PEM Gala, Auction and Dance Party

Released October 17, 2016





SALEM, MA –– The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) hosts its annual gala on Saturday, November 5. The community is invited to celebrate the creative spirit in its many forms, dance until midnight and connect with other art lovers, all while supporting the museum’s education, outreach and public programs. Creative black tie encouraged. Tickets are now on sale at

In recognition of the connections we all make to art, culture and community through PEM, the evening celebrates Gala Honorees Nancy and George Putnam — outstanding leaders of the PEM community who embody the museum's mission of connecting people to art and experiences that transform perspectives.

Gala attendees will bid on creative auction items, enjoy multi-sensory delights including cocktails and  dance along to the Beantown Swing Orchestra, as well as enter a variety of artist-curated experiences. Theater and opera director, Giselle Ty, returns to PEM to create a unique one-night-only experience. Working with a team of innovative designers and performers, Ty will create a constellation of experiences, installations, performances and pop-ups where guests will meet curious, sometimes surreal characters.

Dance Party (9pm - midnight)

Open bar with signature cocktails. Inventive, delicious desserts. Immersive art experiences. Live music. Members: $100 | Non-members: $125 | Squad: 6 tickets for $600 | Super squad: 20 tickets for $2,000  For more information visit


Dinner and Auction Tickets (6pm - midnight)

Cocktail reception, plated dinner and auction, followed by dance party.  

Tickets range from $625 to $25,000 | For more information visit


Generous Support Provided By:



Premier Sponsors:


Contributing Sponsors:

First Republic

Halloran Consulting Group Inc.

Prince Charitable Trusts

Patron Sponsors:

Bennett and Company

Connolly Brothers Inc.

Fiduciary Trust

In-Kind Support Provided By:

The Catered Affair

The Catered Affair logo


The Journeyman Press

Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting

Port Lighting

Premier Furniture Sponsors:

Peterson Party Center

Reserve Modern Event Rental



High-resolution publicity images of past galas and after-event photography of this year’s gala available upon request.


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 and holiday Mondays, 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

PR Contacts:

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -

Melissa Woods  -  Communications Specialist  -  978.542.1609  -

‹ Back To Press Releases