It’s Alive! Part III (Salem, MA)


Date Of Visit: October 8, 2017

Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00.  Closed Monday


Adults $20, seniors (65 and over) $18, students (with ID) $12, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free*. (*Does not apply to youth in student/tour groups.) For late nights, $12 after 5 pm.

*events and some exhibits may be have a separate fee*

Parking: there are several parking garages in Salem ($20 to park the entire day this time of the year),  The best one to park at for this exhibit is the Museum Place Mall parking garage on Church St as it is directly across from the Essex St entrance of the mall.  You may also find limited street parking if you’re lucky for .75 an hour, 4 hour max.

Dog Friendly: No

Website: Peabody Essex Museum

Highlights: collection of movie posters and memorabilia from vintage sci-fi and horror films, videos and music of Kirk Hammett and Metallica


  • The entrance is on Essex St (not Charter St)
  • You can view the impressive Yin Yu display at the museum for an extra $6 a person charge.  It is worth the extra fee (and you will see why soon)
  • This exhibit is running until Nov. 26, 2017

Welcome to the third, and final, installment of my photos and observations from the It’s Alive! horror and sc-fi movie collection exhibit.

In case you missed it, you can find part I here and part II here.

Welcome back to my photo blog of the It’s Alive! monster movie memorabilia collection.

AS I mentioned in the previous posts, there is so much more than just posters at this exhibit.

One of the more nostalgic parts of the exhibit are the toys, figures and books.  While I never had any of these specific toys or memorabilia growing up, I had similar toys and memorabilia.  I had to stop myself from playing with them.

This toy figure is a must for any fish tank.


A replica of what many of the television rooms of that day where millions of families congregated to watch the movie of the week, the late late show or the aforementioned “Creature Double Feature” is set up at the exhibit.


There are also masks from classic movie monsters.

This mask is the mask Lon Chaney wore in the film Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).  The mask was made by Bud Westmore.  It is made out of plaster with hair, glass, paint, sheltac and clay.

This mask is a gill-man prop head from Revenge Of The Creature (1955).  It was also created by Bud Westmore.  It is made from latex, rubber, paint, metal and glass.  A hose was connected to the mask which supplied air to the actor’s mouth and another hose was connected to the gills to make them look as though they were opening and closing.  Westmore was also credited with creating the design of the monster in The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

One of the coolest parts of the exhibit is the do-it-yourself monster movie poster machine


Last but certainly not least, there is a collection of Kirk Hammett’s guitars and guitar cases, particularly the cases that are designed in the horror motif.

Videos of Kirk being interviewed and playing the guitar are shown on a loop by his display of guitars.  There are also quotes of his that are posted throughout the exhibit.


At the end of the exhibit, near the exit, there is a book visitors can sign, leave feedback and add their own art work!

Dogs aren’t the only four legged cuties in Salem during my visit.  Wiggy (The Piggy) is a 1.5 year old Juliana pig.  He was very friendly and he even gave his guardian kisses.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of the It’s Alive!  exhibit!  Below are some videos of the video clips they show on the walls of the exhibit and one of the figurines on display.

About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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