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Peabody Essex Museum

Salem , MA

LOCATION

East India Square
Salem, MA US 01970 (map)
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ABOUT US

From a breathtaking glass atrium to stunning halls, galleries, historic spaces and scenic gardens, the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Mass., offers unique settings ideal for your... Read more
From a breathtaking glass atrium to stunning halls, galleries, historic spaces and scenic gardens, the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Mass., offers unique settings ideal for your wedding. Choose from an unparalleled selection of caterers and perfect the details of your day with experienced event planners.

The museum campus is splendidly suited for a variety of uses including large corporate meetings and intimate business gatherings, cocktail receptions, wedding ceremonies, formal parties and celebrations, and photograph taking. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1824
When was your venue last renovated?
2003
Describe your venue:
Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Coastal, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
600
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had our rehearsal dinner here, and it was stunning! This is an incredible venue, and the food was excellent. There is only one caterer to choose from, which is not ideal; however they did an outstanding job customizing a menu to our vision and serving delicious food!
We had our rehearsal dinner here, and it was stunning! This is an incredible venue, and the food was excellent. There is Read more...
We had our rehearsal dinner here, and it was stunning! This is an incredible venue, and the food was excellent. There is only one caterer to choose from, which is not ideal; however they did an outstanding job customizing a menu to our vision and serving delicious food! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend the lovely Peabody Essex Museum wedding reception venue based upon my recent positive experience with Natalia Laskaris, the Manager of Private Functions & Rentals and her team. Natalia is friendly, experienced and professional and coordinated a wedding reception which was beyond our expectations. She was very responsive to our planning questions and worked seamlessly with our vendors, including the Hawthorne Catering team (under Lindsay Otis and Liz) which provided fabulous service and delicious quality food and beverages. The Museum venue has that WOW factor which impressed our guests and provided unique photo opportunities and wonderful memories. Our cocktail reception was held in the dramatic Atrium room with dinner and dancing in the historic East India Marine Hall. The Museum is in close walking distance to the Hawthorne Hotel and Salem Waterfront Hotel which made for a wonderful wedding weekend experience with our guests. A constructive point of attention for future brides is that the Museum shuts down sharply at the end of the night. As such, if there is an interest in having an after-hour gathering with your guests, I would suggest meeting with local area bar/restaurant management in advance to confirm their ability to accommodate such a gathering. The Salem hotels have strict quiet policies and the local/hotel bars which we had understood would be open late were closed the night of our wedding. Overall, we were very happy with our wedding reception and our friends and family are still raving about the event several months later. We wish we could do it again!
I highly recommend the lovely Peabody Essex Museum wedding reception venue based upon my recent positive experience with Read more...
I highly recommend the lovely Peabody Essex Museum wedding reception venue based upon my recent positive experience with Natalia Laskaris, the Manager of Private Functions & Rentals and her team. Natalia is friendly, experienced and professional and coordinated a wedding reception which was beyond our expectations. She was very responsive to our planning questions and worked seamlessly with our vendors, including the Hawthorne Catering team (under Lindsay Otis and Liz) which provided fabulous service and delicious quality food and beverages. The Museum venue has that WOW factor which impressed our guests and provided unique photo opportunities and wonderful memories. Our cocktail reception was held in the dramatic Atrium room with dinner and dancing in the historic East India Marine Hall. The Museum is in close walking distance to the Hawthorne Hotel and Salem Waterfront Hotel which made for a wonderful wedding weekend experience with our guests. A constructive point of attention for future brides is that the Museum shuts down sharply at the end of the night. As such, if there is an interest in having an after-hour gathering with your guests, I would suggest meeting with local area bar/restaurant management in advance to confirm their ability to accommodate such a gathering. The Salem hotels have strict quiet policies and the local/hotel bars which we had understood would be open late were closed the night of our wedding. Overall, we were very happy with our wedding reception and our friends and family are still raving about the event several months later. We wish we could do it again! Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about the PEM. Nor can I say enough about the help and value of Natalia Laskaris. From the moment I said Yes to the moment I said I do, I felt that there was nothing left out. Our needs were attended to with a very subtle and easygoing manner that made it feel as though all of the details that were in our wedding occurred organically, and naturally. From the table setting to the food, every detail was top notch. There were occasions where we felt as though we may have been in over our heads planning things. However, the staff, and more importantly Natalia offered plenty of solutions that worked for our special event. When you make a decision to have your wedding at the PEM, you have made a decision to put your trust in a beautiful venue that really produced the most perfect day! What is more exciting than the ease of planning, and all of the support was the event, and the reaction of the event to our family and friends. We have had so many compliments regarding the venue, the food, the ceremony, and all of that was made possible by Natalia and the illustrious staff of the PEM! Well done indeed!
I cannot say enough good things about the PEM. Nor can I say enough about the help and value of Natalia Laskaris. From the Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about the PEM. Nor can I say enough about the help and value of Natalia Laskaris. From the moment I said Yes to the moment I said I do, I felt that there was nothing left out. Our needs were attended to with a very subtle and easygoing manner that made it feel as though all of the details that were in our wedding occurred organically, and naturally. From the table setting to the food, every detail was top notch. There were occasions where we felt as though we may have been in over our heads planning things. However, the staff, and more importantly Natalia offered plenty of solutions that worked for our special event. When you make a decision to have your wedding at the PEM, you have made a decision to put your trust in a beautiful venue that really produced the most perfect day! What is more exciting than the ease of planning, and all of the support was the event, and the reaction of the event to our family and friends. We have had so many compliments regarding the venue, the food, the ceremony, and all of that was made possible by Natalia and the illustrious staff of the PEM! Well done indeed! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our July wedding at the PEM was absolutely AMAZING. I can’t put into words how gorgeous and unique the space is. Natalia and Lindsay (Hawthorne Catering) were so helpful. From the day that we showed up and wanted to see the space, until the very end of the reception. The PEM and Hawthorne went above and beyond in accommodating us. After our final meeting on the day before the wedding, I felt relaxed knowing that everything was going to be awesome. We were able to enjoy the whole wedding day without a single worry. I knew that I could trust their expertise and I am an event planner! Everything went off without a hitch, the evening was perfect. The only glitch in the wedding day was the fact that I had the most uncomfortable shoes. They were killing me, to the point where I could not walk. Natalia saw that I was uncomfortable, ran up to her desk and got me 2 pairs of her own sandals that she let me borrow for the evening. She truly saved my day… I am not joking! Natalia is the best- I know that most people would not have done what she did, and it is something that I will always remember. There are also so many great picture oppurtunities all around (inside and outside) of the PEM. The East India Marine Hall is so beautiful in itself that you don’t need to go crazy with a ton of your own decorations (which takes away a lot of unnecessary stress!) The PEM is THE most perfect spot to have a wedding reception; I have received so much great feedback from everyone who attended. It makes us both happy and confident that we chose the museum to celebrate our wedding with our 200 guests. It is a really neat place that people of all ages appreciate. I would highly recommend the museum, and I am still so thankful to have had such a great support team at the PEM and Hawthorne Catering. Also, they were so kind to our other vendors, which is always helpful! No other wedding will ever compare to our own celebration at the PEM. I wish I could do it all over. Thank you!
Our July wedding at the PEM was absolutely AMAZING. I can’t put into words how gorgeous and unique the space is. Natalia Read more...
Our July wedding at the PEM was absolutely AMAZING. I can’t put into words how gorgeous and unique the space is. Natalia and Lindsay (Hawthorne Catering) were so helpful. From the day that we showed up and wanted to see the space, until the very end of the reception. The PEM and Hawthorne went above and beyond in accommodating us. After our final meeting on the day before the wedding, I felt relaxed knowing that everything was going to be awesome. We were able to enjoy the whole wedding day without a single worry. I knew that I could trust their expertise and I am an event planner! Everything went off without a hitch, the evening was perfect. The only glitch in the wedding day was the fact that I had the most uncomfortable shoes. They were killing me, to the point where I could not walk. Natalia saw that I was uncomfortable, ran up to her desk and got me 2 pairs of her own sandals that she let me borrow for the evening. She truly saved my day… I am not joking! Natalia is the best- I know that most people would not have done what she did, and it is something that I will always remember. There are also so many great picture oppurtunities all around (inside and outside) of the PEM. The East India Marine Hall is so beautiful in itself that you don’t need to go crazy with a ton of your own decorations (which takes away a lot of unnecessary stress!) The PEM is THE most perfect spot to have a wedding reception; I have received so much great feedback from everyone who attended. It makes us both happy and confident that we chose the museum to celebrate our wedding with our 200 guests. It is a really neat place that people of all ages appreciate. I would highly recommend the museum, and I am still so thankful to have had such a great support team at the PEM and Hawthorne Catering. Also, they were so kind to our other vendors, which is always helpful! No other wedding will ever compare to our own celebration at the PEM. I wish I could do it all over. Thank you! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough about how great our wedding was at the Peabody Essex Museum. The support and cooperation leading up to the wedding was exceptional. The best part was working with Natalia, she exceeded all expectations. Natalia gave up her Friday night to help with our ceremony rehearsal even though we were not having the ceremony at the PEM. Highly recommend with no reservations!!!
We cannot say enough about how great our wedding was at the Peabody Essex Museum. The support and cooperation leading up Read more...
We cannot say enough about how great our wedding was at the Peabody Essex Museum. The support and cooperation leading up to the wedding was exceptional. The best part was working with Natalia, she exceeded all expectations. Natalia gave up her Friday night to help with our ceremony rehearsal even though we were not having the ceremony at the PEM. Highly recommend with no reservations!!! Read less
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ELSNMT
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Getting married at the PEM is the single best decision we made in our wedding planning process! First of all, the space is so striking and unique--we got married in the East India Marine Hall, had cocktails in the Bartlett/Copeland galleries and patio, and our reception was in the atrium. The spaces are just beautiful and make for striking photos. But most of all, working with Natalia made the process so easy. She was responsive, flexible (for example, it was 95 degrees the day of our wedding and she let us wait until 2pm on the day of the wedding to decide whether cocktails would be outside or inside), and beyond professional. Her staff is also amazing.
Getting married at the PEM is the single best decision we made in our wedding planning process! First of all, the space is Read more...
Getting married at the PEM is the single best decision we made in our wedding planning process! First of all, the space is so striking and unique--we got married in the East India Marine Hall, had cocktails in the Bartlett/Copeland galleries and patio, and our reception was in the atrium. The spaces are just beautiful and make for striking photos. But most of all, working with Natalia made the process so easy. She was responsive, flexible (for example, it was 95 degrees the day of our wedding and she let us wait until 2pm on the day of the wedding to decide whether cocktails would be outside or inside), and beyond professional. Her staff is also amazing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about PEM, Natalia and her entire team. We had our coctail hour in the Atrium and our reception in East India Marine Hall. Not only is the venue stunning and unique, everyone at PEM was extremely flexible and went out of their way to make sure that everything would be exactly as we wanted it. Compared to other venues we saw, we thought it was a great value as well. We just received our professional photos and the whole museum photographs beautifully. We were absolutely thrilled with everything about the museum and we can't wait to go back and visit.
I can't say enough great things about PEM, Natalia and her entire team. We had our coctail hour in the Atrium and our Read more...
I can't say enough great things about PEM, Natalia and her entire team. We had our coctail hour in the Atrium and our reception in East India Marine Hall. Not only is the venue stunning and unique, everyone at PEM was extremely flexible and went out of their way to make sure that everything would be exactly as we wanted it. Compared to other venues we saw, we thought it was a great value as well. We just received our professional photos and the whole museum photographs beautifully. We were absolutely thrilled with everything about the museum and we can't wait to go back and visit. Read less
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Jeremy
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Beautiful location and amazing event coordination. Our wedding at the PEM couldn't have been more perfect from start to finish thanks to Natalia Laskaris, the Museum's event coordinator, who handled everything expertly and graciously from start to finish.
Beautiful location and amazing event coordination. Our wedding at the PEM couldn't have been more perfect from start to Read more...
Beautiful location and amazing event coordination. Our wedding at the PEM couldn't have been more perfect from start to finish thanks to Natalia Laskaris, the Museum's event coordinator, who handled everything expertly and graciously from start to finish. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum was a dream come true. It is an absolutely gorgeous venue (we had the ceremony in the East India Marine Hall) and the reception in the Atrium, with an amazing amount of character. There are beautiful locations for pictures, an ideal space for the bridal party to wait - and Natalia is a joy to work with. She is helpful, responsive, flexible and so kind. She helped us out with extra flexibility to set up, handled our rehearsal beautifully and was the ideal liasion throughout the process. I wouldn't have had my wedding anywhere else. Choose the PEM, you will not regret it!
My wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum was a dream come true. It is an absolutely gorgeous venue (we had the ceremony in Read more...
My wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum was a dream come true. It is an absolutely gorgeous venue (we had the ceremony in the East India Marine Hall) and the reception in the Atrium, with an amazing amount of character. There are beautiful locations for pictures, an ideal space for the bridal party to wait - and Natalia is a joy to work with. She is helpful, responsive, flexible and so kind. She helped us out with extra flexibility to set up, handled our rehearsal beautifully and was the ideal liasion throughout the process. I wouldn't have had my wedding anywhere else. Choose the PEM, you will not regret it! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
1/26/2013
5.0/5.0
HIGHLY recommend this place for a reception - it's amazing in every way!! Thank you so much!
HIGHLY recommend this place for a reception - it's amazing in every way!! Thank you so much!
HIGHLY recommend this place for a reception - it's amazing in every way!! Thank you so much! Read less
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Ginny
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding was this fall. We had 8 months to plan and after looking at several locations on the North Shore we decided on the PEM. Natalia couldn't have been nicer or easier to work with. The wedding was perfect from the beginning to the end. I didn't have to think of one thing other then having a great time. The PEM is a beautiful large space with awesome artifacts that are so true to our northshore history. Our guests were more then complimentary to the whole affair. Coctails in the Bartlett Gallery and reception in the East India Marine Hall. Both rooms are so unique and beautiful. Can't thank everyone enough for a truly beautiful night.
My daughter's wedding was this fall. We had 8 months to plan and after looking at several locations on the North Shore we Read more...
My daughter's wedding was this fall. We had 8 months to plan and after looking at several locations on the North Shore we decided on the PEM. Natalia couldn't have been nicer or easier to work with. The wedding was perfect from the beginning to the end. I didn't have to think of one thing other then having a great time. The PEM is a beautiful large space with awesome artifacts that are so true to our northshore history. Our guests were more then complimentary to the whole affair. Coctails in the Bartlett Gallery and reception in the East India Marine Hall. Both rooms are so unique and beautiful. Can't thank everyone enough for a truly beautiful night. Read less
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Corinne
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
My Husband and I had our wedding reception in the East India Marine Hall with the cocktail reception in the Atrium. Words can not explain how picture pefect it was. As soon as we saw the hall and atrium on our tour we knew no other place we looked at could ever mesure up and boy were we right! We went home that night and talked about the dates and booked it immediately. Working with Natalia made it all seem too easy. She was so phenomenal to work with, she was so accommodating with everything and took the stress away! When the big day came, walking into both the atrium and East India Marine Hall took my breath away. I had to keep pinching myself that this was real, it just seemed like it was straight from a movie, we got so many comments on how it was the absolute nicest wedding our guests have been to.

We used the Hawthorne Hotel for catering, Lindsay Otis, just like Natalia, took the stress away! She made everything so easy, and was there for all of our questions and requests without any hesitations. When we had our tasting, she was sitting at our table and told us all of our options and all the information we needed to know. The hardest part was deciding on what dishes to offer our guests! You seriously cannot go wrong with ANYTHING they offer! We go so many comments on how incredible the food was, from the hor dourves to the salad to the appetizers and so on, everyone wanted more of everything! The service was beyond impeccable, the staff was so attentive to everyone and knew where each person was who had a food allergy and went over how their meal is going to be cooked and served.

Natalia and Lindsay were there from start to finish, they made our wedding day better than we have imagined it could be. We were shown what a dream wedding was like. I could go on for days about how great everything was, so just know your dream wedding will be in great hands when you choose the Peabody Essex Museum!
My Husband and I had our wedding reception in the East India Marine Hall with the cocktail reception in the Atrium. Words Read more...
My Husband and I had our wedding reception in the East India Marine Hall with the cocktail reception in the Atrium. Words can not explain how picture pefect it was. As soon as we saw the hall and atrium on our tour we knew no other place we looked at could ever mesure up and boy were we right! We went home that night and talked about the dates and booked it immediately. Working with Natalia made it all seem too easy. She was so phenomenal to work with, she was so accommodating with everything and took the stress away! When the big day came, walking into both the atrium and East India Marine Hall took my breath away. I had to keep pinching myself that this was real, it just seemed like it was straight from a movie, we got so many comments on how it was the absolute nicest wedding our guests have been to.

We used the Hawthorne Hotel for catering, Lindsay Otis, just like Natalia, took the stress away! She made everything so easy, and was there for all of our questions and requests without any hesitations. When we had our tasting, she was sitting at our table and told us all of our options and all the information we needed to know. The hardest part was deciding on what dishes to offer our guests! You seriously cannot go wrong with ANYTHING they offer! We go so many comments on how incredible the food was, from the hor dourves to the salad to the appetizers and so on, everyone wanted more of everything! The service was beyond impeccable, the staff was so attentive to everyone and knew where each person was who had a food allergy and went over how their meal is going to be cooked and served.

Natalia and Lindsay were there from start to finish, they made our wedding day better than we have imagined it could be. We were shown what a dream wedding was like. I could go on for days about how great everything was, so just know your dream wedding will be in great hands when you choose the Peabody Essex Museum! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The PEM is a great venue. All of our guests were amazed by the space (we had guests from NYC, DC, France, London, etc. and many said they have never seen such an amazing and unique). We had the cocktail hour upstairs in the East India Marine Hall and the reception downstairs in the atrium. We had amber uplighting which made the space amazing. Natalia was a pleasure to work with and the museum was very accommodating. We had the ceremony in a private residence and PEM easily accommodated our plan to have the PEM as our rain back up (luckily we did not need it!).
The PEM is a great venue. All of our guests were amazed by the space (we had guests from NYC, DC, France, London, etc. and Read more...
The PEM is a great venue. All of our guests were amazed by the space (we had guests from NYC, DC, France, London, etc. and many said they have never seen such an amazing and unique). We had the cocktail hour upstairs in the East India Marine Hall and the reception downstairs in the atrium. We had amber uplighting which made the space amazing. Natalia was a pleasure to work with and the museum was very accommodating. We had the ceremony in a private residence and PEM easily accommodated our plan to have the PEM as our rain back up (luckily we did not need it!). Read less
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Annemarie
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We were so happy that we chose the PEM for our wedding venue, after looking at 10+ different sites around the Boston area. The PEM is a unique, special, classy place with great history and beautiful architecture. We wanted a wedding venue with character and meaning and we found that in the PEM. Our experience with the PEM was even more special because of the event coordinator, Natalia Laskaris. Natalia was professional, caring, kind, knowledgable and calm throughout our year-long planning process. She responded to our countless emails quickly and always answered our questions, making us feel like we were a top priority. Natalia helped coordinate all of our vendors and communicated with them in the days leading up to our wedding, so everyone was on the same page. She went above and beyond what we were expecting and was an absolute pleasure to deal with. The PEM is lucky to have Natalia!

If you decide to book the Peabody Essex Museum, keep in mind you are hiring all vendors on your own. Your payment to the PEM guarantees you the gallery space, tables and chairs but that's about it. You have to choose from a list of 5 or 6 catering companies and you have NO choice about the alcohol vendor (you have to use the Hawthorne Hotel/Catering). This worked out well for us, because we got to pick and choose the vendors we liked and really were able to plan our wedding with our personal style in mind.
We were so happy that we chose the PEM for our wedding venue, after looking at 10+ different sites around the Boston area. Read more...
We were so happy that we chose the PEM for our wedding venue, after looking at 10+ different sites around the Boston area. The PEM is a unique, special, classy place with great history and beautiful architecture. We wanted a wedding venue with character and meaning and we found that in the PEM. Our experience with the PEM was even more special because of the event coordinator, Natalia Laskaris. Natalia was professional, caring, kind, knowledgable and calm throughout our year-long planning process. She responded to our countless emails quickly and always answered our questions, making us feel like we were a top priority. Natalia helped coordinate all of our vendors and communicated with them in the days leading up to our wedding, so everyone was on the same page. She went above and beyond what we were expecting and was an absolute pleasure to deal with. The PEM is lucky to have Natalia!

If you decide to book the Peabody Essex Museum, keep in mind you are hiring all vendors on your own. Your payment to the PEM guarantees you the gallery space, tables and chairs but that's about it. You have to choose from a list of 5 or 6 catering companies and you have NO choice about the alcohol vendor (you have to use the Hawthorne Hotel/Catering). This worked out well for us, because we got to pick and choose the vendors we liked and really were able to plan our wedding with our personal style in mind. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We recently had our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum. After struggling to find a venue in Boston (where we live) that wasn't a generic hotel, wasn't hugely overpriced, wasn't too tiny for our big families, and didn't have any other weird deal-breakers, we started to look outside the city and immediately found PEM. We'd visited the museum a few times before and knew how beautiful it was. As soon as we visited to look at it as a potential wedding venue, we knew we'd found our place! It's absolutely gorgeous. Natalia was incredible to work with from start to finish. She was responsive, organized, helpful, positive, and enthusiastic. She always had an answer to my many, many questions! Her staff on the night of the event was wonderful, too. They got every detail right, and we didn't have to think about a thing except enjoying our wedding! I can't recommend PEM more highly!
We recently had our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum. After struggling to find a venue in Boston (where we live) that Read more...
We recently had our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum. After struggling to find a venue in Boston (where we live) that wasn't a generic hotel, wasn't hugely overpriced, wasn't too tiny for our big families, and didn't have any other weird deal-breakers, we started to look outside the city and immediately found PEM. We'd visited the museum a few times before and knew how beautiful it was. As soon as we visited to look at it as a potential wedding venue, we knew we'd found our place! It's absolutely gorgeous. Natalia was incredible to work with from start to finish. She was responsive, organized, helpful, positive, and enthusiastic. She always had an answer to my many, many questions! Her staff on the night of the event was wonderful, too. They got every detail right, and we didn't have to think about a thing except enjoying our wedding! I can't recommend PEM more highly! Read less
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Cara
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the PEM this past May. Our day was perfect in most part because of the PEM and Natalia Laskaris. From the first meeting with Natalia I knew that I wanted to have our reception at the PEM just because she was so nice and easy to work with. Even when we were faced with problems or difficult decisions, Natalia was right there with us, helping us through them. Our guests were so impressed by the space and proffesionalism of the staff. I would definitely recommend the PEM as a wedding venue!
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My husband and I had our wedding reception at the PEM this past May. Our day was perfect in most part because of the PEM and Natalia Laskaris. From the first meeting with Natalia I knew that I wanted to have our reception at the PEM just because she was so nice and easy to work with. Even when we were faced with problems or difficult decisions, Natalia was right there with us, helping us through them. Our guests were so impressed by the space and proffesionalism of the staff. I would definitely recommend the PEM as a wedding venue! Read less
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Lana
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA was on May 12, 2012 and it was the picture perfect evening. Natalia Laskaris, the wedding coordinator at the PEM is top notch. Everything went off without a hitch and was absolutely beautiful. From the first day I met Natalia I knew my wedding day would be perfect. Not only is one of the nicest wedding coordinators I have ever met she is very organized, easy to contact, quick to respond, and has a love for the PEM which makes each function she hosts special. The entire staff at the museum was so accommodating, professional, and nice. Lindsay Ottis at the Hawthorne hotel and her staff, especially Elena and all the bar and wait staff were impeccable. The meal was delivered fast but with personal service that our guest have never encountered at a wedding. Not to mention that the food from the hors d'oeuvres to the entrees were delicious. Coupling the PEM with the Hawthorne Hotel's food and bar service was a winning combination. Natalia and Lindsay work so well together, you are guaranteed a perfect night! Both vendor's staff work seamlessly together to put on a flawless event at the museum. The setting of the East India Marine Hall is so unique and breathtaking. I can not thank everyone enough that had a hand in making our day perfect! I highly recommend the PEM for a unique and memorable wedding!
Our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA was on May 12, 2012 and it was the picture perfect evening. Natalia Read more...
Our wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA was on May 12, 2012 and it was the picture perfect evening. Natalia Laskaris, the wedding coordinator at the PEM is top notch. Everything went off without a hitch and was absolutely beautiful. From the first day I met Natalia I knew my wedding day would be perfect. Not only is one of the nicest wedding coordinators I have ever met she is very organized, easy to contact, quick to respond, and has a love for the PEM which makes each function she hosts special. The entire staff at the museum was so accommodating, professional, and nice. Lindsay Ottis at the Hawthorne hotel and her staff, especially Elena and all the bar and wait staff were impeccable. The meal was delivered fast but with personal service that our guest have never encountered at a wedding. Not to mention that the food from the hors d'oeuvres to the entrees were delicious. Coupling the PEM with the Hawthorne Hotel's food and bar service was a winning combination. Natalia and Lindsay work so well together, you are guaranteed a perfect night! Both vendor's staff work seamlessly together to put on a flawless event at the museum. The setting of the East India Marine Hall is so unique and breathtaking. I can not thank everyone enough that had a hand in making our day perfect! I highly recommend the PEM for a unique and memorable wedding! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Natalia was amazing and the museum was such a beautiful spot. Natalia was able to answer any question we had and help with every last minute issue that popped up. She was wonderful to work with.
Natalia was amazing and the museum was such a beautiful spot. Natalia was able to answer any question we had and help with Read more...
Natalia was amazing and the museum was such a beautiful spot. Natalia was able to answer any question we had and help with every last minute issue that popped up. She was wonderful to work with. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
If have your wedding/reception at the Peabody Essex Museum you will not be disappointed! The place is unique and beautiful and the staff are excellent to work with. I got married in April of 2012 and 8 months later people are still talking about how beautiful the wedding was and what a great time they had.

The museum has a great list of prefered vendors to choose from for music, catering, florists, photographers, etc. It made it much easier to find quality vendors that work well with the venue and fit a variety of price ranges.

Also, the location was great, especially for my out-of-town guests, or guests that just like to party! There are two hotels just a short walk from the museum so we didn't need to provide a shuttle bus to the hotels. Also, there are lots of things to see in and do. My relatives from out of state enjoyed visiting the witch museums and other historic areas, shopping and eating in the Pickering Wharf area, and the Peabody Essex Museum itself. All just a short walk!
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If have your wedding/reception at the Peabody Essex Museum you will not be disappointed! The place is unique and beautiful and the staff are excellent to work with. I got married in April of 2012 and 8 months later people are still talking about how beautiful the wedding was and what a great time they had.

The museum has a great list of prefered vendors to choose from for music, catering, florists, photographers, etc. It made it much easier to find quality vendors that work well with the venue and fit a variety of price ranges.

Also, the location was great, especially for my out-of-town guests, or guests that just like to party! There are two hotels just a short walk from the museum so we didn't need to provide a shuttle bus to the hotels. Also, there are lots of things to see in and do. My relatives from out of state enjoyed visiting the witch museums and other historic areas, shopping and eating in the Pickering Wharf area, and the Peabody Essex Museum itself. All just a short walk! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding this past September at the PEM. I was searching for a unique, elegant, and breathtaking venue. The PEM was everything and more! Our ceremony was in the Atrium, cocktail hour in the Bartlett Gallery, and reception in the East India Marine Hall. All of our guests said that our wedding was THE BEST and would never forget the experience of having dinner and dancing in such a beautiful setting. One of the best parts of my experience with the museum was Natalia Laskaris, she is the best vendor that I encountered. You can tell that she truly loves what she does and is so calm that she can have such a soothing effect on nervous brides and grooms. She is extremely knowledgeable about what the museum can offer and goes out of her way to accommodate every request no matter how big or small. She replied promptly to every call or email and had no problem meeting us in person when he stopped by the museum to scope things out during the planning process. We had a family friend as the Officiant who was not well versed on how the ceremony should flow, however Natalia had no issue with stepping right in and running the rehearsal when her help was needed without ever over stepping her boundaries. She really helped make our wedding the most important night of our lives and I would never dream on changing a thing.
My husband and I had our wedding this past September at the PEM. I was searching for a unique, elegant, and breathtaking Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding this past September at the PEM. I was searching for a unique, elegant, and breathtaking venue. The PEM was everything and more! Our ceremony was in the Atrium, cocktail hour in the Bartlett Gallery, and reception in the East India Marine Hall. All of our guests said that our wedding was THE BEST and would never forget the experience of having dinner and dancing in such a beautiful setting. One of the best parts of my experience with the museum was Natalia Laskaris, she is the best vendor that I encountered. You can tell that she truly loves what she does and is so calm that she can have such a soothing effect on nervous brides and grooms. She is extremely knowledgeable about what the museum can offer and goes out of her way to accommodate every request no matter how big or small. She replied promptly to every call or email and had no problem meeting us in person when he stopped by the museum to scope things out during the planning process. We had a family friend as the Officiant who was not well versed on how the ceremony should flow, however Natalia had no issue with stepping right in and running the rehearsal when her help was needed without ever over stepping her boundaries. She really helped make our wedding the most important night of our lives and I would never dream on changing a thing. Read less
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Maggie
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
I couldn't say enough wonderful things about the Peabody-Essex Museum and Natalia. The museum is such a unique and beautiful location for a wedding. Natalia and her team were fantastic through the planning phase and on the day of. When the location of our ceremony had to be changed several months before the wedding (due to unforseen construction), Natalia bent over backwards to ensure that our new ceremony venue was perfect. My husband and I and our friends and family could not have had a better time! Everyone is still talking about what a wonderful wedding it was! I highly recommend the PEM!
I couldn't say enough wonderful things about the Peabody-Essex Museum and Natalia. The museum is such a unique and Read more...
I couldn't say enough wonderful things about the Peabody-Essex Museum and Natalia. The museum is such a unique and beautiful location for a wedding. Natalia and her team were fantastic through the planning phase and on the day of. When the location of our ceremony had to be changed several months before the wedding (due to unforseen construction), Natalia bent over backwards to ensure that our new ceremony venue was perfect. My husband and I and our friends and family could not have had a better time! Everyone is still talking about what a wonderful wedding it was! I highly recommend the PEM! Read less
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Jo
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
The best place to have your wedding! Natalia was very attentive, professional and pretty much awesome from beginning to end. Only reason our wedding went perfectly was because of Natalia and many thanks to her and the museum.
The best place to have your wedding! Natalia was very attentive, professional and pretty much awesome from beginning to Read more...
The best place to have your wedding! Natalia was very attentive, professional and pretty much awesome from beginning to end. Only reason our wedding went perfectly was because of Natalia and many thanks to her and the museum. Read less
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Ashlee
Wedding:
11/14/2009
5.0/5.0
We had our reception in the Atrium at PEM. It is so beautiful! All of my guests told me how great it was because it is such a different place. If you're not the guilded ballroom type, this is a must see.

Natalia is the BEST to work with. She is calm and kind and truly so easy to deal with. It was a wonderful experience!
We had our reception in the Atrium at PEM. It is so beautiful! All of my guests told me how great it was because it is Read more...
We had our reception in the Atrium at PEM. It is so beautiful! All of my guests told me how great it was because it is such a different place. If you're not the guilded ballroom type, this is a must see.

Natalia is the BEST to work with. She is calm and kind and truly so easy to deal with. It was a wonderful experience! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Natalia was the best. She put us extremely at ease, and was always very responsiveness and helpful. The venue was GORGEOUS.
Natalia was the best. She put us extremely at ease, and was always very responsiveness and helpful. The venue was Read more...
Natalia was the best. She put us extremely at ease, and was always very responsiveness and helpful. The venue was GORGEOUS. Read less
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Ami
Wedding:
3/30/2013
4.9/5.0
My PEM wedding was unforgettable. The venue is perfect - unique but also perfect for a great party. My guests are still telling me, 6 months later, how much they loved the PEM! Natalia and her team are efficient and professional - Natalia herself is just so lovely, calm, and organized. She kept my whole family feeling comfortable and confident - we never doubted her, not once. Besides my groom - the PEM was the best wedding decision I made!
My PEM wedding was unforgettable. The venue is perfect - unique but also perfect for a great party. My guests are still Read more...
My PEM wedding was unforgettable. The venue is perfect - unique but also perfect for a great party. My guests are still telling me, 6 months later, how much they loved the PEM! Natalia and her team are efficient and professional - Natalia herself is just so lovely, calm, and organized. She kept my whole family feeling comfortable and confident - we never doubted her, not once. Besides my groom - the PEM was the best wedding decision I made! Read less
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kristen
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.8/5.0
We had the most fun, beautiful wedding in May at the Museum. We had our cocktail hour in the East India Marine Hall which was spacious and classic and our dinner/dancing in the Atrium. Both settings were beautiful and we were so lucky to have a mix of both. Natalia was awesome to work with. She was super responsive, kind and on top of her A-game. Such a pleasure to work with her. People are still raving about what a beautiful, unique wedding venue it was! It was perfect for our wedding of 225 people and couldn't have imagined a better night or experience!
We had the most fun, beautiful wedding in May at the Museum. We had our cocktail hour in the East India Marine Hall which Read more...
We had the most fun, beautiful wedding in May at the Museum. We had our cocktail hour in the East India Marine Hall which was spacious and classic and our dinner/dancing in the Atrium. Both settings were beautiful and we were so lucky to have a mix of both. Natalia was awesome to work with. She was super responsive, kind and on top of her A-game. Such a pleasure to work with her. People are still raving about what a beautiful, unique wedding venue it was! It was perfect for our wedding of 225 people and couldn't have imagined a better night or experience! Read less
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fcoughlin
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.7/5.0
We loved working with the PEM staff and having our cocktail hour and reception there. Our guests were amazed at how unique and beautiful the venue was for a wedding. They are first and foremost a museum so there were some restrictions and guidelines and they also had an event in the atrium that day so we were not able to have our ceremony in the same location, which was a bummer, but overall it was a great experience. We will be able to visit for many years to come with incredible memories of our amazing party!
We loved working with the PEM staff and having our cocktail hour and reception there. Our guests were amazed at how unique Read more...
We loved working with the PEM staff and having our cocktail hour and reception there. Our guests were amazed at how unique and beautiful the venue was for a wedding. They are first and foremost a museum so there were some restrictions and guidelines and they also had an event in the atrium that day so we were not able to have our ceremony in the same location, which was a bummer, but overall it was a great experience. We will be able to visit for many years to come with incredible memories of our amazing party! Read less
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Ksenia
Wedding:
9/26/2010
4.7/5.0
We had a wonderful experience hosting our wedding, cocktail reception, and dinner reception at the Peabody Essex Museum. Natalia was amazingly helpful to work with, and the space was gorgeous. We received many positive comments from our guests about how much they loved all aspects of our venue choice.

We found Peabody Essex Museum based on a suggestion from a friend, and also from various lists of unusual wedding venues in the Boston area. We were quickly fascinated by this venue which promptly became one of our top two venue choices. After meeting with the wedding coordinator Natalia who gave us a grand tour of the museum and the Phillips Library across the street (where we ended up having our ceremony) we realized that this venue would be perfect for us. All throughout the wedding planning process Natalia was very responsive and helpful. On the day of the wedding everything ran extremely smoothly. Natalia and her staff were amazing at making sure everything was happening without our interference and on-time. We were very impressed at how they were able to deal with the unexpected mishaps. For example, at some point during the set-up of the reception (which we had at the East India Marine Hall) it turned out that the tripod for our photo-booth camera never made it to the museum. After the staff found out that we had no clue where the tripod was they told us not to worry --- sure enough when we
got to the reception hall we saw that the camera was set up on the improvised stand made of boxes covered with a tablecloth! We had a great time at our wedding and heard a lot of guests commenting on how great of a venue we had. It was particularly nice to have the reception and wedding venues across the street from each other. The cocktail hour option is also especially convenient as it works equally well indoors or outdoors depending on the weather, taking the weather stress out of the equation. Our guests also enjoyed getting to walk through some of the museum on the way from the ceremony to the cocktail hour. Our photographers loved the space behind the library for photos prior to the ceremony. The only down-side to the venue is a restricted alcohol vendor and the limited number of catering options, but we had a wonderful experience with Capers Catering for food and they coordinated seamlessly with the museum staff.

If you are looking for an unusual and cool wedding venue in a Boston area, check out Peabody Essex Museum and you might have to look no further.
We had a wonderful experience hosting our wedding, cocktail reception, and dinner reception at the Peabody Essex Museum. Read more...
We had a wonderful experience hosting our wedding, cocktail reception, and dinner reception at the Peabody Essex Museum. Natalia was amazingly helpful to work with, and the space was gorgeous. We received many positive comments from our guests about how much they loved all aspects of our venue choice.

We found Peabody Essex Museum based on a suggestion from a friend, and also from various lists of unusual wedding venues in the Boston area. We were quickly fascinated by this venue which promptly became one of our top two venue choices. After meeting with the wedding coordinator Natalia who gave us a grand tour of the museum and the Phillips Library across the street (where we ended up having our ceremony) we realized that this venue would be perfect for us. All throughout the wedding planning process Natalia was very responsive and helpful. On the day of the wedding everything ran extremely smoothly. Natalia and her staff were amazing at making sure everything was happening without our interference and on-time. We were very impressed at how they were able to deal with the unexpected mishaps. For example, at some point during the set-up of the reception (which we had at the East India Marine Hall) it turned out that the tripod for our photo-booth camera never made it to the museum. After the staff found out that we had no clue where the tripod was they told us not to worry --- sure enough when we
got to the reception hall we saw that the camera was set up on the improvised stand made of boxes covered with a tablecloth! We had a great time at our wedding and heard a lot of guests commenting on how great of a venue we had. It was particularly nice to have the reception and wedding venues across the street from each other. The cocktail hour option is also especially convenient as it works equally well indoors or outdoors depending on the weather, taking the weather stress out of the equation. Our guests also enjoyed getting to walk through some of the museum on the way from the ceremony to the cocktail hour. Our photographers loved the space behind the library for photos prior to the ceremony. The only down-side to the venue is a restricted alcohol vendor and the limited number of catering options, but we had a wonderful experience with Capers Catering for food and they coordinated seamlessly with the museum staff.

If you are looking for an unusual and cool wedding venue in a Boston area, check out Peabody Essex Museum and you might have to look no further. Read less
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abi
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.5/5.0
Everyone at the museum, especially my event coordinator, were wonderful to work with. They were patient and helped to guide me through all the decisions that needed to be made and were sure to make sure I was thinking of all the details I might have otherwise overlooked.
The museum, itself, was beautiful and an amazing space for both the ceremony and the reception. I could not recommend the entire experience enough.
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Everyone at the museum, especially my event coordinator, were wonderful to work with. They were patient and helped to guide me through all the decisions that needed to be made and were sure to make sure I was thinking of all the details I might have otherwise overlooked.
The museum, itself, was beautiful and an amazing space for both the ceremony and the reception. I could not recommend the entire experience enough. Read less
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suzv
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.5/5.0
We had our ceremony at the Phillip's Library. The coordinator we met with was very frank about what we would be getting and gave us all the information we needed when we got there--which was really helpful to make our venue decisions. Whenever I had questions, the coordinator was quick to get back to us and always answered everything we wanted to know. When the day got closer, our coordinator emailed me a few times to make sure we were all set and had everything organized. At the rehearsal, she was nothing but professional, but friendly as well and kept everyone at ease. She called our vendors to confirm information and that they knew how to get there and where to set up what we had asked for. The venue was beautiful and when I went to the rehearsal, I looked around and remembered all the reasons why we chose it as our venue for our ceremony. The library was set up beautifully (it is a functioning research library during the day) as an entrance to the hall. The exhibits and the seating was organized and lovely, while not distracting.
We had our ceremony at the Phillip's Library. The coordinator we met with was very frank about what we would be getting Read more...
We had our ceremony at the Phillip's Library. The coordinator we met with was very frank about what we would be getting and gave us all the information we needed when we got there--which was really helpful to make our venue decisions. Whenever I had questions, the coordinator was quick to get back to us and always answered everything we wanted to know. When the day got closer, our coordinator emailed me a few times to make sure we were all set and had everything organized. At the rehearsal, she was nothing but professional, but friendly as well and kept everyone at ease. She called our vendors to confirm information and that they knew how to get there and where to set up what we had asked for. The venue was beautiful and when I went to the rehearsal, I looked around and remembered all the reasons why we chose it as our venue for our ceremony. The library was set up beautifully (it is a functioning research library during the day) as an entrance to the hall. The exhibits and the seating was organized and lovely, while not distracting. Read less
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CWB
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.5/5.0
We had our ceremony at the Phillip's Library and enjoyed every moment of it!
We had our ceremony at the Phillip's Library and enjoyed every moment of it!
We had our ceremony at the Phillip's Library and enjoyed every moment of it! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/7/2001
4.4/5.0
Excellent and beautiful venue. We got tons of compliments on how elegant our wedding was.
Excellent and beautiful venue. We got tons of compliments on how elegant our wedding was.
Excellent and beautiful venue. We got tons of compliments on how elegant our wedding was. Read less
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Wendy
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.2/5.0
My husband and I chose to get married in the Philips Library on the PEM campus. Nathalia was great about helping us find good spots for photography, along with planning all the other details of our ceremony. There is one picture where I'm starting to walk down the aisle and there's Nathalia, having just fluffed my train, smiling and ducking back behind the doors. She was with me from start to finish, planning all the intricacies that go into a wedding ceremony. It was a truly lovely day and Nathalia, along with the location, played a huge role in that.
My husband and I chose to get married in the Philips Library on the PEM campus. Nathalia was great about helping us find Read more...
My husband and I chose to get married in the Philips Library on the PEM campus. Nathalia was great about helping us find good spots for photography, along with planning all the other details of our ceremony. There is one picture where I'm starting to walk down the aisle and there's Nathalia, having just fluffed my train, smiling and ducking back behind the doors. She was with me from start to finish, planning all the intricacies that go into a wedding ceremony. It was a truly lovely day and Nathalia, along with the location, played a huge role in that. Read less
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