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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
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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I like this place very much. It's NOT for kids that are too small to care. We took our kids who are 4 and 5 and they just weren't there yet. Daddy and I loved it but not the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Wasilla, Alaska
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I like this place very much. It's NOT for kids that are too small to care. We took our kids who are 4 and 5 and they just weren't there yet. Daddy and I loved it but not the kids. We're hoping if we keep dragging them to these historical sights they might catch on. It was a lovely fall-ish... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the family after visiting downtown. This place is just beautiful. And the history is so interesting. Also- it's good to know.... You don't have to pay to just walk around the property. You also don't have to pay to see all the houses. They have many different packages that make it easy to spend as much or little time... More 

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Istanbul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We didn't have enough time and hope we can return. It is a very nice village. I enjoyed strolling on the streets and checking out the shops.

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Linden NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place shops and eateries too. Be prepared to do some walking.we stayed at the Brook stone Inn and walked over. Recommend the Flour Box Tearoom and Cafe for lunch or afternoon tea.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old Salem captures a time and place that is fascinating to people who are interested in history. The Moravian town of Salem is recreated in Old Salem and visitors can tour certain buildings and see the houses and learn about how Salem and its people fit into the history of the area. It is a very miniature version of Williamsburg.... More 

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

Thanks for your comments and we're glad you had good time visiting with us. We hope you will return again in the near future. Please note that we have a new gallery opening late October in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MEDSA) building that will focus on items made by the Moravians in Salem. By January we will... More 

Trinity, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this walking museum. I learned so much history. Loved hearing the staff talk and share their stories. The little shops were cute. The connected college, church and cemetery are also worth walking around in. Plan to spend some time there. We only had a couple of hours and we were rushed.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hi. This is a place you need to see. It's essentially an old part of Salem. Not a rebuilt area but a maintained as it was almost from the beginning of the town. There are dressed in period clothes that play the part of shop keepers and and give the feeling of how things were during that period of time.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not prepared for the cost of the tickets to get into buildings and exhibits. It's is neat and if you are into history like my son and love a nice stroll, it is worth the drive to it, just be prepared that most of the exhibits are not free like many historical demonstrations we have visited. Our family... More 

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

Dear Linda, Please note that in 1950, a group of dedicated volunteers established Old Salem, Inc. As Old Salem grew, more buildings were restored and new facilities were added – including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). Today the museum site operates as a non-profit with more than 200 employees, a thriving retail department, a book publishing arm,... More 

Youngsville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed walking the streets of Old Salem with its historic homes, many complete with docents eager to share their knowledge of the one-time residents and how Old Salem functioned back in the day. We spent about five hours, without children, and that included lunch at the Tavern. The gardens were beautiful and of course, from that period. A great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your interests are historical, then this is a must visit. Buildings are in excellent shape and are a unique representation of the settlement era. Very peaceful and uncrowded stroll back in time to a period of craftsmanship that is enviable.

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