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Museum hosts 1.8 million artworks and features a robust rotating special exhibition schedule and a 200-year-old Qing Dynasty house

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Promotional value expires May 9, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. New members only. Not valid toward renewal of current or lapsed memberships. Must activate membership by expiration date on Groupon. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$99 for a Museum-Membership Package ($190 Total Value)

Sponsor-level membership includes unlimited free admission to the Peabody Essex Museum, more than 325 North American Reciprocal Museums, and more than 80 Council of American Maritime Museums, as well as complimentary PEM admission for two guests. Members also receive perks such as private exhibition viewing, exhibition previews and receptions, discounts at the Museum Shop, Atrium Café, and the Garden Restaurant, and a subscription to the award-winning Connections magazine.

Peabody Essex Museum

In 1799, Salem’s weathered seafarers founded the East India Marine Society and began to assemble “natural and artificial curiosities” brought back from their journeys to Asia, Africa, and other distant lands. Over the following centuries, the collection grew, and while it did, the Society evolved through various shapes until it became the Peabody Essex Museum. Today, more than 1.8 million of these works invite visitors to explore the world in a facility that underwent a $200 million transformation in 2003.

The majority of works now rest in a Moshe Safdie–designed glass-and-brick building, focused around a sunny atrium whose various architectural silhouettes echo local forms. This new building joins the East India Marine Hall, built by the seafarers’ society in 1825 and dedicated in a ceremony attended by President John Adams. Today, that National Historic Landmark hosts society-member portraits and a number of the hall’s original objects; in other galleries, paintings and sculptures by Japanese, Indian, and Chinese artists hang on the walls or perch in glass cases like pies with personal-space issues. Guests can also tour Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China and a 200-year-old structure with intricate carvings.

In 2013, the Peabody Essex Museum will add exciting new displays to its rotating special exhibitions, from Faberge treasures to impressionistic masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Manet, as well as modern African-American art and contemporary art from India. After marveling at the skill and diversity of the artwork, visitors can drop by the Atrium Café or the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat.

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    East India Square 161 Essex St


    Salem, MA 01970


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