Old School Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum was once just this granite structure you see in the center of the old postcard. It was once just the Peabody Museum until it merged with the Essex Institute just down the street.

Upstairs is the East India Marine Hall, once a gigantic meeting hall for sea captains of the 18th and 19th century. There are still relics on the walls of items the captains brought back to Salem from their voyages around the world.

East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, antique, postcard
Postcard: Larry Bograd
It's difficult to date this old photo as there is no postmark or date on the backside. I would guess it's early 1900's? It looks as though there are still cobble stones on the street.

East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, present day
Photos: Doug Peabody
Today the old hall remains with two additions to the left and a Japanese tea garden on the right. Soon there will be another addition where the Japanese tea garden is.

East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, interior
East India Marine Hall - Interior

As a child I attended many school field trips to this museum. As an adult and resident of Salem I return frequently to revisit those fascinating items and wonder of the adventures of those sea captains.
East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, night, shot, night shot

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