Group Tours

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Group Tours

Group Tours

What better way to enjoy PEM than with a group of friends or family? The museum welcomes groups of all ages at reduced rates for a minimum of 10 people. Guided and self-guided tours of the museum’s galleries are available.

The museum is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the historic houses. Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House has limited accessibility.

Motor coach parking is available in designated spots throughout the city. Your driver may drop off and pick up your group at the museum’s main entrance at the corner of Essex and New Liberty streets. View Map »

If you are interested in Curriculum-based Programs or booking directly from a school please visit our Learn & Play area.

For more information, call the Group Tour Department at 978-542-1514; fax 978-745-7550; or email.

Featured Tours

You can customize your visit with any of the following tour options:

  • Treasures of the Peabody Essex Museum

    Journey of Life through Art

    A 45-minute tour is specifically designed for small groups of 3-15 seniors with limited mobility and/or low memory. This interactive gallery experience uses carefully selected artworks to spark conversations and encourage participants to make connections — between the artwork and the group’s life experiences. Every effort has been taken to remove the physical constraints of visiting a museum by structuring the tour so that all the objects used are in close proximity to one another. Contact the Group Tour Department for special rates and availability.

    Length: 45 minutes

  • Treasures of the Peabody Essex Museum

    Highlights of the Peabody Essex Museum

    Discover outstanding artistic and cultural creativity from around the world. As one of the oldest museums in continuous existence in the country, PEM is home to objects from around the globe that open our eyes to the multilayered and interconnected world of creative expression. Visit a selection of powerful works unique to PEM and explore the history of this one-of-a-kind museum.

    Length: one hour

  • Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

    Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

    Immerse yourself in Chinese art and culture through a visit to Yin Yu Tang. The home of the Huang family for over 200 years, the house was relocated to the Peabody Essex Museum from southern China in 2003 and depicts life in the house over a 200-year history of family and cultural change.

    Length: 30 minutes, 25 people maximum. Larger groups will be divided accordingly.

  • Additional Guided Tour Options »

Rates

Adult Groups and Tour Operators Rates

If you are interested in Curriculum-based Programs or booking directly from a school please visit our Learn & Play area.

For Self-guided visits:

  • $14 per adult/senior
  • $6.50 per student/child

For guided gallery, historic house and/or garden tours:

  • $18 per adult per tour
  • $6.50 per student per tour

For additional guided tours please add:

  • $2 per adult/student

For other pricing options, call 978-542-1514.

Museum members and Salem residents do not pay the admission fee but will be charged the guided tour fee if accompanying a group.

Rates subject to change without notice
Special exhibitions may require an additional fee

Complimentary Group Admission Policies

  • Student Groups: One complimentary adult admission for every 10 students. All extra adults will be charged the student rate.
  • Adult Groups: One complimentary adult admission for every 20 paying adults.
  • Tour operators: Driver and escort receive complimentary admission.

Deposit/Payment/Cancellation Policies

  • A credit card is required to secure your reservation (MasterCard, Visa and American Express accepted). The credit card will not be charged prior to your group’s arrival.
  • One person must pay for the entire group upon arrival with the credit card on file, by check or cash. We cannot collect payment from individual group members.
  • If your group must cancel, please notify the Group Tour Department a minimum of 48 hours prior to your arrival. All cancellations made after 48 hours will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Reservations

Online Reservations

Reservations can be submited online through our Reservation Request Form. To begin, access the form by following the link below.

Reservation Request Form »

Reservation Information

  • A group consists of a minimum of 10 participants with a maximum number to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Guided tours require a minimum of three weeks’ advance notice and a credit card to hold the reservation.
  • Group leaders must submit a completed reservation request form to the Group Tour Department at least three weeks prior to the proposed arrival date. Requests must include two possible arrival dates.
  • Requests are not confirmed until a representative from the Group Tour Department sends a written confirmation by e-mail, mail or fax.
  • Groups that prefer to visit the museum’s collections without a docent may do so with one week’s advance notice. Scavenger Hunts are available for self-guided groups with advance notice.
  • Groups with reservations for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House are guaranteed access only for the specific time reserved. If you arrive late, you may visit the house only for the remainder of the time slot originally reserved.
  • Groups without reservations for Yin Yu Tang are not guaranteed entry. It is quite probable that availability to the house on the day of your visit will be limited. If any member of your group is interested in purchasing a ticket for Yin Yu Tang, they will be required to pay $10.00. This price is in addition to your group price. Please inform all members of your group prior to arrival.

Check-in Process

Group Check-in Process

  • Groups scheduled for a guided tour should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour start time.
  • Please note: It is important to arrive on time. Docents will wait only 15 minutes past the scheduled start time unless notified that the group will be late.
  • Self-guided groups should plan to arrive at the time indicated on the confirmation letter.
  • The group leader should proceed to the admissions desk to collect admission stickers and finalize the payment.
  • The rest of the group should proceed to the coatroom and/or the restrooms and gather in the Atrium to begin the tour.

Tour Options

Customize your visit with the following guided-tour options. Please schedule all tours at least three weeks in advance. If you are interested in Curriculum-based Programs or booking directly from a school please visit our education area.

  • Treasures of the Peabody Essex Museum

    Highlights of the Peabody Essex Museum

    Discover outstanding artistic and cultural creativity from around the world. As one of the oldest museums in continuous existence in the country, PEM is home to objects from around the globe that open our eyes to the multilayered and interconnected world of creative expression. Visit a selection of powerful works unique to PEM and explore the history of this one-of-a-kind museum.

    Length: One hour

  • Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

    Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

    Immerse yourself in Chinese art and culture through a visit to Yin Yu Tang. The home of the Huang family for over 200 years, the house was relocated to the Peabody Essex Museum from southern China in 2003 and depicts life in the house over a 200-year history of family and cultural change.

    Length: 30 minutes, 25 people maximum. Larger groups will be divided accordingly.

  • East Meets West

    Two Merchants' Houses

    Explore two of the museum's architectural treasures for a cross-cultural look at design, furnishings and family life. Visit the Gardner-Pingree house, built for the Gardner family in 1804 by Salem architect and woodcarver Samuel McIntire, and the Yin Yu Tang house from the late Qing dynasty, home of the Huang family for 200 years in southeastern China. These two homes, built around the same time by successful merchants and originally located 8,000 miles apart, offer fascinating glimpses of trade, daily life, values and aesthetics in two cultures connected by trade.

    Length: One hour and 15 minutes

  • Art and Architecture of Salem

    Shelter to Showpiece: Three Centuries of Salem Architecture and Design

    Trends in home design come and go; "reading" a house's architectural style can reveal clues about the time it was built, the tastes of its occupants and their social aspirations. Investigate the idea of "style" by visiting a First Period house, a Georgian style house and a Federal-era mansion for an in-depth look at the architectural elements, interior finishes and parlor furnishings that turn a simple shelter into a home. Trace the evolution of iconic American styles that architects still reference today.

    Length: One hour

  • Tour a Special Exhibition

    Special Exhibition Tour

    An experienced docent introduces your group to a current special exhibition. Visit www.pem.org/exhibitions for a list of current special exhibitions.

    Length: 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the exhibition

Catering & Dining Options

The Bartlett Gallery offers a unique setting for an elegant group luncheon. This private gallery displays some of the finest porcelain from PEM’s Asian export art collection. Between 16 and 90 people can be comfortably accommodated for a seated lunch. Larger groups can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the Group Tour Department for a selection of lunch or tea menu options provided by our exclusive caterer. Arrangements must be made at least three weeks in advance.