Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic, and African art, as well as one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-two noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
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All public areas of the museum are accessible to wheelchairs; the historic houses are not. Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House offers limited wheelchair accessibility. A representative at the information desk will be happy to discuss accessible routes and amenities. Please contact our Guest Services Department for additional information at 978-542-1644.
Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are located throughout the museum. Private family bathrooms are available on the first floor.
You are welcome to borrow wheelchairs (standard and wide), strollers and rollators from the coatroom (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
Service animals are welcome in the museum.
Accessible parking is available in the paid garage on New Liberty Street, across from the National Park Service Visitor Center.
The New Liberty Street and Charter Street entrances are available for wheelchair drop-offs. All street-level doors can be operated with a push button.
Public Programs and Interpretation
A Braille informational brochure and audio stop sheet for Yin Yu Tang, A Chinese House, and a Braille brochure about the museum’s history are available at the information desk.
Wheelchair seating and assistive listening devices are available for public programs in Morse Auditorium. Requests for an ASL interpreter should be made at least two weeks before your visit. Large-print transcripts of guides to select exhibitions and Yin Yu Tang, A Chinese House are available at the information desk.
For more information, please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3144
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.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays).
Adults $20, seniors (65 and over) $18, students (with ID) $12, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free*. (*Does not apply to youth in student/tour groups.) For late nights, $15 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.
PEM is pleased to participate in the EBT Card to Culture program, which provides free admission for two to EBT cardholders from Massachusetts; All active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel receive year-round complimentary general admission.
Nov 21, 2020 - Mar 14, 2021
Sep 22, 2019 - Mar 7, 2021
Jun 1, 2019 - May 17, 2020
Jan 18 - Apr 26, 2020