Visiting Salem in October

We can't wait to welcome you to PEM’s much-anticipated fall exhibitions, The Salem Witch Trials 1692 and Salem Stories. To ensure everyone’s safety and to comply with COVID-19 protocols, we have reduced capacity in the galleries. A limited number of timed exhibition tickets are available at After selecting General Admission, make sure to add your desired exhibition to your visit.

Not able to get a timed ticket for The Salem Witch Trials 1692 or Salem Stories? Not to worry! There are more than a dozen other exhibitions on view at PEM this fall for you to explore. Find the complete line-up at:

Yes. Please purchase tickets online in advance of your visit at

Beginning in October PEM is open Thursday, 10 am–5 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am–8 pm, and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm. We have extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights to welcome additional visitors during this busy month. We are also open on Monday, October 12, for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We will close at 5 pm on Halloween, Saturday, October 31.

Timed tickets for The Salem Witch Trials 1692 and Salem Stories are available at After selecting General Admission, make sure to add your desired exhibition to your visit. General Admission tickets do not guarantee entry to The Salem Witch Trials 1692 and Salem Stories.

Please note that we have reduced capacity in the galleries to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. The Salem Witch Trials 1692 can accommodate 20 people per 30-minute time block and Salem Stories can accommodate 10 people per 30-minute block.

We expect high demand for both shows and anticipate that the timed-entry tickets to the two exhibitions will sell out each day. To see all of the exhibitions on view in October, please visit

Yes. The timed-entry ticket gives 30 minutes to explore the exhibition. We ask that you comply with the guidelines to allow us to stay on schedule and welcome as many visitors as we can into these spaces.

We ask everyone to please be punctual. If you're late for your ticket time, entry will be permitted at the discretion of staff.

Check the availability status of exhibition timed tickets @peabodyessex on Twitter.

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PEM has increased its safety protocols, including the frequency and intensity of its sanitation and disinfection efforts across the museum.

To allow for safe physical distancing, a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside the museum and its galleries at any time.

All museum visitors must abide by Massachusetts' Travel Order. This requires that if you have traveled to Massachusetts from any state not considered Lower Risk, that you must either quarantine for 14 days or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72-hours prior to your arrival.

All staff and visitors are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

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If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not enter the museum

Wear face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times

Stay at least 6 feet away from others

Abide by all posted signage

Wash hands frequently

Please find additional information available at

We expect there will be lines this October season. We have designated spaces marked to ensure safe physical distancing.

Yes, your admission ticket is valid for the entire day and you are free to leave and return later at your convenience.

Costumes can be worn inside the museum. You are not allowed to wear large hats and costume masks, or carry accessories such as a wand. Please note: Halloween masks are not an accepted replacement for the face covering required under the COVID-19 protocols.

At this time, the coat check and lockers are unavailable. A self-check coat rack with limited space is available. The museum recommends leaving any valuable items at home at this time. Note: All bags brought into the museum are subject to inspection by PEM’s security team.

Yes. We are only allowing people who are ordering from the cafe to sit at the Atrium tables. You can order ahead of time at Atrium Café at Peabody Essex Museum. Tables are arranged to allow for safe physical distancing.

Yes, with lots of great new exhibition-related merchandise. PEM members always get a 10 percent discount.

We are a short walk from the city-owned parking garage on New Liberty Street. Rates at city garages and private lots do increase in October. Visit for more information.

Things will look differently this October. There are no haunted houses, carnivals or parades. However, the majority of museums and attractions, walking tours, harbor tours, shops and restaurants are open with indoor and outdoor dining available. Please visit or download the new Destination Salem app, available for Apple and Android, to stay up-to-date on everything happening in the city.

Exhibition \\ Featured

The Salem Witch Trials 1692

On view through April 4, 2021

Exhibition \\ Featured

Salem Stories

On view through October 3, 2021

Related \\ Connected

PEMcast 019: The Legacy of Salem's Witch Trials

Events \\ What's On

October Events Calendar