Peabody Essex Museum, SalemStandout Qualities: Dig deeper and this place keeps becoming more of a destination, with artist talks, lectures, films, local festivals, and block parties—not to mention the rotating world-class exhibitions. PEM is one of the North Shore’s largest employers. These people work hard to bring the arts to the North Shore, and we benefit by dropping by again and again.
Insider Tip: Hundreds of regional school visits take place each year. Self-guided group tours for students in grade six or higher are designed to foster critical and creative thinking. Tours develop writing skills, link images with words, illuminate American art and culture, and make connections between art and the larger global community.
Fun Fact: PEM launched a new website last year, where you can explore the collection and better plan your visit.
161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500, pem.org