News \\ Press Release

PEM closed due to COVID-19. Read on to learn more.

Due to ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, closed to the public on March 12, 2020, at 5 pm.

PEM will remain closed until further notice, subject to continuous review, and will reopen when the risk to public health has mitigated. Safeguarding the health and safety of our public and staff is our utmost priority.

All events at the museum, both PEM-organized and PEM-hosted, have been canceled or postponed through April 30th.

Museum security and climate systems will be fully maintained throughout the closure, ensuring the safety of all works of art in our buildings. Comprehensive staffing and operational plans are being developed. All staff members continue to receive pay and benefits.

For an organization founded on global connections and centered on human interactions, we feel the impact of this moment acutely. Museums, as always, provide light and inspiration during challenging times. We will be creative in maintaining PEM’s relationship with you in this time of crisis.

Please continue to check our website for additional updates.