Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has put together one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of horror and sci-fi art. It’s Alive features more than 100 pieces including posters, toys, guitars, masks, and sculptures, many hailing back to the days of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Not only do these objects explore the power of graphic art in its own right, they have inspired Hammett’s work throughout his own artistic career.

Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

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Your ticket includes admission to all CMA galleries

Admission to It's Alive! also includes admission to all other CMA galleries. We encourage you to explore the Cross Hatch, an interactive space for all ages, right next to the exhibition, as well as other exhibitions and the CMA collection.

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Tickets will not be sent via email or mail; your name will be added to the day’s will-call list. You will receive an email receipt for your tickets for your records.

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When you click the link to buy tickets, you will automatically be taken to February 15. If you’d like to choose another day to visit, click on “Other dates…” just below the date shown. A calendar will appear to help you choose a new date.

Return and exchange policy

Advance tickets can be returned or exchanged any time on or before the date for which they have been purchased.

Some dates are not available for advance tickets

The CMA galleries are closed on Mondays and major holidays, so you will not have the option to purchase tickets for those times. You may also notice that the first Thursday of each month is unavailable. The CMA galleries are open and free for First Thursdays on Main from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Advance tickets are not available for these days. The galleries will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance tickets are not time-restricted

You can use your ticket at any time during our open hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on the day you’ve selected. Same day re-entry is allowed with your admission.

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The Kirk Hammett Guitar Experience

Get your shredding skills on in the guitar experience as part of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Rock out on one of two limited edition ESP guitars customized with art selected personally by Hammett. 

This multimedia, multisensory experience includes flashing lights and may be overwhelming to guests with sensory sensitivities and other medical conditions.

$5 to play.
Tickets available at the CMA Welcome Desk.
Presented by Live Nation.

Photo courtesy of Brett Murray Photography.

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.

Multimedia TAP Tour

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