The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates the opening of its new wing and garden

On the weekend of September 28 and 29, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)one of the oldest museums in the country will offer FREE admission to celebrate the opening of a major new wing and garden.

The $125M, 40,000 square-foot expansion makes PEM one of the nation’s largest art museums located outside of a major urban center.

The expansion has added three major exhibition galleries and a sun-lit atrium. The new wing and adjacent newly-renovated galleries feature fresh installations of the museum’s exemplary collections and present recently-commissioned work by contemporary artists.

Further gracing the expansion is an exquisite 5,000-square-foot garden.

A bird’s eye view of the new garden. © 2019 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Bob Packert

The landscape design is inspired by the PEM’s maritime history, overlaid with a contemporary aesthetic, to evoke a voyage from North America to Asia. This narrative journey is expressed through the integration of ecological and cultural systems, with a thoughtful layering of plants, water features, and beautiful granite masonry.

On the museum’s website, a step-by-step description of the garden highlights the way plant selections and hardscaping coalesce in a sequencing that tells the story of the voyage to the East.

© Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Bob Packert

The new garden provides a soothing oasis at the heart of the magnificent home of a widely-esteemed art collection.

Hmmmm … Maybe it’s time to plan a little trip?

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St / East India Square
Salem, MA

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