Hours & Directions

Atrium

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
Open the third Thursday of every month 10 am-9:00 pm
Closed Mondays (except holidays)

LATE NIGHTS: The museum will be open until 9 pm on Wednesday, August 27, and Thursday, August 28, with special $10 admission after 5 pm.

Hours & info

Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA
Phone: 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649
Program Reservations: ext. 3011

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Museum Admission

Adults $18, seniors $15, students (with ID) $10, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free*.
*Does not apply to youth in student/tour groups.
For late nights, $10 after 5 pm

People who work in Salem admitted free Tuesday through Friday, 10 am–5 pm. Please present a business card, recent pay stub or acceptable employer verification at the admissions desk. Not valid on holiday Mondays or for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House.

Members admitted free to all sites and special exhibitions.
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Phillips Library

The Phillips Library Reading Room is open in its temporary location at 1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-4:30 pm. Approved Visiting Researchers are welcome, by special appointment, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm.
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Massachusetts Cultural Council


Gallery Updates

Several new installations of art are on view: Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast (Ground Level); Figuring the Abstract in Indian Art (Level 2); Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art (Ground Level); Robert Weingarten: 6:30 am (Level 2).

Learn more about our expansion project. Sign up for construction updates.

Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am until 5 pm,
open the third Thursday of every month
10 am-9:00 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays, see below).

Holiday Hours:
Open the following holidays
Labor Day: Monday, September 1, 2014
Columbus Day: Monday, October 13, 2014

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

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Blue Star Museums
This summer, PEM joins more than 2,000 museums nationwide to offer free admission to military personnel and their families. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) through Labor Day (September 1, 2014) and is available to active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve. Military personnel – and up to five family members – gain free museum admission with their military ID. A complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House



Historic House Tours

Enter the Huang family ancestral home to gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture and culture

Admission

$5 (plus museum admission)
Salem residents, museum members, and youth 16 and under FREE

From 10 to 11:15 am and 1:15 to 2:15 pm Tuesday through Friday, Yin Yu Tang is unavailable to our general audience due to scheduled school group and adult group visits. All times are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply.



Purchase tickets

Same-day timed tickets to Yin Yu Tang may be purchased at the admissions desk.

Advance tickets may be purchased, with a surcharge, by ordering online or by calling 877-PEM-TIXX (877-736-8499).

Advance ticket purchase for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, is encouraged as tickets frequently sell out. Please arrive early in the day for best selection of times. East India Marine Associates wishing to reserve tickets, please e-mail us for assistance.

Prepare for your visit

If you have purchased tickets online for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, please arrive at the museum at least 30 minutes prior to the visit time.

To best prepare for your Yin Yu Tang experience, please read Planning your visit to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

Furniture, furnishings and films about Yin Yu Tang are now on view in the Ground Level Chinese art gallery, adjacent to the new Double Happiness exhibition. Also, please enjoy interpretive materials, objects and a video about Yin Yu Tang on the Ground Level outside Morse Auditorium and on the Level 2 landing.

Historic House Tours

Historic House ToursExperience two centuries of New England life, art, and architecture through the museum's National Historic Landmark houses. A variety of tours of the Gardner-Pingree (1804) and John Ward (ca. 1684) houses are available. Topics and times vary; visit the admissions desk or the information desk for reservations. House tours are included with museum admission.

Learn more about PEM's historic houses »

K–12 Group Tours

To make a school group reservation click here. »

Contact Us

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970

General Inquiries

Information@pem.org
978-745-9500

Department Contacts

Admissions Desk
978-542-1540
Communications
donationrequests@pem.org
Expansion/ConstructionQuestions@pem.org
Development Department
East India Marine Associates inquiries
EIMA@pem.org
    Planned Giving
     Giving@pem.org
     978-542-1539
    Annual Fund
     Fund@pem.org
    Corporate Sponsor
     corporate@pem.org
Docent Council
978-542-1726
Event Sales
Natalia Laskaris
functions@pem.org
978-542-1615
Garden Restaurant Reservations
978-542-1618
Group Reservations
School Group
schoolservices@pem.org
978-542-1514
Adult Group
grouptours@pem.org
978-542-1514
Human Resources
jobs@pem.org
internships@pem.org
Membership Inquiries
membership@pem.org
978-542-1641
Museum Shop
contactus@pemshop.com
978-542-1619
Phillips Library Reference Line
Reference: 978-542-1553 or research@pem.org
pem.org/library
Photographic Rights and Reproductions
collection_images@pem.org
978-542-1821
Fax: 978-740-3633
Public Program Reservations
978-542-1511
pem.org/calendar
Public Relations
April Swieconek, Director of Public Relations
april@pem.org or 978-542-1609
Whitney Van Dyke, Senior Press Office
whitney_vandyke@pem.org or 978-542-1828
Dinah Cardin, Press Officer/Special Projects Writer
dinah_cardin@pem.org or 978-542-1830
Security Office
978-542-1690

Directions

Getting to the museum

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The museum is approximately 16 miles north of Boston, at 161 Essex St. in historic Salem, Massachusetts (corner of Essex and New Liberty Streets). For recorded directions, call 978-745-9500, ext. 4145.

For driving directions via a GPS device, use the address: 144 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

By Car

Take Route 128 North. NOTE: I-95 and Route 128 North share the same loop around Boston. When I-95 and Route 128 North divide, stay on Route 128 North, to Exit 25A. Take 114 East into Salem, following signs for the Peabody Essex Museum and Rte. 114. Approximately one mile after entering Salem, you will cross an overpass. As you come off the overpass, take the exit on your right. This puts you on Route 107/Bridge Street. Go straight through the light and take your second right, onto St Peter Street. Go left at the stop sign and right onto New Liberty Street. The museum is straight ahead and a parking garage is on your right.

To park, you may use the parking garage on New Liberty Street. In addition, there is a municipal parking lot on nearby St. Peter Street, and a smaller garage on Derby Street, at the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Derby Street, three blocks from the museum. Limited on-street parking is available around Salem Common and at two-hour meters.

By Train

Take the MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport line) to Salem station. Due to construction currently taking place at Salem Station, a pedestrian detour has been constructed. Follow the pathway indicated from the station, up the stairs or access ramp, turning left once you have reached the street level (Bridge St.). At the intersection at Bridge and Washington Streets, proceed on Washington Street. Follow Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

The museum is approximately one-half mile from the Salem station. If you are concerned about the walk from the station, buses are available. See the directions listed under "By Bus" for the route numbers.

By Bus

From Boston: Take the No. 450 Haymarket/ Salem Depot bus to the stop at the intersection of Washington and Federal Streets in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk back down Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

From Revere/Wonderland Station: Take the No. 455 Wonderland/ Salem Depot bus to the stop at the intersection of Washington and Federal Streets in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk back down Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

From Salem Depot: Take the No. 450 or 459 bus to the North Street stop at Lynde Street in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk down Lynde street, taking a right at Washington St. Proceed down Washington street, turning left onto the Essex street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

Additional bus routes can be found on the MBTA website.

By Ferry

From Boston, board Salem Ferry at Boston Harbor Cruises on Long Wharf for a relaxing 50-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran. Ferry docks at the Blaney Street Wharf on Salem’s historic waterfront, a short walk or cab ride from the museum. For rates and schedule visit www.salemferry.com.

Security & Services

For security reasons

  • All parcels, including handbags, brought into the museum are subject to search.
  • Parcels 11 x 15 inches or larger may not be brought into the galleries without a security pass.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Neither knapsacks nor backpack baby carriers may be worn in the galleries.
  • You may take photographs for personal use, except in Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House. Photos of some works of art on loan may be prohibited and will be clearly identified. Video cameras may be used only with prior permission. Tripods are not allowed.
  • Out of consideration for others, set cell phones to silent at all times. Please refrain from talking on cell phones and using excessive flash in the galleries.
  • Please contact the security office at 978-745-9500, ext. 3190 for more information.

Services available for your comfort

  • A coat check is located just inside the entrance of the museum. Pay phones are also located in this area.
  • Storage lockers: Key-operated lockers are available in the main building and in Phillips Library for small bags and personal items.
  • Elevator access: Elevators are located just off the Atrium, in the Yin Yu Tang annex, and in Dodge Wing.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask for assistance at the coat check.
  • Baby-changing stations are located in all restrooms on the first floor of the museum.
  • Strollers are allowed in the galleries but not in Yin Yu Tang. They may be checked at the coat room.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available on loan from the coat room.