Old Salem Museums & Gardens

600 S. Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101- Map It
(336) 721-7300

AAA Editor Notes

Old Salem Museums & Gardens, on Old Salem Rd. near downtown Winston-Salem, is a living-history re-creation of the Moravian church town of Salem that was founded in 1766. More than 100 buildings erected over the next century are restored or have been reconstructed on their original sites. Family gardens and orchards have been replanted, and streets and lighting have been modified to suggest an 18th-century atmosphere. Several buildings are private residences, including the half-timbered Fourth House; built in 1768, it is thought to be the oldest house in Old Salem. Twelve of the more than 90 restored buildings can be visited. Costumed interpreters throughout town demonstrate historic trades and domestic activities. The complex also is home to Salem College, a women's liberal arts school. Self-guiding tours begin with a brief orientation program at the Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Rd. Attraction tickets can be purchased at the center, which contains exhibits detailing the history and lifestyle of the Moravian people. One noteworthy item is the restored Tannenberg Organ, made at the turn of the 19th century by David Tannenberg, a Moravian immigrant and organ builder. The Frank L. Horton Museum Center houses the Anne P. and Thomas A. Gray Library and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and MESDA Research Center. Food is available.
Two-stop ticket (to any two museums) $18; $9 (ages 6-16); free (undergraduate college students with ID). All-in-one ticket (valid for two consecutive days) Tues.-Sat. $27; $13 (ages 6-16), Sun. $22; $11 (ages 6-16); free (undergraduate college students with ID). Guided tour of the study galleries at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts $40 (two hours); $20 (one hour). Reservations are recommended for the Anne P. and Thomas A. Gray Library, MESDA Research Center (desk space is limited) and MESDA tours.
Hours: Historic area Tues.-Sat. 9:30-4:30, Sun. 1-4:30. Visitor center Tues.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12:30-5. Shops Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5 (Moravian Book & Gift Shop and Winkler Bakery also open Mon. 10-5). Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.