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The roots of the museum stretch way back to the founding of the East India Marine Society in 1799. The museum itself was established to preserve those artistic and natural artifacts that are of some significance to society. When word of the museum began to spread, people from all over started to bring rare artifacts, some of which had been passed down through the generations, to be showcased at this spectacular location. Since then, the museum has come a long way and now houses some of the rarest pieces and art installations known to humanity. The museum features artifacts that have been sourced from different parts of the world, have different origins, and hail from various societies.
Even though the museum has been functioning for a couple of decades, it only recently received an image overhaul, giving it a more modernized look more in tune with the feel that art has today. The building itself stands as a structure of architectural excellence and draws crowds of people from all over the world. The museum aims to celebrate art and society through the exhibition of artifacts that have had a certain social significance or have impacted society in some way, while also seeking to educate and inspire people about the wonders of art.
The Peabody Essex Museum wants its visitors to experience a different side of creative bliss when they visit the museum. They encourage patrons to come and introspect, with the intention of finding their creative selves and forming their own interpretations of the art showcased at the museum. The museum has over a million pieces, which either have been or are currently being showcased on the premises, and includes donations from all over the world. Some of the artifacts are stored at the museum date back to the BC-era and shed light on some of the more ancient civilizations.
The PEM also aims to give patrons of the museum a chance to explore societies and their structures based on the art and artifacts presented here, offering a unique look at the lives of people belonging to different cultures in order to develop a deeper global understanding of humanity as a whole.
The museum also hosts exhibitions on various themes and genres that showcase artists from across the globe. A look at the museum schedule will inform you on the exhibitions on offer during your visit.