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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
+1 888-653-7253
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Beautiful time at Christmas

Walk thru the town of Salem and learn how it came to be. Learn who the Moravians are and where they... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
Definitely worth the trip

We've been to colonial Williamsburg, & this is similar to that & certainly holds its own. Takes on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Huntersville, North Carolina
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One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the Historic Town of Salem, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), along with award-winning heirloom gardens, engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
+1 888-653-7253
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walk thru the town of Salem and learn how it came to be. Learn who the Moravians are and where they came from. It was interesting to see the emphasis on education and religion even in the 1700. The Single Brothers House fascinating to see...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to colonial Williamsburg, & this is similar to that & certainly holds its own. Takes on an extra level of character now at Christmastime. We only had half an afternoon to spend here, so we opted not to buy the tickets, but still...More

Thank saibot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Feel good surroundings. Good for children and adult. Good indoors and out. Most employees friendly and able to answer questions. Docents at the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts a little frosty.

Thank Btiger2
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not interested in furniture or pottery but this was a fascinating museum with a lot of history. Plan on sending a half day and having lunch at the Tavern, go to this museum and all the other restored buildings. Each one has knowledgeable goddess...More

Thank Mrsoftbretzel
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Old Salem is one of my favorite spots to soak up some history as I walk around the streets with friends or by myself at multiple times during the year. There are many activities that take place including free concerts in the town square during...More

Thank byron s
Reviewed 2 December 2017

A very well maintained museum and gardens ... gives you a good perspective of the life of the people who settled and formed Old Salem in the 1700s ... been there a lot of times always see something new you should take a whole day...More

Thank Danehy C
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Absolutely one of the best treasure troves of NC history. My family and I love visiting Old Salem! No matter how many times we visit, it never gets old (no pun intended). Seems like we always discover something new. During this most recent visit we...More

Thank TravelingAngelaDawn
Reviewed 28 November 2017

I love visiting Old Salem!!!! Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall are all the perfect time to visit! The buildings, activities, costumes and tours are so authentic it is like stepping back to the colonial days! There are activities for all ages at a reasonable price....More

Thank JOZ344
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

We had the best time walking through the streets of Old Salem. We opted not to purchase the pass to visit the exhibits this time. We were looking to just spend the day walking outside and visiting the bakery and shops. If we had the...More

Thank ohiochic1998
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

So authentic! Yes, some buildings have been re-built but most are original, staffed by knowledgeble people whom with I had lively conversations. They are dressed in clothes of the era, as well. My partner & I had a marvelous lunch @ the tea room. I...More

Thank Vicki R
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9 January 2018|
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Response from Thomas W | Reviewed this property |
I asked the gunsmith "how much for a flintlock rifle" and while I don't remember the exact amounts it was a lot. Around $2-3 thousand for a partial hand made rifle, essentially most metal parts (barrel, trigger assembly... More
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13 December 2017|
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They do, just call for arrangements, dress for the cold weather.
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Response from OldSalemInc | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a living history museum with original buildings on their original sites. Old Salem’s restored area is about 7 blocks long and 3 blocks wide. Brick and stone... More