Dear PEM community,
We have missed you! Over the past few months, the museum has stayed in touch with you by sharing digital content, stories, conversations, and ideas as part of our #PEMfromHome campaign. It’s been a time of much work and reflection, and now it’s time to get back to what we do best: providing in-person encounters with art and culture that stir your imagination and spark important conversations.
I am pleased that PEM has now reopened to the public on Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. To allow for safe physical distancing, a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside the museum and its galleries at any time. Reserve your tickets in advance at pem.org/tickets or by calling 978-542-1511. We will move to the full regular Tuesday through Sunday schedule when it becomes viable.
In addition to the museum’s main campus, PEM’s Phillips Library Reading Room, located at 306 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley, MA, has now reopened to the public. To learn more details about opening hours and plan your visit, please see: pem.org/visit/library.
After months of quarantine, the uplift of stepping into PEM’s soaring, sunlit spaces and communing with art and with friends, will remind you why you love museums and why they are so vital to our culture. Here are just a few things you can look forward to experiencing:
- Two fan-favorite installations, Charles Sandison: Figurehead 2.0 and Anila Agha’s All the Flowers are for Me will draw you back into their immersive realms of light and shadow.
- This fall, the world’s largest collection of materials related to the Salem Witch Trials goes on view for the first time in 30 years. Salem Witch Trials 1692 offers new insights and helps explain why this complex tragedy still captivates us today.
- PEM’s new wing with its suite of galleries devoted to the Permanent collections and its adjacent garden will take you on a journey around the world and across time.
The health and safety of PEM’s staff and visitors is our highest priority. Timed tickets will ensure that occupancy levels remain low—a perk for museum goers who enjoy quiet galleries—while enhanced sanitation measures and environmental health protocols will make you feel confident and safe during your visit. Complete details may be found at: pem.org/safety
For more than 220 years, PEM has created cultural experiences that ground us and propel us forward. I know you are eager to get back to the museum and we can’t wait to welcome you in person very soon!
The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO
Peabody Essex Museum