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Old Salem Museums and Gardens

Winston-Salem, NC

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 How do we get there? Number: 336 721 7300
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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!

Activity location


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.

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How much does it cost?



From $18, changes across seasons



From $10, changes across seasonsFrom $18, changes across seasons


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3 years


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Old Salem Museums and Gardens FAQ’s

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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

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

Tickets for visiting Old Salem can be purchased on-site only at the Visitors Center, the Horton Center, and Moravian Book & Gift. Tickets give visitors access to all open buildings, including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDAs) Self-Guided Galleries.

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