Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300.

For Days and Hours of Operation, visit: http://www.oldsalem.org/visit/hours-of-operation/

Old Salem is also the site of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) which contains the finest collection of its kind in the nation, featuring architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, needlework, paintings, prints and other decorative arts made & used by the early settlers of the American South.

Like MESDA's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MuseumofEarlySouthernDecorativeArts

Like the Gardens of Salem Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OldSalemGardens

Like the New Benefactors Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NewBenefactorsOfOldSalem
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  • October 4, 2017
    I give it a 5 because I love early American history but almost anyone should find Old Salem interesting. It's a beautiful area with plenty of places to visit and learn from costumed employees. It's to...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    I grew up in Winston-Salem and as a child, we went to Old Salem every year on school trips. Going back now 45 years later, it still has the wow factor and charm that it did back then. It takes you bac...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Interesting history, informative guides in each house and active crafts taking place such as pottery and sampler making. Pity that the old world atmosphere and photo opportunities were completely spoi...  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    Went here is November 2007 and June 2016 and each time had an awesome time and took pictures. Had to travel from Cary but well worth the drive and a good restful way to spend the afternoon. They give a AAA discount if I remember correctly. Staff are very friendly and hospitable. I will definitely visit here in future with my parents.
  • June 16, 2017
    This park has been maintained very well. Old Salem Park & Museum host events regularly during warmer months. Guests are free to walk through the park/village, as well. If you're in the area and enjoy history, check this place out. There is a similar park (although smaller, less developed, but just as quaint) called Bethabra Park.
  • July 8, 2017
    Quite an amazing place. Easily spend a whole day or two exploring all there is to see and learn here. The stories of the Moravian Christians was something I never learned in any history class. Also, don't miss lunch or dinner at the Tavern...the food is truly outstanding
  • March 6, 2017
    I'm not normally a history dork, but man I was impressed. A little pricey but really, really worth it. Without the ticket you can walk around but not enter any of the buildings which is completely the point. The employees are not volunteers (though some are) and they do not sit on their phone until someone comes in the room. They are actively communicating and keeping busy. We walked into one kitchen and she was actually reading the original recipe with ingredients were sitting by the fire. Then another man played the piano for us and you could tell it wasn't the same song over and over for people; he actually shuffled through his papers to choose the one he liked most. Its also amazing to know that if a window or decorative item breaks they take it over to another building to use the original technique to fix, and also a demonstration. I don't say this very often, but I really cant wait to come back!
  • May 7, 2017
    Where is the Old Salem that I visited as a child??? Not here!!! Nothing to do and only one place to eat! It was Mutts on The Meadow day and thank God for the town pump... The nostalgia is gone and I was so excited for my children to be able to experience my childhood memories and instead we were excited to leave! So Sad!

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