I <3 PEM

I started my afternoon with a stroll around Salem Commons.

Then I headed over to the PEM (Peabody Essex Museum). Every time I visit PEM, it reminds me of what I love about museums.

Amazing exhibits, room to move around and take a gander at everything. And the unrushedness. Two hours there feels so relaxing.

Yesterday, I went to see the Yin Yu Tang house, the two-hundred-year old Chinese house (Huang family home) brought from Anhui province to be rebuilt at the museum. AMAZING. A must see.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures, but I’d call it the highlight of this trip.

The self-guided-audio tour rocked. Just the right amount of info and the freedom to chose what you heard about. LOVED IT.

I browsed around the museum and fell in love with this punch bowl. Image the parties it saw!

I also headed up to the visiting special exhibit on Flemish Masterpieces.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Flemish art. On first glance, I find it dark and uninspiring. But I figured I paid to see it, might at well gander away.

The one thing that struck me was the skill level. The ability to make a painting appear three-dimensional. More like a photograph come alive than a painting. Truly stunning.

I never grasped how talented these artists were.

But now I do.

That’s what I love about museums. I always leave the exhibits better for having seen them.

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2 Responses to I <3 PEM

  1. Cynthia says:

    I like your Salem pics, Kourtney. I came here many years ago when I was visiting Boston and I didn’t really know where to go at the time. I ended up visiting some witch-themed museums. I hope you’re enjoying your visit.

    You can get a lot of story ideas from all the history in this town.

    • Thanks Cynthia! They’re from my cell phone. 🙂 This is my third trip to Salem so I’ve done the Witch museums, the House of Seven Gables, The Corwin House, etc. I try to do something different each time I go up there. The place is brimming with history and so many concepts popped into my head walking around. 🙂

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