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Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., offers internationally renowned collections of art, architecture and culture encompassing more than 1.8 million works. Collections include maritime art and history; American decorative art, folk art, portraits, furniture and costumes; art from Japan, China, Korea and India; Pacific Islands, Native American, African and African-American art; and photography and works of art on paper.

The museum also showcases fine examples of Early American architecture. Parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties are on the premises. Especially noteworthy is the Yin Yu Tang house, a traditional Chinese merchant's house from the late Qing Dynasty.

Note: Due to a major renovation project taking place at the museum, some galleries may be temporarily closed; phone ahead for more information.

Guided tours are available. Food is available.

(includes fee for historic house tours) $20; $18 (senior citizens, students with ID and to all after 5 p.m.); free (ages 0-16 and Salem residents with ID). Yin Yu Tang house additional $5; free (ages 0-16 and Salem residents with ID).
Tues.-Sun. and Mon. holidays 10-5 (also third Thurs. of the month 5-9). Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 2 hours minimum.
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