The addition provides 40,000 GSF to the main Peabody Essex Museum facility, including 18,000 GSF of new Class A gallery space, an innovative multi-use atrium and improved circulation paths for the entire museum, and a lush new garden at grade level.
At PEM we push the envelope and never rest on our laurels. Our expansion project gives us an exciting opportunity to reinvent our museum, creating team-based approaches to inquiry, concepting, interpretation and design.
Occupying the northwest corner of the museum complex where the Asian Garden has previously resided, the new wing with its striking glass and stone façade will adjoin East India Marine Hall to the east, the Asian Export Art Wing to the south, and a new 5,000 SF garden to the west. The wing consists of a three-story, state-of-the-art gallery space connected to the existing museum through a two-story, glass-enclosed atrium. This naturally lit, interior atrium brings the historic Salem street fabric into the museum while providing new space for circulation, respite and events. The west façade of East India Marine Hall—a National Historic Landmark and museum founding structure—is being renovated and given renewed prominence in its location along the Essex Street within the new atrium.
New Galleries, New Atrium & Group entrance, New garden, New loading dock