Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston Salem: Address, Phone Number, Old Salem Museums & Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
4.5
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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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1,259 reviews
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Denise A
Durham, NC117 contributions
IRRESPONSIBLE
Jun 2021
We attempted to visit Old Salem last week with some out of town guests. We checked the website, called the museums (no one ever responded to our telephone inquiry) and visitors center for up-to-date information. We checked the day before and the morning of our trip. All of the on-line and phone information supplied by the organization indicated that they were open from 10 am. After driving 92 miles each way to reach our destination, we found all of the buildings in the village were closed. We found there was no information posted regarding closures. After texting our daughter-in-law she saw a posting on Facebook stating the Village was closed due to 6/19. This was a total waste of our time, fuel, energy and very disappointing. We feel it is disgraceful and think your organization is very poorly run. This ruined our whole day. We were not the only visitors wandering around the site who found your entire village shut down with no explanation and regard to us.
Written June 22, 2021
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drpclarke
North Carolina232 contributions
The sign says "Welcome to your adventure"....but
Jun 2021
Now, listen.
I planned this trip. I went all over the freaking webpage to figure out what was open and when and all that stuff. Even called the visitor center and got their message about when they were open.

So I drive the 1.5 hours to get there - get there at 11:30, perfect timing - and the visitor center is closed. Okay. SIgn says to go to the bridge to enter Old Salem. Okay.

Go to bridge. Sign says "Welcome to your adventure"..

so my Saturday afternoon adventure was walking up and down the streets of Old Salem - as were many others - only to see everything was closed except for the bakery and the crafty art museum thing.

Closed.

Closed.

EVerything was closed.

There is nothing in their communications/website/etc. that says this place is closed.

Closed.

Closed.

Therefore there was a throng of people at the bakery (only interesting place open)..but it's one of those places that you buy a bag o' bread, not get a fresh pastry from the oven.

An absolute total wasted trip. My adventure? HA. I don't even want to go back.
Written June 12, 2021
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PeruTravelFamily
Sebring, FL52 contributions
Great Place to Spend a Few Hours
Mar 2021
Old Salem is a beautiful location that we would highly recommend. There is a lot of natural beauty with gorgeous trees and lovely gardens. The area is beautifully preserved. The location, just a short walk from downtown Winston-Salem gives a beautiful contrast of the old and new. The staff on the grounds is so kind and knowledgable. This is a wonderful place to visit even if you do not pay to enter the buildings. Several are open at no cost. Don't miss the bakery!
Written March 23, 2021
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Jake
Winston Salem, NC7 contributions
Fun for a few hours
Feb 2021
Fun place to go for a few hours, I have been here many times in my life and it is always fun to go to
Written March 18, 2021
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hrobinson1114
Hopkinsville, KY2,372 contributions
Nice stop, low key, wouldn’t make special trip
Jan 2021
Very pretty pedestrian bridge. Connects the Old Salem visitor center to the historic district. Also easy access to the Frank L. Horton museum center. Old Salem has much of what you would expect: houses, architecture, churches, shoppes, schools etc from the 1700s and 1800s. Focuses on Moravian, enslaved/free black people, and indigenous cultures.
Written January 9, 2021
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Ron S
Winston Salem, NC31 contributions
Fun, relaxing place to soak up history
Apr 2020
Wonderful place to just walk with family and friends to soak up the history. Shops are great and the bakery is fantastic!
Written December 29, 2020
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cnn73
Jacksonville, FL588 contributions
Shuttered
Oct 2020
Visited this area in October and specifically went to see Winkler Bakery and buy Moravian bakery items. Website said they were open but upon arriving realized nothing in old Salem was open. It looked interesting but wish they had posted somewhere that things were closed. Another family with a young man, was equally disappointed 😕.
Written November 2, 2020
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Schella G
5 contributions
RE: visited to walk
May 2020 • Solo
We live locally but visited Old Salem to get in a social distance walk and we weren’t disappointed. It was a beautiful day, we’ve enjoyed going to Old Salem before, and if you’re a tourist who enjoys a stroll and historical places, you’d like Old Salem.
Written May 13, 2020
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wiscomommy
Wisconsin44 contributions
Charming!
Mar 2020
This was interesting and educational. This visit was just as the coronavirus was breaking out and becoming serious. The area was quiet and clean. There was construction, but it was not distracting. The cafe sandwich wasn't very good, but I had a glass bottle of Coke, which was delightful. Beautiful campus and gardens.
Written March 22, 2020
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Olde_biL
Markham, Canada1,092 contributions
A fascinating community and history I was unaware of
Mar 2020
Winston-Salem started as just a stop on our way South to spend a week away from winter in Toronto. We added Old Salem Museum & Gardens after an internet search of places of interest and allotted a half day. It was time well spent.

We learned how this community came into being and was settled by a Moravian community. The significant differences and influences of the Moravian church on how lives were organized and its influence on interaction with enslaved peoples. The significance of "choirs" to the Moravian way of life, Single Brothers, Singles Sisters and the how the latter led to Salem College.

Many of the buildings for which a museum ticket gains entry to are staffed by interpreters in historical garb and performing historical tasks. These can include cooking over an open fire, smithing, or baking.

Our visit consumed the half-day we planned and we could have spent more time still.
Written March 15, 2020
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