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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
+1 888-653-7253
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Moravian village

A walk representing a NC Moravian settlement in the 17- and 1800s. You can purchase tickets... read more

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Sightsee_Eat
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Worthington, Ohio
Interesting Museum

Always looking for local history sites when we travel. Found the self guided visits to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David P
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
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+1 888-653-7253
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Reviewed today

A walk representing a NC Moravian settlement in the 17- and 1800s. You can purchase tickets ranging for $28 including taxes to see all the interpreted (costumed speakers who tell you something of the building) museum buildings, or a lesser amount to enter and see...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always looking for local history sites when we travel. Found the self guided visits to the individual houses the best. The volunteer workers were superb! Definitely worth the price of admission. Bought two day pass but would recommend buying daily. Could connect these founding members...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The village is remarkable and the visitors center provides, in video and writings, the history of the Moravians.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We headed to Old Salem with our school! We was excited about seeing the old building and seeing the people in the old clothing! We as adults and my smallest daughter laughed and toured the village we had a great time in the woman’s place...More

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OldSalemInc, Guest Relations Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Miranda, I am so sorry to hear that your experience here was not good. I have shared your comments with those in charge of the areas you referenced as well as Old Salem's president, Frank Vagnone. He would like to talk with you personally...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not take the official tour but did view the displays and walked to the African American graveyard and grounds. The displays were focused on the Moravian Immigration to this area. We were surprised the display did not include any mention of the native...More

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OldSalemInc, Guest Relations Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Suzanne, Thank you for your comments and we agree with you! In the past year Old Salem has been focused on a project called Hidden Town to understand better the complicated use of enslaved populations in building the town of Salem and contributing to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a break from NCAA tennis and the rain to explore Old Salem. Love Heritage Bridge over the highway. Optical illusion wooden floor looked wavy but only in the middle. Enjoying seeing the old buildings like Winkler Bakery, built in 1800. Would love to live...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Old Salem, and I enjoyed it immensely. Historical information is accurate and well presented. Easy walking from the Brookstown Inn

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I toured Old Salem Museums & Gardens all day. We enjoyed the nice weather. We had a lunch at The Tavern in Old Salem there. Our lunch was so delicious! We learned new things from the museum employee. As due to being...More

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Reviewed May 4, 2018

This is like Williamsburg's baby brother. We covered it, including God's Acre, in about an hour on a warm, early spring day. With the exception of a few buses of school kids, the place was almost empty. Phone GPS will guide you to the visitor...More

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OldSalemInc, Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2018

Please note that we have many ticket options. One lets you see everything that is here, another gives you the option to select two sites to visit or you can purchase a ticket just to see the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). Sincerely,...More

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Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

My host took me for a morning visit. Not too far from town. We drive and park in the Main Street where all the historical buildings are , very cute with staff dressed in old fashion outfits making it very historical. The Salem college there...More

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brigadier192003
January 8, 2018|
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Response from Thomas W | Reviewed this property |
I asked the gunsmith "how much for a flintlock rifle" and while I don't remember the exact amounts it was a lot. Around $2-3 thousand for a partial hand made rifle, essentially most metal parts (barrel, trigger assembly... More
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December 12, 2017|
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They do, just call for arrangements, dress for the cold weather.
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Response from OldSalemInc | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a living history museum with original buildings on their original sites. Old Salem’s restored area is about 7 blocks long and 3 blocks wide. Brick and stone... More
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