Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll will be at the Peabody Essex Museum tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. for the "Mayor's Night Out" as part of Haunted Happenings and the last week of the museum's special photography exhibit Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge.
Driscoll hopes that the event will serve as a reminder to residents that the oldest continually-running museum in the nation - with the oldest and largest photography collection - offers free admission to Salem residents all year.
"We have planned this evening to give our residents an opportunity to view the Ansel Adams exhibition before it closes, and to encourage our residents to explore all PEM has to offer," Driscoll said in a statement. "We are fortunate to have a world-class museum right in our backyard."
Salem residents who attend the event will receive a free gift from the PEM shop, and an opportunity to take in special docent tours highlighting two permanent collections at the museum. The tours will take place at 6 and 7 p.m.
Residents will also be allowed to park for free at the Museum Place Mall garage, just around the corner from the museum.
Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge has become one of the museum's most popular summer exhibitions on record, featuring over 100 images that explore the iconic American photographer's approach to photographing water in all of its forms.
"It has been PEM's honor to share this exceptional exhibition of photography with the city of Salem and the world," Dan L. Monroe, PEM executive director and CEO said in a statement. "We warmly welcome the Salem community to enjoy Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge in its final days at PEM before the exhibition travels to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, U.K."