August 27, 2019   |   By Merrill Allen

RELEASE: Newport Art Museum to Host Art Excursion to Peabody Essex Museum


Merrill Allen
Director of Marketing
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-7999


Newport Art Museum to Host Art Excursion to Peabody Essex Museum

Sunday, October 20, 2019

(Newport, RI – August 27, 2019) – The Newport Art Museum will host a Museum Art Excursion to Salem, MA on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Guests will depart the Newport Art Museum on a coach bus at 8 am to visit the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) as well as The House of the Seven Gables, and return at approximately 7 pm. Tickets are $150, or $130 for Newport Art Museum members, and include transportation, entry to the museums, and a catered box lunch. Space is limited, and guests should purchase tickets at

Founded in 1799, PEM is the nation’s oldest continuously operating museum, and among the first museums in America to collect works of art and culture from around the world. Its collections of contemporary and historic American, Asian, Maritime, Oceanic, Native American, and African art and culture, as well as its archival library and historic American and Chinese houses, are among the finest of their kind.

After enjoying a delicious catered box lunch at PEM, group participants can choose to wander the galleries self-guided, or join a guided tour of the special exhibition “Order of the Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker.” This exhibition is the first to present a comprehensive overview of Parker’s extensive 40-year career, and features more than 100 intricately composed works that reflect the artist’s wide creative range and unflagging curiosity.

After leaving PEM, the group will head to Salem Harbor for a guided tour of The House of the Seven Gables, built by merchant and ship-owner John Turner in 1668. One of America’s most beloved historic homes, The House of the Seven Gables is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel. Guests will enjoy a self-guided visit of the other historic properties and gardens on their campus, including Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace.

Tickets for the Museum Art Excursion are available at

About the Newport Art Museum

Founded in 1912, The Newport Art Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating and most highly regarded art museums and schools of its kind in the country. The Art Museum offers a provocative diversity of creative voices in its historic Newport setting. Visitors can expect treasures from its permanent collection featuring American art from the late 19th century to the present, as well as programmed exhibitions of contemporary art. Dedicated Museum docents are available to offer guided tours of the campus and educate visitors on the architecture, artwork and history of the Museum. Artist Talks, film screenings, lectures and musical performances are scheduled throughout the year.

The Museum operates on a three-building campus, the main building being National Historic landmark, the John N.A. Griswold House. It was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, completed in 1864 and remains the premier example of American “Stick-Style” architecture. Richard Morris Hunt went on to design Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and other landmarks in Newport and New York, including the base for the Statue of Liberty. Adjacent to the Griswold House is the Cushing Building, built in 1919, featuring two rotating galleries as well as the Cushing Memorial Gallery dedicated to the artist Howard Gardiner Cushing. Completing the three-building campus is the Art Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which offers year-round art classes, camps and workshops, incorporates the Museum’s collection into its curriculum and focuses on art fundamentals as well as design, digital studies and continuing education for artists of all ages and interests. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm, and from 10 am to 8 pm every second Thursday of the month for the Art After Dark programming. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at Phone: (401) 848-8200.

Newport Art Museum Art Excursion to Salem, MA
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Trip Itinerary:
8 am:  Depart from the Newport Art Museum on a coach bus
11 am:  Docent led Tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Permanent Collection Highlights
12 pm: Catered box lunch at PEM
12:45 pm:  Docent led Tour of “Order of the Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker” or self-guided visit to PEM galleries
2:30 pm:  Docent led Tour of The House of the Seven Gables, followed by self-guided walking tour of the gardens and campus
4:30 pm:  Depart The House of the Seven Gables
7 pm:  Approximate arrival back at the Newport Art Museum