Trails & Sails

Discover special places in your backyard from Friday Sept. 17 through Sunday Sept. 26! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails! Visit for a list of events around the region. … Continue reading Trails & Sails

Architectural Treasure Hunt

Celebrate iconic buildings in Salem’s McIntire Historic District by going on an Architectural Treasure Hunt! Use the answer bank to identify features of the following places: Hamilton Hall, Historic New England’s Phillips House, Pickering House and Salem Athenaeum. At each property, you will find a fact sheet challenging you to identify the building’s architectural details. … Continue reading Architectural Treasure Hunt

Black Women of Essex County

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites invite you to explore and learn about the history of African American people, cultures, and communities in Essex County. Residents, historians, and scholars alike have been working to unearth this history and recover these fascinating stories in order to provide a fuller account of the county’s … Continue reading Black Women of Essex County

“In American Waters” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power of the sea in American life. Oceans play a key role in American society no matter where we live, and the sea continues to inspire painters today to capture its mystery and power. In American Waters reveals that marine … Continue reading “In American Waters” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

“Salem Stories” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

Organized by the architecture of the alphabet, Salem Stories presents 26 vignettes about the people, places and events that made Salem, Massachusetts, the city it is today. The exhibition starts at “A is for Always Indigenous” to acknowledge the Native communities who have lived for millennia on the land where the museum now sits. It … Continue reading “Salem Stories” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

“The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming” at the Peabody Essex Museum

More than 300 years after the Salem witch trials, artistic imaginations remain engaged by the personal tragedies and grave injustices of this historic crisis. In this exhibition, learn more about factors that fueled the hysteria and individuals who rose to defend those unjustly accused and explore two creative responses by artists with ancestral links to … Continue reading “The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming” at the Peabody Essex Museum

Salem Athenaeum Tour

Visitors will receive a guided tour of the Salem Athenaeum building along with a brief history of the institution (established 1760). Select books from the library’s Historical Collection will be on display. Special Instructions: The building is not handicapped accessible. The tour involves stairs. Tours will start on the hour. Reservations: