Doctor’s House Grand Opening
“The Moravian Way of Health and Healing” exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens will re-open the Doctor’s House (formerly the Vierling House) with a new exhibition entitled “The Moravian Way of Health and Healing” on Saturday, April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Doctor’s House and exhibition will be open to the public free-of-charge on April 8 and on Sunday afternoons from 1–4:30 p.m. through 2018.
“The Moravian Way of Health and Healing” exhibition will show for the first time the Moravians’ holistic approach to health and healing—a physical, spiritual, and psychological system that developed over time and was unequaled in America in the late 1700s and the early 1800s. This exhibition is designed to engage the senses. Through an interactive digital game table about medicinal herbs, tactile models of surgeries, a video of the night watchman making his rounds, a music interactive, and surgical and medical tools from Old Salem’s Moravian collection, visitors can explore the ways that early Moravians provided health care, not only to Salem residents but also to non-Moravians in the North Carolina backcountry. “The Moravian Way of Health and Healing” exhibition was designed by Staples & Charles of Washington, D.C.
The first floor will still focus on Dr. Vierling, his large family, and his successful Apothecary Shop. Visit the Apothecary Shop to experience new interactive demonstrations, and join staff in the kitchen as they cook over the hearth and prepare food typical of the early 1800s.
Only the Doctor’s House will be open free-of-charge on April 8. All other museum buildings in Old Salem’s Historic District will require a ticket that day.