The Peabody Essex Museum was formed in 1992 as part of the merger between two fine institutions based in Salem, Massachusetts: the Peabody Museum of Salem and the Essex Institute. Since that time, the Peabody Essex Museum has seen a major addition (designed by Moshe Safdie) and experienced a resurgence of interest in its diverse collections, which encompass maritime items, works on paper, and scrimshaw, among other objects. This section of the museum's website gives visitors the ability to learn about exhibitions and programs via a clutch of rather fine lectures and talks. All told, there are over 55 videos here, and visitors can scan through them at their leisure. First-time visitors should start by watching Moshe Safdie talk about his work, and then move on check out some other great conversations with people such as Iris Apfel and artist Ron Labbe.
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