Saturday, March 06, 2010

Wow! Another Innovative Set of Programs at PEM

This sounds so terrific -- I want to do them ALL!! I think of PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum) here in Salem as 'our' museum, but it really is a world-class museum of great distinction. In my personal opinion, one of the things they do best is blending ART and CULTURE (which is their mission) in a way that is unique among museums. These programs for next weekend seem to exemplify that mission.

I hope to see you here.




Join us for a weekend of creative explorations at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) on March 13th - 14th, 2010.

Nine distinct 45-minute tours offer visitors a unique perspective on the Museum’s world class collections and encourage new ways of looking at art. Tours are FREE with museum admission and are designed to cover and array of interests, from history and politics to fashion and romance.

“We want our visitors to be moved to laugh, to question, or to gain new appreciation of a work of art,” says Ellen Soares, Docent Manager at PEM. “We devised these new tours to help people explore and experience our collection in different ways.”


Triumph and Tragedy on the High Seas SATURDAY at 11:30 am SUNDAY at 3 pm
The sea is the setting for adventure, drama, tragedies and triumphs in this exciting tour of maritime art.

Love Stories SATURDAY at Noon SUNDAY at 2:30 pm
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Passion, unrequited love, happily ever after — the Museum's art tells many love stories.

Art & Politics SATURDAY at 12:30 pm SUNDAY at 2 pm
Some objects carry a political message. Come see what our art has to say about power, rebellion and political agendas.

Yakkety Yak, Please Talk Back SATURDAY at 1 pm SUNDAY at 1:30 pm
Some art seems to talk — to someone in the painting, to the world at large or perhaps to you. Have fun speculating on what some works of art might be saying.

Sailing by the Stars SATURDAY at 1:30 pm SUNDAY at 1 pm
Follow the stars and move with the wind. Learn about square-riggers, celestial navigation, dead reckoning and how art played a part in the great age of sail.

Look ... and Look Again SATURDAY at 2 pm SUNDAY at 12:30 pm
Uncover the story within the story in this exploration of several intriguing works of art.

The Library Connection SATURDAY at 2:30 pm
Explore the far-ranging influence of the renowned Phillips Library on PEM through its treasure trove of art, architecture and astonishing collections.

The Humongous Teeny-Tiny Tour SATURDAY at 3 pm SUNDAY at 11:30 am
Does one size fit all? See if and why an object's size matters as we look at some of the museum's smallest and largest works of art.

Keeping Up Appearances SUNDAY at Noon
Dress for power, dress for allure, dress for function or fun. Fashion crosses time and cultures at PEM.

About the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at

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