Friday, July 29, 2011

Historic House Tour at PEM

After all of these years, I finally had the opportunity to go on the tour of the interiors of three of the historic homes owned by the PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) and located only a stone's throw away from the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

The three homes currently available to tour (by ticket, as specified times) are:  John Ward House, 1683; Crowninshield-Bentley House, 1727, and the Gardner-Pingree House, 1805.

Here are some photos, mainly of the interiors, for those of you who might not be able to obtain one of the limited tour tickets:

 Crowninshield-Bentley House Dining Area
 John Ward House Interior
  John Ward House Interior
  John Ward House Interior, Kitchen above and below
  John Ward House Interior
  John Ward House Interior with our very knowledgeable tour guide.
 Crowninshield-Bentley House Exterior
(More information:
 Crowninshield-Bentley House Kitchen, above and below

Crowninshield-Bentley House Parlor

Another link to more information on these historic homes:

I will post more photos in the coming days.

I do highly recommend that you attend one of these tours in person.  Certainly no camera can catch all of the nuances of three historic homes such as these in a little more than an hour.

I hope to see you here (and don't forget that the Hawthorne Hotel does offer a nice package with PEM!


1 comment:

  1. Your iPhone takes pictures so much better than mine does - especially considering the low-lighting conditions of the houses.

    In addition to it being a wonderful tour showcasing older art and architecture, I thought that it was very nice that the PEM does allow visitors to take pictures inside the houses so long as they are done without flash. A lot of historic homes don't allow such things making it very difficult for those who can't travel to those locations an opportunity to see a bit of history.

    Personally speaking I believe that the PEM is definitely one of the biggest jewels in the crown of Salem - no trip to Salem is complete without a stop there!