Peabody Essex Museum and Collection

Peabody Essex Museum

Jan. 2, 2024 - Dec. 31, 2027

161 Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Phone 978-745-9500

…following quote taken from the Peabody Essex Museum website. “The roots of the Peabody Essex Museum date to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains and supercargoes who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The society’s charter included a provision for the establishment of a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities,” which is what we today would call a museum. Society members brought to Salem a diverse collection of objects from the northwest coast of America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, India and elsewhere. By 1825, the society moved into its own building, East India Marine Hall, which today contains the original display cases and some of the very first objects collected…”

For more information visit the Peabody Essex Museum website link above.

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