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 guests who are deaf or hard of hearing: 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, $15 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.



Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays).

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

Please note: As part of our expansion project, the Ongoing Displays in the Art & Nature Center is temporarily closed. Our Art & Nature Center Pop-Up opened on November 13 in Create Space. Here you will find many of the favorites from the Art & Nature Center. Activity bags are also available at the information desk.

Cup for Kindness
Bring a nonperishable food donation to the admissions desk between December 4–31, 2018 and receive a voucher for a complimentary cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate from PEM’s Atrium Café. All donations benefit The Salem Pantry. Vouchers are valid through December 31, 2018. Offered by PEM in partnership with Gourmet Caterers.

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, The Mellon Staircase and the Ongoing Displays in the Art & Nature Center.


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.

Visit \\ The Phillips Library

The Reading Room is now open

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

Learn & Play \\ Educators

Student Tours


Daily Tours