Families

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Families

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art.

Where else can you fold an origami penguin, meet a live wolf and make your own finger puppets? At PEM, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our PEM Pals and Story Trails programs. Come experience PEM — together.

Gallery Spot

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Drop by and join a museum educator in the galleries to get a closer look at one of the objects or artworks on display. Discover the materials and ideas that were used to create each object and have a conversation with an educator. This is a great jumping off point to exploring the rest of the galleries at PEM.

Drop-in Art Making

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Art Cart

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm, ask for cart's location at the information desk.
Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you.

Story Trails

Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM's galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals

Wednesdays, 10:30am
Ask for location at the information desk
included with museum admission
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Studio Discoveries

The opening of the new art studios in the Art & Nature Center helps us kick this program into high gear. Meet artists and designers of all types, get an up-close look at some of their tools and learn about different techniques. Come explore and create together in this exciting program for all ages.


Support for Family Programs provided in part by the Lowell Institute, American Dental Partners and Target.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Related events For families

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm

Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

Just a 10-minute walk from the museum, the Georgian Colonial was built around 1727 and was home to four generations of the Ropes family. It is recognized as one of New England's most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with original furnishings, the Ropes Mansion contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects.


Also this summer, PEM offers three special programs on Saturdays in July (9, 16 and 23), including a look at 19th-century cooking, highlights of the Ropes furniture collection, and an exploration of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Each program will be followed by a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Garden, weather permitting. Check the calendar and Connections members' magazine for more information.

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.