George Peabody House Museum & Peabody Leather Workers Museum - Peabody Visitor Center

photo of George Peabody Visitor Center
205 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960

The George Peabody Birthplace & Library celebrates the life of the well-known international merchant, financier, and benefactor of numerous philanthropies, both in the United States and in England. The Museum is dedicated to preserving George Peabody's history and his legacy of community interest. The George Peabody Birthplace & Library also officially serves as a community cultural center maintained by the City of Peabody. Adjacent to the George Peabody House Museum, The Peabody Leatherworkers Museum commemorates Peabody's history as the "Leather Capital of the World." The Museum's exhibits feature leatherworking machinery and tools, photographs, and other artifacts that document the three hundred year history of tanning in Peabody.

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There is no charge for tours of the Society's properties and use of the library and archives, though donations are greatly appreciated. Lectures and performances are free for members, and a minimal fee is charged for non-members. Community events are free to the public. To schedule a tour or make an appointment outside of regular museum hours, please call 978-531-0805.

Driving Directions: 

Rte. 128 to exit 28 for Centennial Drive, Peabody. Turn left onto Centennial Drive and then right onto Summit St. Follow to light and turn left onto Washington St.. Follow for 2.5 miles to George Peabody House Museum on left. 205 Washington St.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

The George Peabody House is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about the history of the Peabody vicinity, it also provides general information about the Essex National Heritage Area.


  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking
  • Restroom


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  • Industrial Theme Trail
  • Museums
  • Visitor Centers

Property Owner/Organization: 

City of Peabody