Looking for a new date idea? Check out Lynn Museum and Historical Society in Lynn and enjoy a peaceful night of art browsing.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this museum for any one of their A+ dishes.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this museum — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Signature service: Art Classes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Individual creativity is encouraged, acrylic paint will stain, no painting experience required
Q&A with Michelle Lewis, Director, Lead Instructor
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Class instructors are professional artists and matriculated educators. They cultivate individual creativity through step-by-step guidance in color mixing and acrylic painting techniques.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
That everyone has their own style and voice when engaging in the creative process. I love sharing outlets for creative expression with strangers, and in turn watching them realize their own unique gifts and abilities through the medium of paint.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The creative abilities of participants who thought they lacked artistic skill.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Shelscapes offers professional classes where artistic process is more celebrated than product. Fun is encouraged, along with enjoying a night out, but more importantly [they help]
wind down from the routine of modern life and engage the mind in a new and challenging way.
Canvas my Pix preserves memories by transferring customers’ photographs to canvas prints, window shades, and wall decals. Guests upload a high-resolution photograph of their children, classic car, or favorite white wall. From there, the company uses a three-dimensional ink system to produce a crisp image onto a UV-protected, water-resistant print. Canvas my Pix can also spruce up mailboxes, laptops, and other surfaces with photo prints.
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.
Five Things to Know About New England Pirate Museum
New England is, as it turns out, a good place to have a pirate museum. During the height of piracy in the 17th and 18th century, the museum says, pirates such as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard spent their summers in New England. Here are a few things to know when you stop by the museum.
You’ll see pirates even before stepping foot inside. Walk up from either side of the museum to spot images of pirates scaling the exterior walls.
There’s an 80-foot cave exhibit to explore, complete with buried treasures and creatures.
The best times to go are when school’s out and close to Halloween. The museum is open every day from May to October, and only weekends in April and November. Late October introduces a haunted touch to the museum.
Take the walking tour. In about half an hour, you’ll be introduced to 60-odd pirates and their treasures, a dockside village, and a pirate ship.
Kids will love it. The guide on each walking tour is skilled at stimulating youngsters’ imaginations and leading them to participate and ask questions. The museum provides educational materials to further fortify the lessons learned.