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The Peabody-Essex Museum

Salem Wedding Venue
161 Essex Street, East India Square
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Contact: Functions
Phone: 978/542-1615

Why We Like This Place

  • The museum building, designed by world-renowned architect and urban planner Moshe Safdie, is a dramatic backdrop. Using an inspired combination of brick and glass, the structure echoes the shapes and forms of local architecture and its interior layout creates an effortless flow between galleries.
  • You’ll love the unique event spaces. The breathtaking Atrium dazzles with its soaring curved glass ceiling and abundant natural light. A pair of galleries can be rented together for your wedding and reception: the octagonal Bartlett showcases decorative porcelain as part of the Chinese export collection, while the Copeland is ideal for cocktails. Both open onto the lovely Moongate Patio in the Asian Garden. And then there’s the elegant East India Marine Hall, which features multiple arched, floor-to-ceiling windows, gleaming wood floors and artwork throughout.
  • You and your guests can tour the museum. Explore art exhibits from America, China, Japan and India. Visit the Art and Nature Center or walk through Yin Yu Tang, a Chinese house. A Historic Houses tour for nearby sites is included with museum admission, and groups of 10 or more get a discounted rate.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 270
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 600
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 180

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. Museum membership is required. Reception-only packages range $5,500–8,500. Ceremony and reception packages range $6,500–9,500. Pricing varies depending on the spaces reserved.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings

Venue Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility

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