Hours & Directions

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
Open the third Thursday of every month 10 am-9:00 pm
Closed Mondays (except holidays)

Hours & info

Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA
Phone: 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876
For the Hearing Impaired: 978-740-3649
Program Reservations: ext. 3011


Museum Admission

Adults $20, seniors $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, $12 after 5 pm

Plan ahead. Purchase your museum admission online.

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.
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Phillips Library

The Phillips Library Reading Room is open in its temporary location at 1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-4:30 pm. Approved Visiting Researchers are welcome, by special appointment, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm.
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Massachusetts Cultural Council


Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am until 5 pm,
open the third Thursday of every month
10 am-9:00 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays, see below).

Holiday Hours:
Open the following holidays
Monday, May 29, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Gallery Updates

The museum is undergoing some exciting changes as it prepares for a major expansion with a new wing and reinstalled galleries (click here for more information). As part of this process, certain galleries will be closed temporarily. We apologize for any inconvenience.

At this time, the following areas are closed:
• Asian Export Art: China, Ground Level
   and Level 2
• Asian Export Art: India, Level 3
• The Mellon Staircase

Find out what is happening on the day of your visit »

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

Yin Yu Tang

Enter the Huang family ancestral home to gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture and culture


$6 (plus museum admission)
Salem residents, museum members, and youth 16 and under FREE

Please note: The Yin Yu Tang kitchen and outside forecourt are closed for the winter and will reopen in Spring 2017.

From 10 to 11:15 am and 1:15 to 2:15 pm Tuesday through Friday, Yin Yu Tang is unavailable to our general audience due to scheduled school group and adult group visits. All times are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply.

Purchase tickets

Same-day timed tickets to Yin Yu Tang may be purchased at the admissions desk.

Advance tickets may be purchased by ordering online.

Advance ticket purchase for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, is encouraged as tickets frequently sell out. Please arrive early in the day for best selection of times. East India Marine Associates wishing to reserve tickets, please e-mail us for assistance.

Prepare for your visit

If you have purchased tickets online for Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, please arrive at the museum at least 30 minutes prior to the visit time.

To best prepare for your Yin Yu Tang experience, please read Planning your visit to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

Furniture, furnishings and films about Yin Yu Tang are now on view in the Ground Level Chinese art gallery, adjacent to the new Double Happiness exhibition. Also, please enjoy interpretive materials, objects and a video about Yin Yu Tang on the Ground Level outside Morse Auditorium and on the Level 2 landing.

Historic House Tours

Historic House ToursExperience two centuries of New England life, art, and architecture through the museum's National Historic Landmark houses. A variety of tours of the Gardner-Pingree (1804) and John Ward (ca. 1684) houses are available. Topics and times vary; visit the admissions desk or the information desk for reservations. House tours are included with museum admission.

Learn more about PEM's historic houses »

K–12 Group Tours

To make a school group reservation click here. »

Contact Us

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970

General Inquiries


Department Contacts

Admissions Desk
Development Department
East India Marine Associates inquiries
    Planned Giving
    Annual Fund
    Corporate Sponsor
    Membership Inquiries
Docent Council
Event Sales
Natalia Laskaris
Group Reservations
School Group
Adult Group
Human Resources
Museum Shop
Phillips Library Reference Line
Reference: 978-542-1553 or research@pem.org
Photographic Rights and Reproductions
Fax: 978-744-3390
Public Program Reservations
Public Relations
Whitney Van Dyke, Director of Communications
whitney_vandyke@pem.org or 978-542-1828
Security Office


Getting to the museum

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Directions and map to PEM from: MapQuest | Google

The museum is approximately 16 miles north of Boston, at 161 Essex St. in historic Salem, Massachusetts (corner of Essex and New Liberty Streets). For recorded directions, call 978-745-9500, ext. 4145.

For driving directions via a GPS device, use the address: 144 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

By Car

Take Route 128 North. NOTE: I-95 and Route 128 North share the same loop around Boston. When I-95 and Route 128 North divide, stay on Route 128 North, to Exit 25A. Take 114 East into Salem, following signs for the Peabody Essex Museum and Rte. 114. Approximately one mile after entering Salem, you will cross an overpass. As you come off the overpass, take the exit on your right. This puts you on Route 107/Bridge Street. Go straight through the light and take your second right, onto St Peter Street. Go left at the stop sign and right onto New Liberty Street. The museum is straight ahead and a parking garage is on your right.

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.

By Train

PLEASE NOTE: From July 8 – September 30, 2017, weekend service on the MBTA Commuter Rail line will be suspended from North Station. Busses will run based on the train schedule with stops in Salem.

From July 17 to August 13, 2017, all train service north of the Salem station will be suspended. Busses will take passengers north from/south to Salem. Up-to-the-minute service alerts are available here.

Take the MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport line) to Salem station. Follow the pathway indicated from the station, up the stairs or access ramp, until you have reached the street level (Bridge St.). At the intersection at Bridge and Washington Streets, proceed on Washington Street. Follow Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

The museum is approximately one-half mile from the Salem station. If you are concerned about the walk from the station, buses are available. See the directions listed under "By Bus" for the route numbers.

Additional links:
MBTA Weekend Schedule
Newburyport/Rockport Line Weekday Schedule

By Bus

From Boston: Take the No. 450 Haymarket/ Salem Depot bus to the stop at the intersection of Washington and Federal Streets in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk back down Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

From Revere/Wonderland Station: Take the No. 455 Wonderland/ Salem Depot bus to the stop at the intersection of Washington and Federal Streets in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk back down Washington Street, turning left onto the Essex Street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

From Salem Depot: Take the No. 450 or 459 bus to the North Street stop at Lynde Street in Salem. Depart from the bus and walk down Lynde street, taking a right at Washington St. Proceed down Washington street, turning left onto the Essex street pedestrian-way. The museum will be on your right at the end of the pedestrian-way.

Additional bus routes can be found on the MBTA website.

By Ferry

From Boston, board Salem Ferry at Boston Harbor Cruises on Long Wharf for a relaxing 50-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran. Ferry docks at the Blaney Street Wharf on Salem’s historic waterfront, a short walk or cab ride from the museum. For rates and schedule visit www.salemferry.com.

Security & Services

For security reasons

  • All parcels, including handbags, brought into the museum are subject to search.
  • Parcels 11 x 15 inches or larger may not be brought into the galleries without a security pass.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Neither knapsacks nor backpack baby carriers may be worn in the galleries.
  • Photography without flash, for personal use only, is permitted, except where noted. Flash photography, video and the use of tripods and selfie sticks are permitted only with prior approval from the Security Department.
  • Out of consideration for others, set cell phones to silent at all times. Please refrain from talking on cell phones and using excessive flash in the galleries.
  • Please contact the security office at 978-745-9500, ext. 3190 for more information.

Services available for your comfort

  • A coat check is located just inside the entrance of the museum. Pay phones are also located in this area.
  • Storage lockers: Key-operated lockers are available in the main building and in Phillips Library for small bags and personal items.
  • Elevator access: Elevators are located just off the Atrium, in the Yin Yu Tang annex, and in Dodge Wing.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask for assistance at the coat check.
  • Baby-changing stations are located in all restrooms on the first floor of the museum.
  • Strollers are allowed in the galleries but not in Yin Yu Tang. They may be checked at the coat room.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available on loan from the coat room.