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Peabody Museum of Salem

Salem, Massachusetts
County of Essex.
161 Essex Street
National Register Number: 66000783
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Recreation & Culture - museum.
Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Museum: www.pem.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 21, 1965):
Founded in 1799 by the East India Marine Society, this is the oldest continuously-operated museum in the U.S. East India Marine Hall (1824-25), which houses a collection covering New England maritime history, Pacific Ethnology, and the natural history of Essex County, was the first structure built specifically for the organization. The Society's collection and hall were acquired in 1867 by the Peabody Academy of Science.


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