Mesda

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

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Visit the MESDA website to learn more about the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem offers a variety of tours and ticket packages to meet the interests of our visitors.

MESDA has two new self-guided galleries: The Carolyn and Mike McNamara Southern Masterworks Gallery and the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery.  These galleries tell the story of the South through the objects made and used by its diverse craftsmen.  MESDA’s self-guided galleries are included as part of the Old Salem all-in-one ticket and two-stop tickets which can be purchased at any Old Salem Museums and Gardens retail location.

Tickets for behind the scenes guided tours of MESDA’s study galleries can be purchased at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center.  Reservations for tours, which do sell out, can be made in advance by calling 336-721-7369 during regular museum hours.  In addition to cash, Old Salem Museums & Gardens accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.

One-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tours

We offer a variety of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s study galleries.  Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or by advance appointment.  On Sunday guided tours of the study galleries are offered at 2:00 p.m. or by advance appointment.

A complete schedule of behind-the-scenes study tours, including expert and curator led tours, can be found here.

Adults • $20
Friends of MESDA • $15
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE

Two-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An in-depth tour of MESDA’s thirty study galleries.  This tour examines an even broader range of MESDA’s outstanding collection of early southern furniture, ceramics, silver, paintings, textiles, and other decorative arts, and can be tailored to your unique interests.

This tour is offered with an advance appointment during regular museum hours by calling 336-721-7369 at least one week in advance.

Adults • $40
Friends of MESDA • $30
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE