PEM/PM: ART & THE ‘80s | THURSDAY, APRIL 16 | 6-9 PM

SALEM, MA — On Thursday, April 16, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is open late for its monthly evening party series, PEM/PM.

This month’s PEM/PM: Art & the '80s invites you to  grab your BFFs and travel back in time. Let your inner Madonna or Boy George come to life with Glam Makeovers by experts from Salem’s Rouge Cosmetics, design Flashdance-inspired sweatshirts and create your own friendship bracelets and ribbon barrettes. Then show off your new look in our photo booth. Further creative activities include a Graffiti Wall -- grab a Sharpie and pen your own tag -- and the chance to build Keith Haring-inspired  action figures.

The Atrium will transform into a dance party as Boston-based DJ Amphibious spins the decade’s greatest hits on vinyl while the Hawthorne Hotel crafts up signature '80s cocktails. PEM/PM also provides visitors the chance to explore all of the museum’s galleries after hours.

Members, Salem residents and Salem State students (with ID) FREE | Nonmembers $10 at the door

Cash bar | Special small plates menu from the Hawthorne Hotel


Lowell Institute


Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery LLC


Boston Spirit and Creative Salem

PEM’s evening parties -- with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations -- kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. Held on the third Thursday of each month, activities have included a celebration of romance in PEM’s Chinese House, dancing with Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and lessons in Indian cooking techniques.

Save every Third Thursday for PEM/PM:

May 21-- Run & PlayGet outside and enjoy an evening of fun and street play. Channel your inner child for a game of foursquare or kickball, build your own fort or join Salem’s Wicked Running Club for its weekly No Rest for the Wicked 5K.

June 18 -- Epic Adventures. The great American road trip still inspires a sense of freedom and exploration. Follow artist Thomas Hart Benton's travels across America with map art, real-life road stories, travel tips and music from back roads and juke joints.


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. HOURS: OpenTuesday-Sunday10 am5 pm and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit