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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone Number: 888-653-7253
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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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.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I toured today with my two children, ages 7 and 5, and we all really enjoyed Old Salem. I suggest picking up the "Salem Sleuth" from the Welcome Center to keep the kids on task. The Gunsmith and the potter were highlights for the littles. The apothocary was a highlight for me.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Great history! Love how they dress! Yummy bread and cookies! Awesome shops! You can look around without buying touring tickets. But without tickets, you can't tour inside the old buildings. If you haven't been in the building, you should go if you are interested in history.

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Chicago
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132 reviews 132 reviews
68 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

My 18-year-old daughter and I strolled this district during the late-afternoon on a fall day. Gorgeous. Fewer tourists were there and the light was beautiful. There's an excellent interpretive pass that allows you to see inside many of the museum houses. But you can also stroll the street for free (which saves you between $15 and $23). I like the... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Me an my wife were celebrating our anniversary and being a tourist at the same time and Old Salem was second on our list. I was willing to pay the tickets to see all the houses but we just thought walking down main street was fine and to buy food. Which is what we did exactly!! We walked down main... More

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Brandon UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My third trip here and I learn something new each time. We were able to eat at the tavern for lunch (usually it is too long of a wait to get in) and it is excellent. We were disappointed that the Church hours are not posted other than at the church and they are not until 1:30 pm.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Old Salem offers a lovely, peaceful walk through history. The costumed guides are knowledgable and interesting. Plus the tavern has a great menu. I always save room for syllabub.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

When I first moved in Winston Salem, I believed that there wasn't anything to do in town. One day I picked up a brochure and discovered old Salem!! I LOVE IT!! I haven't been in any of the houses but I love to go, walking around, and enjoying the shops and visitors center. I have already planned a trip "home"... More

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Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Used to go here with my family as a child. Always saw the candletea and singing. Had fun taking my own kids. Rode the wagon, played games, tried the coffee and cake. Lots of fun.

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Concord, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My husband and I spent a Sunday in Old Salem. It was a Fall day and it was absolutely beautiful and relaxing. We started our adventure off by having brunch a the Tavern. (Make Reservations)The food and service were very good. From there, we meandered through out the village, visiting all the open exhibits, which included the old Tavern, which... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Relaxing activity in the museums and garden. Many houses to walk in and discover. The staffs are helpful and nice. The restaurant in the old Salem is pretty cool with old unique style with good taste plates.

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