PEM reopens July 18

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 to announce that PEM will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 18. Museum members, generous patrons, and contributors to the #WeArePEM campaign — which provided memberships to over 300 caregivers at North Shore Medical Center — will enjoy preview days on Thursday, July 16, and Friday, July 17. The museum will begin reopening on Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm and tickets will be released beginning Thursday, July 9 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, will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16. 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:

  • PEM’s critically acclaimed and timely exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle has been extended through mid-August before it embarks on a national tour, beginning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • 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.
  • 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!


Best wishes,
Brian Kennedy
The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO
Peabody Essex Museum

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