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Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9500

Peabody Essex Museum

Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people’s lives. The museum’s collections are among the finest of their 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 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.  Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance the PEM’s mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructures and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion, set to open in 2019.

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has been collecting fine examples of New England furniture since the early 1800s and is pleased to be an organizing partner of the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture initiative.  Furniture from PEM’s remarkable collection is displayed throughout the museum’s main galleries as well as in six historic house properties. In fall 2014, the museum opened a major retrospective exhibition of the furniture of Nathaniel Gould, Salem’s most important 18th century cabinetmaker. An accompanying catalog, The Furniture of Nathaniel Gould (1734-1781), has been published featuring essays by Dean Lahikainen, PEM’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art. To celebrate Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, PEM has offered a series of special tours and lectures focusing on the distinctive characteristics of the museum’s furniture collection.