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The beautiful Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the region's most exquisite settings for your special events.

Whether you’re planning a corporate banquet or a gathering for close friends and family, the museum offers a variety of spaces that are perfectly suited for creating memorable occasions. Cocktail receptions, wedding ceremonies, formal parties and celebrations are expertly planned and executed with the help of our experienced staff.

We look forward to showing you our galleries in person. Together we can plan an event that is truly special.

For detailed information on locations, pricing and related services, please contact the functions staff at 978-542-1615, or e-mail Natalia Laskaris functions@pem.org.

Museum Settings

Museum Spaces

  • The Atrium
    The Atrium

    The breathtaking Atrium is the heart of the Peabody Essex Museum. An arched glass roof soars dramatically overhead, pulling the eye and the spirit upward. This central gathering place recalls the traditional New England village green.

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  • Bartlett and Copeland Galleries
    Bartlett and Copeland Galleries

    The Bartlett Gallery is the centerpiece in a suite of galleries dedicated to the museum’s Chinese export porcelain collection. The room has an elegant octagonal shape and is bounded on its eight sides by recessed, lighted display cases filled with decorative Chinese porcelain. The Copeland Gallery is included in the rental and is ideal for cocktails or hors d’oeuvres. Moongate Patio in the Asian Garden is a lovely outdoor adjunct to the galleries. This space can be used for business meetings, lectures, sit-down meals, weddings and receptions, day and evening.

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  • East India Marine Hall
    East India Marine Hall

    This grand banquet hall was erected in 1825 for meetings of the East India Marine Society — entrepreneurs who sailed beyond Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope. Distinguished by its many arched, floor-to-ceiling windows, polished wood floors and artwork, the hall has been host to a vast array of illustrious dignitaries beginning with John Quincy Adams, who participated in the building’s dedication ceremonies. East India Marine Hall is available for evening events only.

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General Information

Do you have any spaces available for daytime events?

Yes, the Bartlett & Copeland Galleries are available for daytime events.

This space is also available for evening events. Our other venues, East India Marine Hall and the Atrium, are only available for evening events.

To learn more about these venues please review our brochure.

What does the rental fee include?

The rental fee includes the following:

  • Exclusive use of the contracted areas during specified times.
  • Peabody Essex Museum staff stationed to accept deliveries 2 hours prior to your event.
  • Peabody Essex Museum security staff.
  • Maintenance staff to set up and break down your event.
  • Standard tables and chairs. Upgrade to a fruitwood chair is available for $4 per chair.
  • A Peabody Essex Museum facilitator will be present at the time of your event to direct the caterer and other vendors as needed. The facilitator is present to insure harmony before and during the event and to protect the museum facility and collections. The facilitator does not assume the duties of a professional coordinator.
Is the museum air conditioned?

Yes, the museum does have air conditioning.

Is parking available?

Yes, there is ample parking in a municipal lot directly on New Liberty Street directly across from our Essex Street entrance and the New Liberty Street parking garage one block over. Valet parking is not required.

Can I use candles?

To protect the museum facility and collections any type of flame is not permitted. Battery operated votives can be used.

Need more detailed information?

Download more information (PDF Format) about our guidelines and requirements.