Friday, July 30, 2010

Exciting New Tours at PEM

I recently learned about three new "House Tours" that are offered by the Peabody Essex Museum. These are being offered in addition to an existing tour which is shown as number four in my list.

Here is an overview:

1. Setting Salem’s Table: Three Centuries of Cooking and Dining

Compares kitchens and dining spaces in three historic houses from three centuries, considering changes brought about by global trade, cultural influences, technology, fads and fashion.

This one looks very interesting to me, given how much I enjoy cooking and entertaining!

2. Elegance and Innovation in Federal-Era Salem

Focuses on style and how trends in style reflect what is happening at the time — politically, economically and culturally.

3. From Shelter to Showpiece: Three Centuries of Salem

Compares architecture and design from three centuries, and considers how these make a house a home.

4. Two Merchants’ Homes: Yin Yu Tang and Gardner-Pingree

The Chinese house at PEM and the Gardner-Pingree House were both built by wealthy merchants around the same time — about 8,000 miles apart. See how the architecture and art in each of these early 19th-century houses reflect the personal wealth, taste and cultural values of their owners.

>Please note that not all of these tours are always going to be available on any given day. The tours at PEM are given by volunteer docents, and they will be offered in a rotation, so it will depend on which docents are available on a particular day.

Generally tour times are 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 2:45 pm. You should check with the desk as soon as the Museum opens for the day to find out which tours are going to be available, and to sign up, as space is limited.
We are very excited about these tours and cannot wait to get your feedback, so be sure to let me know after you go. You can always post your comments right here on my blog.

I hope to see you here (or there!)


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