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.