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“Impressive American Art in Historic Setting”

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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Impressive American Art in Historic Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

This is a wonderful place to spend a leisurely afternoon. I recommend making a day of it. The gardens are beautiful. You can spend hours just viewing the lovely landscape and wildlife. Picnic outside or just hang out. Some people even nap, read, or play frisbee. This was the home of RJ Reynolds, the tobacco company founder and a throw back to an era of the great industrial barons who built this country. The 1000 acre estate built in 1917, is a marvel in itself but the American Art Collection is extremely impressive. Reynolda House is also the setting for special events and lectures throughout the year. Adjacent to Renolda House is Reynolda Village, an original part of the estate, which is now the location for many shops and eateries, including the featured restaurant, The Village Tavern (reservations recommended). Reynolda Village and estate are adjacent to Wake Forest University. I would NOT recommend the Art Museum to small children. However the grounds and Village are suitable to all ages.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
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“Picnic and basement”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

Amazing architecture. Don't miss the basement. Best part of the house. Party room and pool. Bowling and shooting range. Beautiful grounds also, bring a picnic.

Visited March 2012
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Winston-Salem
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74 reviews
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“A gem of museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

A wonder collection in the house, which is itself fascinating (built by RJReynold's wife/widow). Changing exhibitions, gardens, events.

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Georgetown, Texas
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157 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“An American Classic Attraction"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

I had a hour to view the home. I usually like to spend a half day exploring and taking my time to enjoy all the "gifts" that a Museum has to offer. I went later in the day, on a Tuesday, and had a hour before closing. No lines, no peering over heads of crowds of people to view the sights. I was fascinated by the organ that was built and shipped in rail road cars to the Reynolds, home. The pool area, was built like a cruise ship including port holes which will let you experience the "luxury" of the old world travel experience. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to walk and view the beautiful gardens. The Reynolds were such an inspirational, and innovative couple that were far ahead of their time in making significant changes to the world. This is an experience not to be missed by anyone who enjoys art, history and America!

Visited February 2012
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Palm Beach, Florida
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

Wonderful home - beautiful gardens. Would love to see it in Springtime!

Visited March 2012
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