Audio & Virtual Tours
Self-Guided Audio Tours
Discover PEM’s historic houses and learn the true history of the Salem witch trials in our self-guided audio tours.
PEM Walks: Historic House Audio Tours
Explore PEM Walks, an audio tour series that takes you by 15 remarkable buildings in Salem with PEM’s Content Producer Dinah Cardin and Manager of Historic Structures Steven Mallory.
The Salem Witch Trials Audio Walking Tour
Learn about the infamous events of 1692. PEM curators and experts share a behind-the-scenes perspective of some of the most compelling stories in Salem.
This tour starts inside the museum and is included with admission. Please note: A Wi-Fi enabled device is needed and use of headphones is recommended. Some of this material may be difficult for younger audiences. This tour is generously supported by the George S. Parker Fund.
Click below to embark on 360° tours of PEM's collection galleries and changing exhibitions. Move throughout the space and use your mouse or keyboard to zoom in and out to look around.
Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home
Explore a stately 16-room, 200-year-old Chinese home, which was transported from Anhui province to Salem and re-erected at PEM.
The Salem Witch Trials: 1692
Previously on view, The Salem Witch Trials: 1692 presented rarely exhibited documents and objects from the PEM collection to reveal tragic, true stories told through the perspective of the accused and the accusers.
Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion was on view through March 2021 and showcased more than 100 works spanning 250 years that recognized women's often-overlooked contributions to the fashion and design industry.
Currently on view, Salem Stories presents 26 alphabetical vignettes about the people, places and events that make Salem, Massachusetts, the city it is today.
The 2020 exhibition Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle presented 30 intimate panels from the series of paintings Struggle: From the History of the American People by one of the most renowned Black American artists of the 20th century.
Asian Export Art
Currently on view, PEM’s Asian Export Art gallery features more than 200 works of art made in diverse media by artists in China, Japan and South Asia — including porcelain, textiles, tea, ivory and silver.
The ongoing exhibition Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global takes visitors on a journey through time from the arrival of Portuguese merchants in the 1500s through Japan’s emergence on the world stage in the late 1800s and beyond.
Fashion and Design
Currently on view, PEM’s Fashion and Design gallery invites visitors to consider our common drive to continually manipulate, respond to and shape our changing world.
Maritime Art and History
PEM’s maritime art and history collection, which is among the finest in the country, frames the sea as an enduring source of opportunity as well as peril, a force that inspires creativity and innovation and encourages engagement with the wider world.
Where the Questions Live
Created by artist Wes Bruce, Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature was on view through January 2022 and adventurously investigated the connections, metaphors and experiences of human beings within the natural world.
Art & Nature Center
The Pod, located in The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center, encourages young visitors to grow their awareness of nature and tap into creativity through hands-on experiences. The Pod is currently open to the public.
This ongoing gallery space features sculptures from disparate cultures around the world that embody the dual concepts of power as a fundamental social dynamic and a part of our innate response to figures and faces.