Become A Member

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Benefits + Levels

Exclusively for members

  • Unlimited, free PEM admission
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and receptions
  • Free admission to PEM/PM evening parties on the third Thursday of the month
  • Curator-led gallery talks
  • Special Museum Shop sales and events
  • Reciprocal admission to over 660 North American and Council for American Maritime Museums (Sponsor level and above).
  • Benefactor-level members also receive reciprocal admission to an additional 18 museums, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Stay connected

Members are always the first to know what’s happening at PEM

  • Enjoy our award-winning Connections magazine six times a year
  • Receive our monthly E-Newsletter highlighting upcoming events
  • Family-level members also receive Heads Up! fliers, highlighting upcoming family-friendly events

Savings galore

  • Discounts at PEM in the Museum Shop, Atrium Café and Garden Restaurant
  • Discounts at select Salem restaurants and merchants through PEM Perks
  • Reduced rates on workshops, classes and special programs

Membership Levels

Individual - $60

Membership benefits for one adult.


Dual - $90

Free admission for two members or one member and accompanied guest.


Family - $95

Free admission for two members (or one member and accompanied guest) and children/grandchildren 18 and under. Special benefits include exclusive annual breakfast, quarterly events flier and Birthday Club for kids (children receive birthday card and giant Atrium Café cookie coupon)


Sponsor - $180

($140 is tax-deductible)

Membership benefits for two adults plus:


Patron - $350

($250 is tax-deductible)

Sponsor-level benefits for two adults plus:

  • Complimentary PEM admission for three guests
  • Invitation to curator-led gallery talk
  • Complimentary PEM exhibition catalog


Benefactor - $600

($460 is tax-deductible)

Patron-level benefits for two adults plus:

  • Complimentary PEM admission for four guests
  • Free admission to all member exhibition previews
  • Free admission to an additional 18 art museums throughout the United States


Other $40 - $50

Senior - $50

Membership benefits for one adult age 62 or over.


Outside New England - $50

Membership benefits for one adult (Excludes residents of CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT).


Student - $40

Membership benefits for one full-time student age 18 to 25.


East India Marine Associates

Members of the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) represent the single most important source of annual gift income to the Peabody Essex Museum, contributing funds that support the museum’s core curatorial, education, outreach and public programs. In appreciation, members of this special donor group are given exclusive access to PEM and beyond!

To learn more about the levels of participation and benefits of EIMA membership, click here

If you would prefer to join by mail, download our membership form or gift membership form.