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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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Meh, Not For $22 On A Sunday

Thought this sounded like an interesting thing to do while visiting on a Sunday recently. The town... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Denver, Colorado
Take a trip back in time

I had never heard of Old Salem, but I had been to Williamsburg, VA. This is similar but smaller... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve M
Bemus Point, New York
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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%
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900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
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Reviewed yesterday

Thought this sounded like an interesting thing to do while visiting on a Sunday recently. The town layout and buildings were interesting to look at and it was interesting to see people dressed in time accurate clothing doing their thing but we couldn't justify the...More

Thank Legamania
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never heard of Old Salem, but I had been to Williamsburg, VA. This is similar but smaller. I can't believe how much I learned (because I knew so little). The history of the area and the Moravians was wonderful. Seeing the actual gardens,...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do for locals. It is well kept and provides interesting history of this area. My kids have enjoyed going here and seeing the old building, especially the bakery. The candle tea during Christmas adds to the Old Salem experience.

Thank shorkw4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My twin girls went here on a field trip and had a good time learning about the way the people lived and worked at Old Salem. Their favorite part was the Old Salem Bakery of course with all the cookies and Moravian sugar cake. They...More

Thank creativeduo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having recently been to Williamsburg (VA) this made a good comparison. Salem is much smaller and therefore doable in 2-3 hours. Loved the historical trades with knowledgeable “actors” like potter, gunsmith, silversmith and other helpful guides describing historical buildings. Again these were small exhibits and...More

Thank tarheeltraveler367
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by one of the gift shops to get a Moravian Star and decided to have a look around the area. Glad we did. Nice place. Very interesting. Well worth a few hours of your time. The history is amazing to learn. Check out the...More

Thank Mr_Objectivity
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit enough to purchase a membership to come back again. The docents were knowledgeable and the buildings were beautiful.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I did an evening tour. Be careful of the rough cobbled brick, but we had a lot of fun, esp. on the carriage ride.

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect from our visit to Old Salem Museums & Gardens but it was surprisingly nice. The collection of buildings are really cool and it was quite interesting to learn about the Moravians (about whom we previously knew zip). Shops are...More

Thank denver60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the combination of self-guided walking through this historic village, along with the chance to walk into workshops and inns and have historic impersonators provide demonstrations and background on the Moravian settlement. I was left wanting to learn more.

Thank coastliveoak
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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
Cathy W
13 December 2017|
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Response from iammorgansdad | Reviewed this property |
They do, just call for arrangements, dress for the cold weather.
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9 May 2017|
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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