It holds major collections of Asian art in U.
including about 1.
3 million pieces, along with 24 historical buildings.
It was founded in 1799 by East India Marine Society of Salem based captains and supercargoes.
The items donated for the institution's collections are significant as they are a rare combination of provenance and age.
In the year 1992, the Peabody Museum of Salem amalgamated with the Essex Institute, and formed the Peabody Essex Museum.
The Peabody Essex Museum opened a new wing designed by Moshe Safdie in 2003, which increased the space available to 250,000 square feet.
This facilitated the display of many artifacts from its extensive holdings.
At the same time the museum opened the Yin Yu Tang House to public, which is a 19th century Chinese house and was reconstructed in Salem.
This north shore museum presently consists of maritime art works, including art by James Bard.
It encompasses significant collections of:
- Japanese art
- Chinese art
- African art
- Korean art
- American decorative art
- Indian contemporary art
- Oceanic art
- Native American art and Asian export art work.
- Photography collection consisting of more than half million vintage and rare images.
- Manuscripts, rare books and ephemera from Phillips Library Collection.
- 5 buildings as national Historic landmark, 24 historic American gardens and structures and 8 other listed on National register of Historic Places.
With such a large covered area, it is amongst the biggest museum of world.
This north shore museum of Massachusetts is closed on Monday and is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Other holidays for the museum include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
It is situated approximately 16 miles North of Boston, at 161 Essex St.
in historic Salem, Massachusetts.
Various special events are also held in the museum for kids and their families.
It is one of such places that must be visited if a person wants to know about Massachusetts heritage.