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 Experiences

Select Saturdays and Sundays
Explore ideas and art up close with a PEM Guide.

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.

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.


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

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Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, August 31, 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, September 3, 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.

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, September 4, 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.

 

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Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Saturday, September 10, 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.

 

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, September 11, 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.

 

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Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 14, 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, September 17, 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.

 

We are all Stardust
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

Ponder some amazing facts about nature as we read You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, and investigate scale and perspective in the dimensional illustrations by Soyeon Kim that bring the story to life. Then make your own 3-D diorama inspired by Kim's artwork.

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, September 18, 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.

 

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Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
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Free

Every Saturday and Sunday through fall.

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Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, September 25, 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.

 

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Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 28, 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, October 1, 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.

 

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Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 2, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 2, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 5, 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, October 8, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 9, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 12, 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, October 15, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 16, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 19, 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, October 22, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 23, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, October 26, 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, October 29, 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

Ropes Mansion Tours
318 Essex Street, Salem
Sunday, October 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.

 

The 2016 Big Draw Festival
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Join us for special programs throughout the month of October to celebrate how drawing changes lives. This year's theme is STEAM, which brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Artistic and creative thinking is essential to industries across the world. Look around you. The chair you are sitting on, the computer you use, the building you're in, all began life as a drawing. PEM is proud to once again be a part of this international community celebration. 

 

Big Draw Festival

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, November 2, 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, November 9, 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, November 16, 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, November 23, 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, November 30, 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, December 7, 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, December 14, 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
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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, December 28, 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.