The Visual Culture of Colonial New England, is a four-week-long National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute based in Salem, Massachusetts.  It will be held to from July 10 to August 4, 2006. The institute will examine four main themes: the built environment, the visual culture of the sea, the visual culture of religion and education, and domestic interiors.

Salem is an historic seaside community located approximately 16 miles north of Boston. Salem was one of the most important cities in the colonies and the new nation, from its days as one of the earliest landing sites of the English colonists, to its rise as the first major port in the United States, to its trailblazing efforts in opening up the Caribbean and East Indies trade, to its heyday as a thriving hub of American commerce and the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The city is rich with architectural treasures, fine museums, extensive archives, and a sparkling literary heritage.