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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
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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Well Preserved Historical Area!

Quite Expensive but worth it if you love historical sites, have a couple days to enjoy and can afford it. We chose not to pay for the extended excess (family of 5) and just chose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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El Toro, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite Expensive but worth it if you love historical sites, have a couple days to enjoy and can afford it. We chose not to pay for the extended excess (family of 5) and just chose to walk the streets and visit the free building. We were here on a day trip from the Mount Airy area. We enjoyed the walk... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A first-timer's visit to Winston-Salem is not complete without a tour of Old Salem. Even long-time area residents will learn more about their hometown with a visit. Exceptional!

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I live in Winston and I love having the history of the area so close. I like everything about Old Salem including the cobblestones, the gardens, the shops and the bakery. The farmers market is always fun too.

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A peaceful place to visit. Lots of history and interesting fact about Moravian life. I recently took my teenage granddaughters. They really enjoyed it. Lots of walking and the sidewalks are original brick and uneven. Keep this in mind for older folks. A must try is the sugar cake. The staff are dressed in the attire of the 1800 century.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Authentic and educational, beautiful and photogenic. Old Salem changes ambiance with the seasons. I am a local and I learn something new each time I go. Easy to stroll, with no admission charged except for a few special buildings with historic demonstrations of tradework. Good shopping and dining options, but don't miss the fascinating cemetery, the Moravians had interesting unique... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went here but did not buy the package to see the historical houses. Instead we walked to the shops, ate at the main restaurant which was a country style food in one of the historical houses. The food and atmosphere was great and a blast from the past. Overall was fun, beautiful architecture, and a fun time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Friendly, knowledgable people giving tours and explaining the history of Old Salem. Moravians are very welcoming and have excellent knowledge if their history as they are meticulous record keepers. Be sure to have something to eat at the tavern and bakery.

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Knoxville, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My daughter and I enjoy the walk through Old Salem. We were a bit disappointed that we were able to see only one demonstration point that was open. We do plan to go back. Would recommend you stroll through the streets of Old Salem to see what there is before buying a full-day, all-inclusive pass.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here long ago as a child, decided to see it as an adult. Another reviewer described it as a version of Williamsburg and I would concur. Disappointing that to go into some attractions/reenactments you have to have tickets. Would have liked to donate ticket prices at door. The day we went the farmer's market was going to so if... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The guides are very knowledgeable and make your experience so real, you almost think you're living back in the 18th century. It's such a well preserved village and the heart of what makes Winston-Salem special. Even if you don't take the tour, you will find lots to enjoy about this place. The photo ops are numerous. There's the graveyard with... More 

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