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Reynolda House Museum of American Art
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Owner description: Discover Reynolda House, the centerpiece of the Reynolda Historic District in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Explore the restored 1917 mansion of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds. An orientation video, oral history kiosk and audio tours, included in your admission fee, provide a unique window into the family and the life they lived. Enjoy masterpieces of American art and special exhibitions in both the historic house and the museum's new exhibition wing. Shop and dine in Historic Reynolda Village. Then, stroll the formal gardens, greenhouses and woodland walking trails of Reynolda Gardens. The Wake Forest University campus, adjacent to Reynolda, is accessible by walking trail or by car.
Reviewed January 21, 2012

I enjoyed Reynolda even more than Biltmore House (which I visited the same week). Possibly because Biltmore House was packed to the gills with people and one felt as if one in a cattle shute being moved along. But also because I like being able to wander around a look at things slowly. Reynolda House can be viewed at your own pace. The signage is wonderful. I really felt like I had walked back in history to the early 1900s. The basement was especially fun: what wild parties those guys must have had down there, rollerskating from the bowling alley to the shooting range to the bar to the pool! The gardens were beautiful, even in the winter. While not a huge fan of modern art, I did tour the exhibit in the newer art gallery that is attached to the historic house. Also fun is visiting the Reynolda Village for lunch and for shopping.

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is the way a museum should work. They have clearly worked hard to curate a great collection of American art, and their purpose is to educate. Museum staff were excited to help my family learn about sculpture (not the strongest aspect of their collection, but they have several great pieces and used those to help us learn more).

Staff pointed out things about the house that would entertain my young child (particularly the bowling alley, "bar" area, and pool downstairs. I'm grateful that at such a young age he has learned that museums are fun places to be and gotten started at talking about what art means to him.

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Reviewed December 9, 2011

Reynolda House is an interesting museum, with both the house and it's excellent art collection on display. We were somewhat surprised by the tacky and sparse Christmas decorations this year. We are fairly regular visitors to the museum and thought it would be nice to see the house decorated in Christmas finery. What we found were plastic sprays and fake holly.

Thank Jsteveb
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

Be sure to catch the introductory film and story of the home prior to beginning your walk through the house. It provided a great deal of background against which to view the house as a whole. The audio tour was free and provided great info on both the art and the design of the home. Go ahead an walk up to the attic to view the fashions and toys too!

Thank LanakilaAlexander
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

Beautiful bungalow owned by the tobacco czar Reynolds. Absolutely beautiful home and grounds and worth the visit.

Thank bonesConnecticut
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