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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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Description: 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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We didn't get there until about 3 p.m. So late to be able to appreciate. Liked the shops and houses. Good restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Plymouth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We didn't get there until about 3 p.m. So late to be able to appreciate. Liked the shops and houses. Good restaurant.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

If you are here later in the day, just walk thru the area on your own and skip the entrance fee. These are public streets after all and the ticket is needed for admission into the interior of historic exhibits. Its mostly closed by 4:30 or 5:00 anyway. So if you get there at 3:00 in the afternoon just walk... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The food was very good. The beer and wine selection was local, unusual and very good. The historic setting and separate small dining rooms made for a wonderful experience. The baked goods at the Bakery were wonderful as well.

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Brentwood, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great place to learn and understand the history of Winston-Salem and the Germans who founded the Salem community. Make sure you take the tour so you learn all the "little" things about the settlement. If you go it on your own you miss quite a bit!! Great for families and school groups!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There really was not much to see here in Old Salem....especially when compared with Williamsburg, for example.... this pales in comparison. If you are a furniture/ antique connoisseur, the Museum of Decorative Arts might be interesting- but for us there was too much detailed minutiae about every single desk and curio...an hour of lecture for only 10 small rooms of... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Most of the houses and museum were closed because of a holiday but even so this is a fun walk through the past.

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stratford upon avon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We went Easter week end and arrived mid afternoon so I purchased 2 x 2 day tickets as we spent so much time in the visitors center, where you can also buy really nice fudge and popcorn and watch a film, (this will give you a flavour of the living museum) following that we did not have enough time to... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

what a history lesson you get. the historical actors are really full of knowledge.there is a bakery as well as a place to eat right in the settlement. the buildings and grounds are extremly clean and neat. all ages will love the place.ther is also a nice gift shop where they have a short film about the history of the... More 

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North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I was very disappointed with my first visit to Old Salem. Actually went with my 6 year-old's school on a field trip. I can see the interest in this place for adult-history-buff's. Even teens may like it. However, this doesn't change the fact that some staff "actors" were just plain rude! Even to us adults. That is simply inexcusable!!! Especially... More 

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OldSalemInc, Public Relations Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to Old Salem Museums & Gardens. We take great pride in providing an educational and entertaining experience for visitors of all ages, in large part through the talents and knowledge of our historical interpreters. Please feel free to contact us at info@oldsalem.org if there are specific concerns... More 

High Point, North Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Old Salem is a wonderful day trip. Be sure to visit the bakery, pump water at the well and stroll through God's Acre, the cemetary. The shopping is great too! For a delicious lunch enjoy The Tavern, excellent atmosphere and food!

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