The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest continuously running museums in the United States. With total holding of about 1.3 million pieces, the Museum carries one of the major collections of Asian Art in the country and includes more than 840,000 works of art and culture featuring maritime art and history, American art, Asian, Oceanic, and African art, Asian export art, two large libraries with more than 400,000 books and manuscripts. For more information, call 978-745-9500.For almost two hundred years, Salem was one of North America’s richest and most important seaports. The Salem merchants who founded the Peabody Essex Museum in 1799 sailed the globe in search of international trade. This began what is today one of the largest art museums in the nation, with unrivaled collections from New England and around the world. pem.org. Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays 10-5: Admission $15, seniors $13, students $11, free for Salem residents and children 16 and under.Yankee Magazine February 2010Salem was a leading port for New England’s 18th-century trade with China. A team of Chinese artisans working with the Peabody Essex Museum dismantled and shipped the 200-year-old house here 10 years ago. The 16 small bedrooms present views into the hard life of women, the fluctuating fortunes of one family, and Mao Tse-tung’s Communist revolution.Yankee Magazine December 2006The Peabody Essex Museum was founded in 1799 to house exotica brought home by Salem sea captains from voyages to the ends of the earth. The collections boast 2.4 million works of art and culture, including historic properties—the only complete Qing dynasty house located outside China — and period gardens.Yankee Magazine April 2005The country’s oldest museum was founded in 1799 to house exotica brought home by Salem sea captains from voyages to the ends of the earth. The collections boast 2.4 million works of art and culture, including historic properties—the only complete Qing dynasty house located outside China — and period gardens.February 2010
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