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Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston Salem

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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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  • During the Moravian Music Festival, my sister and I were rehearsing, making time to shop and eat at THE FLOUR BOX, not once, but twice! On both occasions Both times we ordered that fabulous PARISIAN C...  more »
  • I was visiting in Greensboro so I decided to check out Old Salem. Glad I did. I liked how you weren't forced to buy a ticket. I just wanted to walk around and visit the shops and bakery, and I didn't ...  more »
  • We never tire of the living history Moravian settlement in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Truth never ages, nor does the smell of the smoke rising from Winkler Bakery or the genuine hospitality at the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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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