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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
888-653-7253
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the Historic Town of Salem, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bedford, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did not know about Old Salem and was very surprised at how quaint the town was. It reminded me of Williamsburg. The day was excellent and we enjoyed the walk down the old cobblestone sidewalks and seeing the gardens, and watching the making of shoes, pottery etc. I was so amazed at how they are training the young people... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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154 reviews 154 reviews
42 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our family group of seven (ages 6 to 72) visited Old Salem and everyone had an absolutely wonderful time. Overall, we highly recommend a visit to this wonderful, old Moravian village in the midst of Winston-Salem! There is no charge to visit the shops. However, if you would like to enjoy the museum, any of the tours or the demonstrations,... More

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Houston, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
47 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We took a day to explore this quaint little town while visiting from Houston. We visited on a Sunday, so it seemed like alot of the shops were closed for whatever reason. It kept of occupied for a day exploring the old Moravian settlement. The kids enjoyed it too.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Old Salem is a breath of fresh air. It is small so don't plan on the place taking that long. But the history is amazing and you will learn a lot!

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Lexington, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great place to visit for a walk around the historic area or take the whole tour. MESDA is wonderful.

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New York
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139 reviews 139 reviews
23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent a great day here visiting the museum and the historic town. The docents are very well informed and make your visit worthwhile. Very picturesque too! Visit the bakery. The bread is delicious.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews 111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It is definitely not Williamsburg, but worthwhile a visit. The docents were dressed in period costumes and quite knowledgeable. The buildings were authentic, the shops nicely done and nice vegetable and herb gardens. The bakery has awesome pound cake and cookies...worth straying from my diet. The Tavern is definitely the place to dine!

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Houston, Texas
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44 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at the Old Salem Museum offers guided tours (45 minutes) of amazing antiques appealing to those who love beautiful furniture pieces, embroidery, maps and ceramics. Extended tours of 1-3 hours are available to see many other antiques not on the 45 minute tours by calling in advance to reserve. Purchase tickets online for... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Founded in 1766 by the Moravians, Old Salem is well worth a visit. You can buy various tickets on-line or at the visitor center. An all-in-one ticket costs $23 and allows you to visit the museums, gardens, trade shops and other historic buildings. We hadn't planned to visit and didn't have a lot of time, so just settled on a... More

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Natal
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33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The old village is pretty and charming, but I have seen more impacting places. For example, Old Deerfield in Western Massachusetts is prettier in my opinion. Anyway, it is worth a visit, but only if you are passing nearby. I visited by myself, I assume that it is more suitable for family or kids fun.

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