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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27101-5277
Phone Number: +1 888-653-7253
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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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Great day spent walking back in time. Don't forget to stop by Winkler's Bakery for a sweet treat to end your day!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great day spent walking back in time. Don't forget to stop by Winkler's Bakery for a sweet treat to end your day!!

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For a small fee $5 adults and family can spend roughly 2 hours indoors getting into the Christmas spirit. Annually there is a "Candle Tea" open house at the Brother's House. Depending on the day and time wait times can be very lengthy, which can add to the comradery of the visiting families. The tour traverses from ground level to... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and spend about 4 hours touring the town and all the exhibits. We enjoyed looking at the history, houses, arts and crafts. The Old Salem Tavern's food was amazing. The prices were okay. We enjoyed the bakery shop very much! I'd recommend this adventure to everyone. But be careful on the brick sidewalks. They are uneven and some... More 

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Hamburg, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent an afternoon here, while it was an amazing historic community this was not worth the price for the tour. Only 4 buildings were open. The church was a good stop and also the Tavern. The highlight was Gods Acre.

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OldSalemInc, Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this review

I am sorry if you missed visiting some of our historic buildings. In addition to the three self-guided spaces in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), we have eight other buildings that are included with an All-In-One ticket, plus 3 non-ticketed structures and six retail spaces to visit. You can also visit exhibits in the Visitor Center, Home... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Old Salem the day after Thanksgiving and it was absolutely wonderful and everything I expected. You really get the experience of stepping back in time and witnessing what life was like in the 17 and 1800s in a small village. Though settled by a religious group, the Moravians and there were plenty of allusions to the spirituality of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to go with the kids. Lots of history to see and great food! Free parking. Tickets for adults 35.00 Children 2-18 17.00. Eat at the Old Salem Tavern. Freshly baked goods at the bake shop and lots more.

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Jefferson, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed touring Old Salem, visiting the buildings and learning about the history and customs of the Moravian people. The shops and people were very enjoyable as was the Farmer's Market!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our trip to Old Salem! Favorite stops were the Moravian Church and having tea at the cafe. Lunch at the Tavern was also good. Great spot for pictures!

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Mocksville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the architecture of Home Moravian Church, Salem College, and the historical homes. The costumed guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. Be sure to visit Winkler Bakery for some sugar cake and those ginger cookies that melt in your mouth.

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Windsor, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only had a few hours so all we did was watch the video in the visitor's center and then walk from there to the teapot statue (see picture). It definitely wet our appetite for more. We will definitely be back and buy tix to see inside all of the houses next time.

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