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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone Number: 888-653-7253
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One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the...

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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Wonderful piece of History

Old Salem is so interesting. There are so many old buildings, cobblestone streets, shops that are run similar to the original stores. There is a restaurant and a bakery as well as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Winston Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old Salem is so interesting. There are so many old buildings, cobblestone streets, shops that are run similar to the original stores. There is a restaurant and a bakery as well as a magnificent old graveyard. They are affiliated with Salem Academy and Salem College so there is activity all of the time and they have a wonderful venue for... More 

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north carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a nice place just to relax, visit the shops and enjoy the area. There are benches to sit down to watch the people go by. The shops are interesting. There is a restaurant.

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Eden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A group from church visited during the holidays. The highlight of the trip was the African American church and historical museum. We had kids and they loved the stories shared by the exhibits. They had live music in the street and Carolers inside the visitors center. The kids loved trying the breads and cookies.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent a wonderful afternoon in Old Salem recently. It was fascinating to see how the Moravians lived in the 18th century. Because the crowds were on the small side, we were able to spend time talking with the cabinet maker and tailor docents. These men had a thorough grasp of Old Salem history and culture, as well as how... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first trip to Old Salem, and we were very impressed. The historic district is relatively small but has multiple sites open (by paid admission ticket), all of which were unique and interesting in their own right. The period-costumed staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and happy to answer questions. I would recommend the all in one ticket,... More 

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Myrtle Beach, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place to visit to get a good taste of one of the 1st Moravian settlements in the state of North Carolina, we live local and make at least 3 trips a year in the different seasons

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Salem Museums and Gardens does an amazing job of giving visitors a taste of life in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Docents dressed in authentic costumes explain how Moravians lived during that time, and at the Winkler Bakery you can purchase scrumptious treats. What is even more interesting is the contrast between old and new, with the Winston Salem... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Regrettably we visited Old Salem on a very rainy and cold day in January and not all the shops were open. In fact both restaurants were closed. However, the few shops including the bakery that were open were very nice and offered nice things. We truly enjoyed the bookstore which was downstairs in one of the sops. Great selection of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifully restored and maintained buildings and grounds. Nice shops with authentic items. Very interesting as some of the buildings were private residences. Very nice colonial kitchen gardens in back of homes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to spend a day. Easy to visit on your own, but a tour gives you great historical information. Old Salem is very interesting and very well preserved. Make sure you have lunch at the Tavern at Old Salem on Main Street. Great food and a great price. Also visit the Old Salem Bakery on Main Street for... More 

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