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The Art & Nature Center closed July 8 for renovations. An interim space, the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center, opened July 14, 2012. The Art & Nature Center is scheduled to reopen fall 2013 with the special exhibition Artist–Animal Collaborations.

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. Pick up a family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and search for animals or explore life at sea. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our Book Buddies story time program. Come experience PEM — together.

Drop-in Art Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm.
Pop-Up Art & Nature Center
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available in the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center.

Family-friendly Resources

Ships Ahoy!: Gallery Discovery Kit

Download this family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and explore life at sea. PDF Format.

Ships Ahoy!:Gallery Discovery Kit

Related events For families

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, June 1, 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, June 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.


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, June 5, 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, June 8, 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, June 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.


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, June 12, 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, June 15, 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, June 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.


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, June 19, 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, June 22, 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, June 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.


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, June 26, 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, June 29, 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 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.


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 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.


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 6, 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 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.


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.

 

19th-Century Cooking
Summer Series at Ropes Mansion
Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 11am - 12pm
978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

Learn about 19th-century cooking and recipes used by the Ropes family with food historian and contemporary food essayist Sandra Oliver. The session is followed with a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Mansion Garden, which is open to the public. Cold lemonade is served. Garden activity is weather permitting. Talk made possible by the Margaret Nowell Graham Lecture Fund. Free drop-in garden activity made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

 

 

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


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 13, 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 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.


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 Furniture
Summer Series at Ropes Mansion
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 11am - 12pm
978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

See highlights of the furniture collection with Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art. The session is followed with a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Mansion Garden, which is open to the public. Cold lemonade is served. Garden activity is weather permitting. Talk made possible by the Margaret Nowell Graham Lecture Fund. Free drop-in garden activity made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

 

 

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


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.

 

Gulls Ahoy! Life and Art of the Seashore
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

Have you ever watched gulls in action or wondered where they live? Explore more about these squawking seabirds and the Isles of Shoals as we read Oscar the Herring Gull by Nancy M. Donovan. Join us for a story in the exhibition gallery where paintings by Childe Hassam serve as an inspirational backdrop then meet artist Laurie Bebick and make your own art using objects from the seashore as alternative paintbrushes.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 20, 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 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.


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 Garden
Summer Series at Ropes Mansion
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 11am - 12pm
978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar

$12 members, $15 nonmembers

Explore the Ropes Mansion's 1912 garden design with Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research. The session is followed with a free drop-in art-making activity from noon to 2 pm in the Ropes Mansion Garden, which is open to the public. Cold lemonade is served. Garden activity is weather permitting. Talk made possible by the Margaret Nowell Graham Lecture Fund. Free drop-in garden activity made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

 

 

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.