Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA

Located on the historic Salem waterfront, the Peabody Essex Museum houses a world-renowned art collection in several mansions surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. The museum was founded in 1799 and is the country’s oldest operating museum.

VHB assisted with the 70,000-square-foot expansion of its existing exhibition facilities. This expansion accommodates additional galleries, an orientation atrium, public program space, an interior pedestrian walkway, a new landscaped plaza for pedestrian orientation and linkage with Derby Street and the Salem waterfront, expanded exterior landscape and garden area, and exhibit support space.

Aerial view of Peabody Essex Museum at night. Sun-filled glass-roofed interior of atrium at Peabody Essex Museum. Glass-enclosed arched entrance to Peabody Essex Museum.


  • Peabody Essex Museum


  • Permitting: federal, state, local

  • Site/Civil Engineering

  • Transportation Planning & Engineering