The Peabody Essex Museum is a museum and wedding venue space in Salem, Massachusetts. The venue offers an elegant, modern space for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, cocktail reception and wedding reception. The venue boasts an expansive glass atrium, art galleries, scenic gardens and more, which set the perfect backdrop for your wedding celebrations.The Peabody Essex Museum exclusive caterer, Gourmet Caterers, is happy to work with you to create the perfect menu for your wedding day!
Facilities and Capacity
The Peabody Essex Museum can accommodate up to 270 guests for your wedding reception in The Atrium. The Atrium has a dramatic, soaring glass roof and open floor space for dining and dancing. With the opening of our new addition at the end of September 2019, PEM will have several venue options from intimate galleries to elegant ballrooms to dramatic light-filled atriums and a beautiful outdoor garden space!
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The Peabody Essex Museum offers a variety of services, including:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Liza · Married on 07/01/2017
I cannot imagine my wedding reception anywhere other than the Peabody Essex Museum. If you are looking for a gorgeous venue, protected from the elements and flexible for a bigger or smaller crowd, amazing people to work with (Natalia and Liz) and a space that is just totally unique both inside and outside, this is the place.Sent on 07/23/2017
We had our cocktail hour and reception in the Atrium (cocktail hour in the Atrium spine and reception in the main Atrium). Words do not do it justice – go look at the photos online! The soaring ceilings, the balconies make for amazing photos and my husband and I had fun looking over the cocktail hour while we took a few photos up above. Then you can do your entrance by walking across the balcony and waving down at the whole reception – just awesome! We also took some large group photos on the dance floor looking up at the photographer. The space held 230 people very comfortably (we invited 315) and felt like one big party.
Natalia was amazing from start to finish – she’s super responsive and willing to work with you. We had a kid’s table and she suggested using a table the museum had in their Discovery Center and she even used all blue chairs to match our colors! As we got closer to the wedding, Natalia went over each and every detail with us, entertaining questions from both of us and both of our parents. The day-of, Liz was with us and she was on top of everything.
Although there are a few options for food, we went with Hawthorne, who does the museum’s regular catering as well. Separate review on them (they were awesome, food was amazing), but just to say they work seamlessly with Natalia and the museum, it really feels like one team that is working with you. They are completely in sync.
My husband and I loved Peabody Essex Museum for our wedding day and we also think it is really special that it is a place we will go back and visit for years to come.
Elissa Stopyra · Married on 08/03/2019
Exceptionally Stunning and Stress Free
When my husband and I got engaged and began discussing locations for our wedding, the Peabody Essex Museum was top of the list from the start. The transformation of the Atrium from a museum gathering place to cocktail and wedding reception space is like no other. Working with Natalia left us with full assurance that when we and our guests entered the venue everything would be perfect, and it was. Henry was also amazing, taking care of all our lighting requests and even offering his own suggestions, which we loved. From the light projection on the wall and dancefloor, to collaborating with the catering company, greeting us at the front door, and ensuring that we got to take pictures in all the best spots around the museum. We truly could not have asked for a more beautiful location, and an amazing team of staff. It is because of Natalia and her team being so strong, that we were able to simply enjoy the wedding with no worries, and for that we are truly grateful. Our guests were all astounded with the venue, and we knew they would be!Sent on 08/07/2019
D Larsson · Married on 12/29/2018
Terrific wedding venue!!
My daughters wedding was beautiful! Natalia and her staff were so professional and made the whole experience a pleasure!Sent on 12/30/2018
She was extremely responsive and offered so much advice and recommendations I didn't even think of. I would absolutely recommend having a wedding there, it was perfect!
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Lovely arts based venue. Professional staff.
What a spectacular venue. From the friendly staff to the great food to the amazing energy and sites in the museum. I must say this has been one of my favorite places to perform at.
Wonderful location and great staff!