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Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston Salem, NC 27101
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+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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A taste of Moravian history!

Enjoyed the special winter organ concert complete with Christmas decorations. Interpreters in every open building were very helpful and answered all of my questions. I really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the special winter organ concert complete with Christmas decorations. Interpreters in every open building were very helpful and answered all of my questions. I really enjoyed the Museum which I hadn't visited on my other trips. The new basement exhibit is Moravian artifacts gathered from excavations and homes in the area. It isn't a huge area so you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found the museum very interesting and a wonderful walk. The ginger cookies are the best and so is the cherry strudel. Parking is satisfactory and the wait for the restaurant foods a little slow.

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Kathleen, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for the first time and were thrilled with the holiday crowd - no really.... they were all in line for the food and we had the building self-tours to ourselves! We will be back to enjoy the area in a different season for sure.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed all the special Christmas activities and programs except for the Candle Tea which had such a long line that we didn't want to wait . . . maybe next year!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always bring visitors to visit here. The Cobblestone Farmer's Market on Saturdays during warm months was named one of the top in the country. Whether you just walk through casually or get tickets, the visit is always delightful. And the Tavern is not to be missed!

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been coming to Old Salem for 20 years now, and it is probably my most favorite thing to see in all of North Carolina. The town is so quaint and is rarely crowded. It feels like you are taking a step back in time. The stores, restaurants, and events here are some of my things to do. I come... More 

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Hartwell, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have a few hours and would like to enjoy some of the history of WS this will be well worth your time and money. Be sure to visit the visitors center to get you started! If you have a problem with children than stay away but if you enjoy them then you will have an even better time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's beautiful and fun for kids. We learned a lot about day-to-day life in the 1700s. Christmas is especially lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Lunch at the Tavern is good.... Strolling through shops, demonstrations and educational opportunities abound... The gardens are beautiful in the spring. I've gone to funerals for friends in the Moravian cemetery and candle teas, the bakery is awesome and the Moravian cookies out of sight. Don't miss the Museum of Decorative Arts. Check and make sure what activities are happening... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Just a pleasure to walk around for the holidays. The Welcome Center is best to stop first to get an overview of all and decide if you wish to buy a tickets for the homes or not. We will go back and do that, wanted to walk around first and see everything. It has its own history, different from the... More 

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