The Peabody Essex Museum began in 1799, when the charter of the East India Marine Society called for the establishment of a "cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities,” and members of the Society began bringing home objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania, India, the northwest coast of America, and elsewhere.
Today's collection includes 1.8 million works from cultures around the world: paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative objects, dating from the 1700s to the present.
Considerable architectural interest is found in the National Historic Landmark East India Marine Hall (1825); the Moshe Safdie-designed glass and brick building expansion; and Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese (Qing Dynasty) sixteen-bedroom house, reconstructed on the Peabody Essex Museum site.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
26 collaborative mixed media works
Two very different — but mutually reinforcing — visions.
250 artworks span time from 10,000 years ago to the present
Immersive audio-visual experience celebrates our planet’s rich biodiversity.
Personal histories and perspectives, from authentic documents, artist statements, and interviews
A series of commissioned paintings explore the universal sanctity and necessity of breathing
Explores the relationships Indian artists forged with two Massachusetts-based collectors
Celebrates the potential for visual and musical unity to be created from diversity
Sound, song, and site heighten awareness of space, emotion, and memory