Editors’ Choice

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

Standout Qualities: The Peabody Essex Museum is truly the jewel in the North Shore’s artistic crown, boasting peerless collections of maritime art and historic artifacts, the faithfully reconstructed Yin Tu Tang Chinese house, a number of historic homes throughout Salem, and countless other pieces of priceless art. 

Philosophy: Since the beginning, PEM has explored the relationship between the global and the local and has always had an ongoing symbiotic relationship with Salem. When the museum grows, so does Salem.

Fun Fact: The museum’s East India Marine Hall is a National Historic Landmark that first opened in 1825 with a reading by then president John Quincy Adams.

In the Works: PEM’s new 40,000-square-foot wing designed by New York City–based Ennead Architects opens to the public in 2019 and will contain a new gallery that highlights the East India Marine Hall.

161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500,


Readers’ Choice 

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem