Peabody Museum of Salem
Peabody Museum of Salem
View of East India Marine Hall exterior, 2013
|Location||Essex St., Salem, Massachusetts|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||66000783|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||December 21, 1965|
The Peabody Museum of Salem (1915-1992), formerly the Peabody Academy of Science (1865-1915), was a museum and antiquarian society based in Salem, Massachusetts. The academy was organized in part as a successor to the East India Marine Society (founded 1799), which had become moribund but held a large collection of maritime materials in a museum collection at the East India Marine Hall, built in 1825 on Essex Street. The Peabody Museum was merged with the Essex Institute to form the Peabody Essex Museum in 1992. The East India Marine Hall, now embedded within the latter's modern structure, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965 in recognition of this heritage, which represents the nation's oldest continuously-operating museum collection.
The Peabody Academy of Science (1868-1915), successor to the East India Marine Society, "was organized in 1868, having received funds ... from George Peabody of London ... for the 'promotion of science and useful knowledge in the county of Essex.'" It was incorporated by "Asa Gray, of Cambridge, William C. Endicott, of Salem, George Peabody Russell, of Salem, Othniel C. Marsh, of New Haven, ... Henry Wheatland, of Salem, Abner C. Goodell, junior, of Salem, James R. Nichols, of Haverhill, ... Henry C. Perkins, of Newburyport, and S. Endicott Peabody.
The academy maintained a museum that displayed animals, fossils, minerals, and plants, as well as ethnological artifacts such as weapons, costume, tools, statuary, and musical instruments. In 1915 the Academy changed its name to the "Peabody Museum of Salem."
As of 1949 the museum organized its holdings into three departments: ethnology, maritime history, and natural history. The museum's ethnology division included specimens from Hawaii, Japan, Marquesas Islands, and New Zealand.
East India Marine Hall
The East India Marine Hall was built in 1824-25 for the East India Marine Society to house its collection. Design of the building has most recently been ascribed to Thomas Waldron Sumner. It stands on the south side of Essex Street, and is now integrated into the body of the Peabody Essex Museum. As built, it was a two-story structure, faced in granite on the front (Essex Street facade), and brick on the sides, measuring about 45 by 100 feet (14 m × 30 m). The main facade has been preserved; it has six rectangular bays on the main floor, and seven tall round-arch windows on the second level. The gable pediment is fully enclosed, with an round window in the tympanum.
The interior of the building has been repeatedly altered over the years, losing a significant amount of original detail in the process. The first floor, which was originally occupied by retail businesses, was adapted as a museum space in 1867-69, following its acquisition by the Peabody Academy of Science. As part of this alteration, entrances on the main facade were closed off, and new entrances were added to the east and west. The first floor has since been completely integrated into the newer facilities built by the Peabody Essex Museum in the 2000s. The upper level of the hall, designed as a ballroom and auditorium space, has always been retained as a large open gallery, but lost a significant amount of historic fabric in the 1860s alterations.
The hall was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, in recognition for its unique place as one of the oldest continuously-used museum spaces in the United States.
- American Neptune, a journal published by the museum
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Peabody Museum half hulls built between 1809-1870 of Salem ships
Issued by the museum
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- Memoirs of the Peabody Academy of Science, Salem, Mass., 1869–1886
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- One Hundredth Anniversary of the Building of 'Cleopatra's Barge' 1816-1916: Catalog of the commemorative exhibition held at the Peabody Museum ... July 17-September 30, 1916. Peabody Museum of Salem. 1916.
- Hawaiian Portion of the Polynesian Collections. 1920.
- John Robinson (1921), Marine Room, OCLC 1147254
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- Handbook to the Collections of the Peabody Museum of Salem. 1949.
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About the museum
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Peabody Academy of Science, Salem, Mass.
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- Norman R. Bennett, George E. Brooks, Alan R. Booth. Materials for African History in the Peabody Museum and Essex Institute. African Studies Bulletin, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Oct., 1962), pp. 13-22
- Ernest S. Dodge (1972). "William Lockerby Manuscript in the Peabody Museum of Salem". Journal of Pacific History 7. JSTOR 25168102.
Fijian sandalwood trader
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