Salem, MA is more commonly known for its witch trials, landmarks and its rich history. It's safe to say not many people venture out of Boston to visit this part of the North Shore, outside the month of October. Since I recently moved to the area, I was so happy to discover this small city has so much more to offer other than ghost tours. Restaurants, museums and craft breweries, Salem has quickly become one of my favorite areas to explore.
After discovering the Peabody Essex Museum and their current Playtime exhibit (via Instagram, of course) I set off on a Sunday afternoon to experience the room filled with pink balloons for myself.
After waiting in line for about 15 minutes, we walked into the room for the allotted 90 seconds. The pure joy of being in a room filled with pink balloons immediately brought me back to childhood. The static, the smiles, the overabundance of happiness, was more than worth the wait.
The Playtime exhibit also features over 40 works by seventeen leading contemporary artists. Don't miss your chance to experience it, as the exhibit is only around until May 6, 2018.
The beautiful glass atrium and cafe courtyard is the perfect spot to "Take a Break" and grab a snack. Don't forget to look up!
Next, we headed towards the "All Flowers For Me" exhibit. This yellow painted room will take your breath away.
A laser-cut cube is suspended from the ceiling and illuminated by a single light bulb. The shadows cast all over the walls, floors and ceilings. Incredible.
Finally, be sure to stop by "XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions". This immersive exhibit contains 10 interactive virtual art pieces using math and physics models. In the dark gallery, you'll quickly notice many of the pieces respond to specific movements, like walking or waving your arms.
Be sure to check out the PEM website before your visit, and if you're a student, don't forget your I.D., as you can receive a discount. While you're in the area, be sure to stop by the Ledger Restaurant & Bar. Not only are the drinks and food amazing, the ambiance inside this 200 year old bank is pretty awesome.