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Peabody Essex Museum tour

September 18, 10:00 a.m.

The Peabody Essex Museum was founded in 1799, sixteen years after the establishment of the nation and nearly three-quarters of a century before the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The museum’s founders were among America’s first global entrepreneurs, traveling the world in search of trade. The collections they amassed are exceptional for their provenance, age, quality, and significance.

The Peabody Essex Museum is a hidden treasure, with collections—many ranking among the finest of their kind—that exceed 2.4 million works of art and culture amongst architecture & design, Asian art, photography, Native American art, rare books and more. Peabody Essex collections also encompass twenty-four historic buildings, including four National Historic Landmarks, five National Register buildings, and our most recent architecture acquisition, Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house located outside China.

On this Sunday trip, you will receive a docent-lead tour of the museum followed by lunch in the Bartlett Gallery. The Bartlett Gallery is the centerpiece in a suite of three galleries dedicated to the museum’s Chinese export porcelain collection. The room has an elegant octagonal shape and is bounded on its eight sides by display cases filled with decorative and colorful Chinese porcelain. After lunch, you will have time to revisit the museum’s collections, historic architecture or explore the town of Salem.

Tickets: $100; only 55 available. Tickets for this event are non-refundable.