route 128 North divide, stay on Route 128 North, to Exit 25A. Take 114 East into Salem, following signs for the Peabody Essex Museum and Rte. 114. Approximately one mile after entering Salem, you will cross an overpass. As you come off the overpass, take the exit on your right. This puts you on Route 107/Bridge Street. Go straight through the light and take your second right, onto St Peter Street. Go left at the stop sign and right onto New Liberty Street. The museum is straight ahead and a parking garage is on your right.
To park, you may use the parking garage on New Liberty Street. In addition, there is a municipal parking lot on nearby St. Peter Street, and a smaller garage on Derby Street, at the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Derby Street, three blocks from the museum. Limited on-street parking is available around Salem Common and at two-hour meters.
Take the MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport line) to Salem station. Due to construction currently taking place at Salem Station, a pedestrian detour has been constructed. Follow the pathway indicated from the station, up the stairs or access ramp, turning left once you have reached the street level (Bridge St.). At the intersection at Bridge and Washington Streets, proceed on Washington Street. Follow Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.
The museum is approximately one-half mile from the Salem station. If you are concerned about the walk from the station, buses are available. See the directions listed under "By Bus" for the route numbers.
From Boston: Take the No. 450 Haymarket/ Salem Depot bus to the stop at the intersection of Washington and Federal Streets in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk back down Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.
From Revere/Wonderland Station: Take the No. 455 Wonderland/ Salem Depot bus to the stop at the intersection of Washington and Federal Streets in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk back down Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.
From Salem Depot: Take the No. 450 or 459 bus to the North Street stop at Lynde Street in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk down Lynde street, taking a right at Washington St. Proceed down Washington street, turning left onto the Essex street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.
Additional bus routes can be found on the MBTA website.
From Boston, board Salem Ferry at Boston Harbor Cruises on Long Wharf for a relaxing 50-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran. Ferry docks at the Blaney Street Wharf on Salem’s historic waterfront, a short walk or cab ride from the museum. For rates and schedule visit www.salemferry.com.
For security reasons
- All parcels, including handbags, brought into the museum are subject to search.
- Parcels 11 x 15 inches or larger may not be brought into the galleries without a security pass.
- Umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.
- Neither knapsacks nor backpack baby carriers may be worn in the galleries.
- Photography without flash, for personal use only, is permitted, except where noted and in Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House. Flash photography, video and the use of tripods and selfie sticks are permitted only with prior approval from the Security Department.
- Out of consideration for others, set cell phones to silent at all times. Please refrain from talking on cell phones and using excessive flash in the galleries.
- Please contact the security office at 978-745-9500, ext. 3190 for more information.
Services available for your comfort
- A coat check is located just inside the entrance of the museum. Pay phones are also located in this area.
- Storage lockers: Key-operated lockers are available in the main building and in Phillips Library for small bags and personal items.
- Elevator access: Elevators are located just off the Atrium, in the Yin Yu Tang annex, and in Dodge Wing.
- Wheelchair accessibility: Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask for assistance at the coat check.
- Baby-changing stations are located in all restrooms on the first floor of the museum.
- Strollers are allowed in the galleries but not in Yin Yu Tang. They may be checked at the coat room.
- Strollers and wheelchairs are available on loan from the coat room.