Weddings

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA View map Visit website

About

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.

Services Offered

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.

History

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5500.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Set Up
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

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    Tracy Married on 07/12/2020
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    Beautiful Venue

    Everything was great - food etc! Natalia was so sweet and we love the museum. It felt more comfortable than the other venues we visited which were more like wedding factories and would focus on spending time gushing over ring, engagement etc (so not us!) Natalia kept it real and we felt much more comfortable with her.
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    Elaina K. Married on 09/28/2019
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    Top Notch!

    We had the most wonderful wedding reception at the PEM. It's a gorgeous space and offered a unique experience for our guests. Natalia Laskaris is incredibly professional and wonderful to work with. She and her team made wedding planning so much easier. We were lucky to have the cocktail hour in the brand new Garden Atrium, which coincidentally had their grand opening the same day as our wedding. PEM pulled off the events seamlessly! I highly recommend this location!
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    Adam C. Married on 09/14/2019
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    amazing venue and experience

    We had our wedding at the PEM in September and we were BLOWN away with the venue. When we first booked in the winter we could only use our imagination for what the end results would be. The event coordinator Natalia was by far the easiest person to work with. She had genuine interest in our choices and set up leading to the big event. She cares so much for the venue and does her best at guiding you to make the best choices and puts no pressure on anything. Her responsiveness was extremely fast which made planning so easy. I cannot express enough how beautiful the space was and the crew at PEM was extremely professional. All of our friends and family were amazed with how extravagant the ceremony and reception looked. I love PEM!

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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
Ceremonies & Passages Ceremonies & Passages Wedding Officiants

Lovely arts based venue. Professional staff.

Lisa Love Experience Lisa Love Experience Wedding Bands

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.

The Feds Weddings The Feds Weddings Wedding Photographers

Wonderful location and great staff!

Map

East India Square Salem, MA, 01970
978-631-2741
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Peabody Essex Museum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Peabody Essex Museum?

Peabody Essex Museum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Peabody Essex Museum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Peabody Essex Museum for wedding events is known for:
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Peabody Essex Museum for wedding events?

Peabody Essex Museum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does Peabody Essex Museum offer?

Peabody Essex Museum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Peabody Essex Museum offer for wedding events?

Peabody Essex Museum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Peabody Essex Museum have available for wedding events?

Peabody Essex Museum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Peabody Essex Museum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Peabody Essex Museum is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in average response time, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in value.

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