Ropes Yoga





SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents yoga on the side lawn of the museum’s historic Ropes Mansion (318 Essex St.) every Monday afternoon, from June 20 through October 1. Following on the heels of this spring’s highly successful #PEMyoga series held inside Anila Quayyum Agha’s Intersections gallery, PEM invites the community to join in meditation and movement in the verdant outdoors.   


“I've had the privilege of leading yoga classes with the PEM community for more than a decade and look forward to teaching a revitalizing summer series in such an inspiring and peaceful outdoor environment,” said yoga instructor Susan Himml.


Participants are encouraged to stroll the property’s gardens before or after class and document their experiences on social media using #PEMyoga. Classes are 1-hour long, weather dependant and BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). These classes are now offered completely free of charge.



Photo by Allison White/Peabody Essex Museum.



Following an extensive renovation and conservation project, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) reopened its historic Ropes Mansion to the public in the summer of 2015. As the inaugural step of a larger historic property initiative, PEM’s 18th-century Georgian Colonial Ropes Mansion reimagines what a historic house experience can be. PEM invites visitors on a lively journey through one of its most storied properties, in which present day and personal life experiences are placed in dialogue with the past. Built in 1727 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ropes Mansion was home to four generations of the Ropes family and is recognized as one of New England’s most significant and thoroughly documented historic houses. Filled with original furnishings, the house contains superb examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, ceramics and glass, silver, kitchenwares, textiles and personal objects. PEM’s Ropes Mansion -- located at 318 Essex St. -- is a 10-minute walk from the museum and is open free to the public seasonally, Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4 pm. The Ropes Mansion Garden is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.



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. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four 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, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $20; seniors $17; students $12. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866?745?1876 or visit



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