I wanted to visit Salem. We got a late start, so had a micro-visit, hitting only one of the cheesy tourist attractions -- the New England Pirate "Museum". It was fun, but not particularly inspiring. Jumper Girl's roommates recommend the Salem Witch Museum
We spent most of our time in the Peabody Essex Museum, which is really impressive, in terms of architecture, the collections, and how the collections are presented.
Our first exploration was Yin Yu Tang, a rural, early nineteenth-century Chinese house from the village of Huang Cun. The entire two-story house and courtyard was disassembled in China and brought to the US by a partnership between the museum and the Chinese government. Both JG and I enjoyed experiencing the house--how differing styles of housing both reflects and influences society.
Then we went on to the Body Politics--Maori Tattoo Today I found the images and words tremendously moving. (Reviews of the exhibit: Art-Tistics and Needled). I didn't know that the Rastafarian movement had moved to New Zealand. Facial tattoos are part of the The Maori Revival, which in turn is part of the Fourth World Revival. See the PBS video on Ta Moko and this page on moko in history.
Note: Next time I'm visiting the Boston area, I'd take the Boston-Salem ferry to Salem and spend a full day.