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PHOTOS: Treasures from America's Flagship at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Salem, Massachusetts museum's exhibit, 'Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style,' runs through October 9th, and the SS United States plays a starring role.


From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, ocean liners were floating showcases of technology, opulence and social sophistication. As icons of modernity and aspirational living, artists, engineers, architects and passengers all vied for influence and access in the creation and enjoyment of these man-made islands at sea.

Ocean liners were intricately constructed pieces of culture — in the appearance of their design, the elegance of their engineering and the division of their social space — and each with its own distinct personality. Drawing from international institutions and private collections, the exhibition brings together nearly 200 works including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters and film.

You've got eight more weeks left to visit 'Ocean Liners' before it closes up shop! Otherwise, you'll have to wait until February, when it moves to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Talk about a transatlantic voyage!

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