Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

About the Museum


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, is a successor to the East India Marine Society, established in 1799. It combines the collections of the former Peabody Museum of Salem (which acquired the Society's collection) and the Essex Institute. The museum holds one of the major collections of Asian art in the US. Its total holdings include about 1.8 million pieces, as well as twenty-two historic buildings.

The Peabody Essex ranks among the top 20 art museums in the US by measures including gallery space and endowment. Once the Advancement Campaign is complete and the newly expanded museum opens in 2019, PEM will rank in the top 10 North American art museums in terms of gallery square footage, operating budget and endowment. The PEM's collection is global in nature and features maritime art and history; American art; Asian, Oceanic, and African art; Asian export art; a significant museum research library which contains several hundred thousand books and over a linear mile of manuscripts.

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