The Peabody Essex Museum is a bright and spacious wedding venue located in Salem, Massachusetts. The main focus of this museum is to connect people to one another through art and culture. With worldwide relationships both past and present at play throughout this venue, PEM is an intriguing place to secure a lasting bond with your partner.
Facilities and Capacity
This monumental building features a bright and spacious atrium, art galleries, and tranquil gardens. The expansive Atrium can host up to 270 guests beneath an impressive sky-light ceiling. Boasting a large open floor plan, this abundance of space is ideal for wedding receptions. The East India Marine Hall lends an element of sophistication to any event within it. The room is consistently flooded with light due to its large Renaissance-era Palladian windows. This space offers a selection of venue options from intimate art gallery spaces to dignified ballrooms.
The professional staff at PEM are available to help plan events and assist couples on their special day to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The museum has an exclusive catering company for celebrations hosted at the venue. Their caterers can work with clients to create a personalized menu that suits individual budget requirements. This venue is also available to host engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. Setup and cleanup, lighting equipment rentals, and tables and chairs are provided by The Peabody Essex Museum.
The Peabody Essex Museum was founded in 1799 with the hopes to broaden its visitors’ knowledge of one another and the world around them. This museum displays some of the earliest art discovered in America, Australia, and the Pacific islands. These exhibitions are arranged to show guests the connection between specific artistic and historical artifacts and their cultural traditions. As one of the nation’s oldest museums, PEM was among the first to gather pieces of work from across the globe and display them.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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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!
Christina · Married on 08/04/2018
To say we had the most perfect wedding reception at the Peabody Essex Museum would be an understatement. From the first day that we saw the venue, Natalia was super responsive, accommodating, sweet, and flexible with us and what we envisioned for our wedding day. She eased our minds during every step of the way and not only made the planning process easy but enjoyable. When our wedding day arrived, she took care of everything and we were in awe when we walked into the cocktail hour/reception. Everything looked absolutely beautiful and was laid out exactly how we wanted it to be. They did a phenomenal job transforming the space into a stunning room that all of our guests were extremely impressed by. Even three months after the wedding, we are still receiving compliments about how beautiful the venue was and surpassed everyone’s expectations. We are so thankful for everyone at the PEM and highly recommend it!Sent on 10/28/2018
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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!