Your Health & Safety

The health and safety of PEM’s staff and visitors is our highest priority. PEM has increased the frequency and intensity of its sanitation and disinfection efforts across the museum and asks that visitors take steps to safeguard their health and the health of others.

As of July 1, PEM has lifted its mask mandate in accordance with public health recommendations. To comply with safety protocols, The Pod in PEM's Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center is temporarily closed to the public.

PEM has partnered with Curative to offer COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) at no cost to patients on Friday evenings from July 9 through August 13 from 4 pm - 7pm. PEM will encourage participation by providing free admission. Pre-register for your vaccination at PEM with Curative or take advantage of walk-up registration day-of.

Please read over these FAQs to help prepare for your visit.

No, but you are encouraged to do so at

• Thursdays 10 am - 5 pm
• Fridays 10 am - 8 pm (NEW!)
• Saturdays & Sundays 10 am - 5 pm
• Holiday Mondays 10 am - 5 pm

Beginning July 1, staff and visitors do not need to wear a mask to enter the museum, but are free to do so.

Yes, it is open Fridays 11 am-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm and will be expanding hours and offerings.

The Ropes Mansion (318 Essex Street) opens to the public on July 24. Historic house tours will resume this summer. To learn more about PEM’s historic houses, listen to PEM Walks, audio postcards from our architecture collection.

Gallery tours will also resume this summer. Check for details.

A self-check coat rack with limited space is available. Note: All bags brought into the museum are subject to inspection by PEM’s security team.

All exhibitions are on view with the exception of The Pod in PEM's Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center. Where the Questions Live is open with limited hours and enhanced cleaning protocols in effect on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from 10 am - 1 pm and 2 - 5 pm.