Mission & Vision
PEM interprets its singular collection in ways that invite visitors to discover the inextricable connections that link artistic and cultural traditions
As the nation's oldest continuously operating museum, PEM was among the first museums in America to collect works of art and culture from around the world.
As the nation's oldest continuously operating museum, PEM was among the first museums in America to collect works of art and culture from around the world. Its collections of contemporary and historic American, Asian, Maritime, Oceanic, Native American, and African art and culture, as well as its archival library and historic American and Chinese houses, are among the finest of their kind. PEM is committed to meeting the highest professional standards in the development, management, care, and preservation of its collections.
Interpretive Philosophy and Methods
Presentation and interpretation of outstanding contemporary and historical works of art and culture resides at the core of the museum's mission and methods. PEM presents and interprets works of art and culture in ways that connect art to the world in which it is made by creatively fusing art, culture, and history; connecting the past to the present by acquiring and exhibiting both contemporary and historical works; and encouraging people to discover and explore the rich interconnections among international artistic and cultural expressions and traditions. As a people-centered museum, PEM's resources are dedicated to providing compelling and meaningful experiences to diverse audiences. PEM aims to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of the public it serves.
Ethics and Professional Standards
PEM seeks to achieve the highest professional standards in caring for its collections, sharing its scholarly and creative efforts, and managing its financial and human resources. In doing so, PEM embraces and adheres to the standards and practices established by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the American Association of Museums (AAM), and the PEM Board of Trustees.