Old Salem Museums and Gardens Winston-Salem

Where is it at?

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Old Salem Museums and Gardens
600 S Main St
Tel: 336 721 7300


Old Salem is located south of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Brown highway signs from US Highway 52 and Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem will help you to find Old Salem from the Stadium Drive exit.

Where are we going today?

It's time we head back to the days of Salem that you only read in books! Historic Salem is waiting at the Old Salem Museum and Gardens, and the perfect way for kids to see history come to life right in front of their very eyes!

Old Salem Museums and Gardens offer historical exploration perfect for families through their two museums and award winning restoration landscapes.

Old Salem comprises the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, specializing in settler art, and the restored Historic Town Of Salem. The latter offers an immersive insight into the past where every building is traditionally occupied with authentic period cooking, gardening, construction and crafts taking place for your observation.

On any day, you will be able to see first hand the trades that would have been performed right where you are standing...many, many years ago (about 200 to be exact!)

Workers and craftsman will re-create puppet shows, crafts, and every day life. We bet it's quite different to the lives that you know today!

As well as the acres of reclaimed and restored landscapes and buildings that can be found in the Historic Town of Salem, there are also exhibits of art that can tell you more about the fascinating history.

Old Salem is great for kids because there are some hands-on activities perfect for them. They can also participate in the old school where they can take a deportment lesson, use a quill pen and enjoy role play settings, plus take a tour of the St. Philips Heritage Centre.

History really does come to life at Old Salem Museum and Gardens, and they want YOU to be a part of it's future!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$23 all in one ticket
  • Children$11 all in one ticket (Ages 6 to 16)
  • Free Under: 5 years

When can we go?

Internal elements vary, partial to full access between 9am and 5pm.

Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, and Christmas Eve

Teachers corner

There are two types of tours that meet curriculum needs. Give them a call to explore your options! It's a great way to learn history! .

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places locally to pick up refreshments to keep those tummies from rumbling!.

Healthy Eating!

It's always a good idea to carry bottled water with you to stay hydrated .

Any Top Tips?

They also run regular special events days which are announced in the approach. Make sure you check ahead in case you don't want to miss out! .

Doing our bit

The museum have restored the buildings to look after the town's history, and they have re-created the events so they are historically accurate. They are dedicated to teaching all who visit about this amazing history! .

Need a little extra help?

Most of the sites are wheelchair accessible. There are uneven areas to be careful about. When you arrive, ask to see their accessibility guide .

Can I get one of those?

On site and online store available selling souvenirs and historical memorabilia..

More information

Check the opening times because different sections have varying times. You don't need to purchase admission for the visitor center. .

What people are saying?

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    Awesome ambience with plenty of history. I feel like I'm in a different country when I explore Old Salem. It's a very nice gem in the middle of the city.

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    A well-preserved historic piece of town. Part of it is public space for anybody to stroll through. Part of it is open only to ticketed guests, who can see reenactments and educational pieces. It reminded me of a theme park in the way that it captured an atmosphere so perfectly that it almost felt surreal. It's clean and inviting and just a fun place to be.

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    Had a great time.....Thought it was expensive though.

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    Love this place! Feels like you have stepped back in time. Definitely visit the bakery!

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    I love to visit this place. Especially during the holidays!

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