Planning your trip

Drop by anytime. There's always something amazing to do at PEM!


East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. Phone: 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876. For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649. Program Reservations: ext. 3011.


Adults $20, seniors (65 and over) $18, students (with ID) $12, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free*. (*Does not apply to youth in student/tour groups.) For late nights, $12 after 5 pm.

People who work in Salem admitted free Tuesday through Friday, 10 am–5 pm. Please present a business card, recent pay stub or acceptable employer verification at the admissions desk. Not valid on holiday Mondays or for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House. Members admitted free to all sites and special exhibitions.

PEM is pleased to participate in the EBT Card to Culture program, which provides free admission for two to EBT cardholders from Massachusetts; All active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel receive year-round complimentary general admission. PEM also participates in the Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission to all active-duty military plus their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.




Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Open the third Thursday of every month 10 am-9:00 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays).

Holiday Hours: Open the following holidays: Monday, October 30, 2017.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Please note: During October we recommend using public transportation to Salem whenever possible. Traffic is often very heavy, parking is limited and there are periodic street closures to accommodate seasonal events. To help plan your trip, please visit the city of Salem's website or their Twitter feed for up-to-date listings.

Gallery Updates

The museum is undergoing some exciting changes as it prepares for a major expansion with a new wing and reinstalled galleries. As part of this process, certain galleries will be closed temporarily. At this time, the following areas are closed: Asian Export Art: China, Ground Level and Level 2, Asian Export Art: India, Level 3 and The Mellon Staircase. Due to exterior landscape work, the entry forecourt into Yin Yu Tang is closed. As a result of recent weather-related damage, the Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty exhibition was removed on Monday, September 18, in order to ensure the safety of our guests and the public.


Do you have questions about visiting PEM? We want to make your experience amazing! Please contact us for more information.

Travel Planning

Salem and North of Boston cities and towns are among the country's most engaging and visually rich destinations.

Accessibility & Security

All parcels, including handbags, brought into the museum are subject to search. All public areas of the museum are accessible to wheelchairs.

Tours \\ Yin Yu Tang

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

Enter the Huang family ancestral home to gain a rare perspective on Chinese art and culture. The house provides unrivaled opportunities to explore the artistic and cultural heritage of rural China and the multi-faceted, often surprising, connections between Asia and America.

For Families \\ Experiences

Art & Nature Center

Art & Nature Center showcases original exhibitions that investigate our interconnections with nature through contemporary art, memorable objects and interactive experiences.

Tours \\ Architecture

Historic Houses

Experience two centuries of New England life, art, and architecture through the museum's National Historic Landmark houses. A variety of tours are available.

Dining at the Museum

Atrium Café

Enjoy light, informal dining at the Atrium Café in the museum's soaring Atrium.

Event \\ Rentals

The Perfect Setting

The beautiful Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the region's most exquisite settings for your special events. Whether you're planning a corporate banquet or a gathering for close friends and family, the museum offers a beautiful space that is perfectly suited for creating memorable occasions.

Library \\ The Reading Room

Phillips Library

The Phillips Library Reading Room is now closed through March 31, 2018.

Visit \\ Family Visits

For Families

At PEM, we want to make it easy for you and your family to connect with art and culture.

Visit \\ Tours

Group Reservations

Explore Art \\ Learn & Play

Student Programs


Daily Tours