Eerie Events

Explore the darker side of Salem’s history at the Peabody Essex Museum! This fall, step inside the only museum in Salem with authentic objects from the infamous witch trials of 1692. Experience curator-led tours and after-hours events and take a picture outside the iconic house from Hocus Pocus. Grab some goodies and costume accessories in our new pop-up Bat Box Shop on Essex Street.

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The Salem Witch Trials Walk

Enjoy our self-guided audio walking tour, which takes you inside the galleries and outside the museum to learn more about the infamous events of 1692. As you view authentic objects and stop at key sites around Salem, PEM curators and experts share a behind-the-scenes perspective of some of the most compelling stories in Salem.

Events Calendar

  • The Salem Witch Trials: Restoring Justice

    The Salem Witch Trials: Restoring Justice

    Learn the true story of this tragedy as told through Salem’s only collection of authentic objects owned and touched by the people involved in the trials. On view through November 27.

    Opened Saturday, September 2

  • Bats!


    Meet a small colony of live Egyptian fruit bats and explore the many roles bats play in ecosystems and cultures around the world in this new exhibition. On view through July 2024.

    Opened Saturday, September 9

  • Bat Box Pop-Up Shop

    Bat Box Pop-Up Shop

    Shop bat-themed pieces crafted by local artists such as Georgia Wrenn, Jade Gedeon, Nick Demakes and more. Located at 135 Essex Street in Salem. The Bat Box Pop-up Shop will be closing on November 13, 2023 and will be moving to a new location near the museum to open in early December.

    Open Wednesday–Monday | 11 am–6 pm

  • Haunted Histories After Dark

    Haunted Histories After Dark

    128 Essex St., Salem
    Hear spine-tingling tales of murder and mystery based on real events, told by storytellers dressed in period garb, in three of PEM’s historic houses. Warm drinks and sugary bites served.

  • Create Night: Palm Reading Lessons

    Create Night: Palm Reading Lessons

    Learn the mystical, ancient art of palm reading with palmistry expert and artist Helene Childress.

  • Hocus Pocus</em> at Ropes Mansion

    Hocus Pocus at Ropes Mansion

    Walk over to Ropes Mansion (318 Essex Street) – otherwise known as Allison’s house – to see the exterior decorated in the style of the classic Salem-based film Hocus Pocus.

    Daily. Thursday, October 26—Tuesday, October 31

  • Drop-in Art Making

    Drop-in Art Making

    Stop by on weekends and Mondays in September and October for nocturnal animal printmaking, shadow puppets, recycled paper bats and more!