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Getting to the museum

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 St. Go straight through the light and take your second right, onto St Peter St. Go left at the stop sign and right onto New Liberty St. The museum is straight ahead and a parking garage is on your right.

To park, you may use the parking garage on New Liberty St. In addition, there is a municipal parking lot on nearby St. Peter St., and a smaller garage on Derby Street, at the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Derby St., 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) from Boston’s North Station or other points, to Salem station–a ten-minute walk from the museum. 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 Central Wharf (New England Aquarium Whale Watch booth) 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. Seven round trips on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays now through October 31. For rates and schedule, call 978-741-0220 or go to www.salemferry.com.

Regional Map of Boston
Map of Downtown Salem