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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Birthday George Peabody!

Born in Danvers, MA, on February 18, 1795, George Peabody was a successful merchant and a philanthropist. I can hear you asking, "So what?" Well, the fabulous Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA, gets part of its name from George Peabody. This from the PEM website's "Museum History" page:
In the late 1860s...the Peabody, renamed for its great benefactor, the philanthropist George Peabody, transferred its historical collections to the Essex.

In the early 20th century, the Peabody Academy of Science changed its name to the Peabody Museum of Salem and continued to focus on collecting international art and culture.

Today, the combined Peabody Essex Museum hosts a variety of exhibits and its collection, dating from the time of merchant sailing ships, is outstanding.

Source: PEM website.

Right now you can see "Branching Out: Trees As Art", or, if you really like wood, wait until Saturday when "Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection" opens. You'll see "nearly 100 complex sculptural forms with alluring surfaces and textures...Experience the beauty, sensuality and sculptural qualities of wood."

If you'd like to travel close to home during next week's school vacation, the PEM is only an hour away! Book our PEM pass, or any of our other passes, here.

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