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Relentlessly Curious. Deeply Human.

This September, we introduce an entirely new museum experience.

There is the new building, of course. Designed by Ennead Architects, the 40,000-square-foot expansion features three new floors of dedicated gallery space, a light-filled atrium and a welcoming entrance for school and group tours. There is also a new 5,000-square-foot-garden, with unique water features and plantings, that offers an inviting space to sit and relax and contemplate.

But the construction is only part of the story. In this stunning new space, visitors will encounter dynamic installations of our vast collections, including maritime, Asian export art and fashion and design, new exhibitions, new work by commissioned artists, and more opportunities to encounter art in public spaces. We can’t wait for you to come and explore.

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#newPEM opens to the public on September 28th


Join PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO Brian Kennedy during this special new wing celebration to officially kick off the museum’s newest and most exciting chapter yet. Tour the new space, enjoy live music, art making and performances throughout the day. General admission is free.

PUBLIC OPENING | Sunday, September 29 | 10 AM - 5 PM | FREE

PEM’s public opening continues. Tour the new wing, enjoy live music, art making, and performances throughout the day. General admission is free.

Want to be among the first to see the new wing? Become a member today!

PEM GALA & ART PARTY: A New Wing Celebration | Saturday, September 21

Come celebrate the opening of PEM's new expansion with a night of dinner, drinks, live music, performances, and unforgettable experiences. This is the first opportunity to explore three new floors of art, culture and design as well as experience the museum's stunning new atrium and garden. Engage with fresh collection-inspired installations, meet contemporary artists and fall in love with PEM all over again. Tickets available at

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PEM’s East India Marine Associates (EIMA) are the cornerstone of the museum’s annual giving program. EIMA members collectively contribute more than $1.7 million per year to support the museum’s core curatorial, educational, exhibition, and public programs. To become an EIMA member and participate in this special reception, please contact for more information.

MEMBER & CORPORATE MEMBER OPEN HOUSE | Thursday, September 26, 10 AM - 8PM | Friday, September 27, 10 AM - 5PM

Experience all that PEM has to offer—as a member. Your membership support enables the museum to present superb exhibitions and share outstanding works of art, culture and creative expression with the world. You receive unlimited, free PEM admission, invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, curator-led gallery talks, special Museum Shop sales and events. Please contact to become a member and experience PEM’s new wing before it opens to the public.

Corporate members help advance PEM’s mission while receiving an array of benefits, including up to 40%-off event space rental in the museum’s new 8,000-square-foot atrium and 5,000-square-foot garden. PEM offers unique opportunities for you and your business to achieve valuable exposure, fulfill your philanthropic goals and connect to your passions, all while reaching PEM’s diverse audiences. Please contact to become a corporate member and experience PEM’s new wing before it opens to the public.

TOP IMAGE: © Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects.

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