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Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA View map Visit website
2023 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
91 reviews
Up to 250 guests

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2023 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Up to 250 guests

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?

$5,500

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

$5,500

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

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

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
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access
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    Molly Married on 09/10/2022
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    Fun, Friendly, Flawless!

    Natalia at PEM was flawlessly perfect as our venue coordinator. I had heard so many horror stories about planning weddings from my friends. We had no hiccups, no speedbumps, no derailments - and a large part of that is thanks to Natalia. She was responsive right from day one - she helped us find appropriate vendors - she had amazing ideas but was also totally on board to let us plan our wedding the way we wanted. We met up with her during the rehearsal walkthrough and she told us what most people do ... and then took our unique ideas to heart ... and we came up with a perfect combination of the two. She worked with our vendors and each of them told me what a pleasure she was to talk to. Seriously - if you are in the Salem area and want an amazingly beautiful wedding ... the Peabody Essex Museum is your venue. Take my word for it.
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    Angela C. Married on 07/02/2022
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    PEM is Unforgettable

    Having our wedding at a museum was such an experience for us and our guests, but especially more so at the PEM. We couldn't get over how beautiful PEM is, and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves, especially in the Chamber of Light and Shadows room. We worked with an amazing team, and Natalia and her team are top tiered - they're all kind, responsive, and are so willing to help make your vision for your dream wedding come true. Definitely recommend them!
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    Lisamarie D. Married on 06/25/2022
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    PEM & Natalia are the BEST!

    We had the most amazing experience working with Natalia and the rest of the team at PEM. Natalia made planning our wedding an absolutely stress-free and joyful process. Our day came together so perfectly, and it was more than anything we could have imagined. Our guests had the most incredible time, and we would get married there all over again if we could!
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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!

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East India Square Salem, MA, 01970
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Peabody Essex Museum frequently asked questions

Peabody Essex Museum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The space offered by Peabody Essex Museum for wedding events is known for:
  • Museum
Peabody Essex Museum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
Peabody Essex Museum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Peabody Essex Museum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Peabody Essex Museum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tables
Peabody Essex Museum is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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