Everything you need to know about the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). History, location, parking, hotels, exhibits, events, and more!

PEM is one of the oldest still operating museums in the United States. It began as the East India Marine Society in 1799 and featured exotic, international goods. In 1867, it merged with what would become PEM, the Peabody Academy of Science

The museum offers collections dating back to 1700’s. As of early 2020, there’s even some buzz that PEM will begin displaying its Salem Witch Trials collection. The international flare that distinguished earlier incarnations of PEM is still present today. This is perhaps the most exemplified by the gorgeous Yu Tang House.