Monday, July 01, 2013

FREE PEM Admission Friday July 5 -- Wow!!!

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Free Fun Friday

PEM Free to All
July 5, 3013, 10 am to 5 pm

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to participate in the fifth annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. On Friday, July 5, 2013, PEM will open its doors with free general admission to visitors all day long. Please note that the special exhibition Fabergé Revealed and tickets to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House are not included. ($5 extra for each of these two special ticketed exhibitions.)

Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Each Friday this summer, there will be six venues open for free. The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free and has invested $650,000 to support the Free Fun Fridays program this year. The program begins Friday, June 28 and runs through Friday, August 30. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit:

Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holding, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive 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. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructures and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion.

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month, 10 am-9:30 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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.

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