Student Group Tours

Contact Group Tours at 1-800-441-5305, or tours@oldsalem.org for additional details. Please refer to our Access Salem Initiative for information regarding visiting as a caretaker or a student with a disability.

 

 

 

 

TOUR OPTIONS:

1.Footsteps thru History

A flexible, self-guided tour for your group to explore the historic district of Salem.   On high-volume days there is a short 15 minute, interpreter-led welcome, which includes a quick organ concert on the rare c. 1800 Tannenberg Organ, an overview of material culture at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the social history of African-Americans at St. Philips Heritage Center. After the welcome, your options are wide open to choose. There are over 25 interpreted sites, and 100 acres of landscape to experience. At every location, the students can interact with costumed interpreters through hands-on activities to learn about Colonial America and Moravian Salem in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Program Details:

  • Available Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 am –4:30 pm.
  • Tours begin at the Visitors Center.
  • Tour takes approximately 3+ hours.
  • Come when you can, leave when you must.
  • Visit historic buildings of Salem and interact with costumed interpreters.
  • Includes visit to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) self-guided galleries.
  • Minimum to book: 10 students.
  • Reservations are required and must be paid 30 days in advance Price: $11 per student.  One (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $23 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation no later than 30 days prior to tour. Pricing varies during holiday season (November—December).

 


2. Hands-On History

This fully hands-on experience gives the students a chance to experience what it was like to grow up in Salem over 200 years ago. It is guided in small groups by costumed museum educators.  Students will explore history with their own hands while taking part in pottery, cooking, historic textile and classroom activities.  Each grade-level experience is based on North Carolina’s  Standard Course of Study and is age appropriate.  Tours are available September through May.  This tour ticket also includes the Footsteps through History self-guided tour of the historic buildings.

Program Details:

  • Available at the following times:
    • Monday between 9:30 am—12 pm
    • Tuesdays-Fridays between 9:30 am—12 pm OR between 1 pm—3:30 pm
  • Tours begin at the Single Brothers Workshop.  NOTE: Location for bus drop off
  • Tours are approximately 2 1/2 hours in length.
  • Minimum # in group: 20 students.
  • Maximum # in group: 72 (per time slot).
  • The Hands-on History tour includes all Footsteps Through History tour activities.
  • Reservations are required and must be paid 30 days in advance.
  • Price: $18 per student. For every 12 students, Old Salem provides one (1) complimentary ticket for the Adult Group leaders.  Due to facility size constraint, additional adults are not permitted, but may enjoy a Footsteps Through History Tour while students are on Hands-on History Tour. Pricing varies during holiday season (November—December).

 


3. Science Alive – Where History & Scientific Invention Live

The Moravians of Salem had an advanced understanding of science and technology: agriculture, astronomy, botany, surveying, architecture and manufacturing. Science was a tool used to solve the problems of everyday life. The American scientific “can-do” spirit led to many revolutionary discoveries and inventions. On high-volume days there is a short 15 minute, interpreter-led welcome, which includes a quick organ concert on the rare c. 1800 Tannenberg Organ, an overview of material culture at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the social history of African-Americans at St. Philips Heritage Center. After the welcome your options are wide open to choose. There are over 25 interpreted sites, and 100 acres of landscape to experience with a special emphasis on science-related hands-on experiences.

Program Details:

  • Available Tuesday – Friday (9:30 am–4:30 pm) on advertised days.
  • Tours begin at the Visitors Center.
  • Tour takes approximately 3+ hours.
  • Come when you can, leave when you must.
  • Learn how the Moravians used a fire engine and bucket brigade to protect the town of Salem and take part in a brigade!
  • Learn about the first electric lights in Salem.
  • Learn how a pipe organ works.
  • Try your hand at fire-building technology.
  • Experience how a potter uses minerals for glazes and discover the unique properties of clay.
  • Use scales, standard and non-standard units of measurement while exploring common receipts of the 18th century.
  • Learn how lye from ashes can make something you use every day!
  • See how the use of block and tackle and pulleys can lighten a work load.
  • See how leavening agents long ago were used to put the bubbles in your baked goods.
  • See how an American Longrifle is made.
  • How does cream make butter?
  • Price: $18 per student.  one (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $23 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation (required) no later than 30 days prior to tour.

 Availability of some activities subject to change depending on date and registration numbers.

 



4. Arts Alive – Where History & Creativity Collide

The Moravians, who founded Salem in 1766, were widely known for their music as well as their trades and crafts: pottery, cabinetry, guns, silver and tin wares and textiles. Music and the arts were interwoven into the daily life of Salem through work, worship and education. On high-volume days there is a short 15 minute, interpreter-led welcome, which includes a quick organ concert on the rare c. 1800 Tannenberg Organ, an overview of material culture at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the social history of African-Americans at St. Philips Heritage Center. After the welcome your options are wide open to choose. There are over 25 interpreted sites, and 100 acres of landscape to experience with a special emphasis on arts-related hands-on experiences. 

Program Details::

  • Available Tuesday – Friday (9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) on advertised days.
  • Tours begin at the Visitors Center.
  • Tour takes approximately 3+ hours.
  • Come when you can, leave when you must.
  • Try your hand at making a Theorem painting using a stencil.
  • Learn how the Moravians made a beautiful decorative paper, called paste paper.
  • Learn about the legacy of sacred music and its importance to the Moravians.
  • See the Moravian influence in pottery designs in both utilitarian wares and decorative pieces.
  • Learn about African masks and jewelry;make your own personal adornment.
  • Explore the art of making an American Longrifle.
  • Find out how vegetable garden in the 18th century is both a visual work of art as well as a necessary part of life by exploring the gardens at the Miksch House.
  • See pictures in cookies by observing gingerbread cookie moulds being carved, and view one of the original molds carved by Brother Vogler.
  • And many more activities and demonstrations.
  • Price: $18 per student.  One (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $23 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation (required)  no later than 30 days prior to tour.

5. Home School

We offer Special Pricing for Homeschool families to attend either our Science Alive and/or Arts Alive Days noted above.

  • Price: $18 per student; $23 per adult if booked and paid in full with the homeschool  reservation no later than 30 days prior to tour (otherwise $27 walk-in rate).
  • For homeschool registration for Science Alive and Arts Alive, click here.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. MESDA Hands-On History –  For Middle & High School Groups

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is home to the finest collection of southern decorative arts in the country and is internationally recognized for its contributions to the study and understanding of the history and material culture of the early American South. These new hands-on tours will use the MESDA collection and Research Center to teach students how to use objects and documents as primary sources for the study of history. These tours are especially tailored to meet the needs of North Carolina Grade 8 Social Studies and AP US History classes.

  • Specially developed to meet North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study for Grade 8 US History and A.P. U.S. History
  • Choose from the following topics of study: Free and Enslaved Black Artisans, Native Americans, or the NC Piedmont.  (Other topics available upon request.)
  • Price includes “Footsteps Thru History” self guided access to the entire historic district for the day.
  • Group size: 12 minimum; 36 maximum.
  • Price: $18 per student.  one (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $23 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation no later than 30 days prior to tour.  Pricing varies during holiday season (November—December).

These hands-on experiences are offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. To schedule your class for a MESDA Tour call 336-721-7369 or email MESDATours@oldsalem.org.

To schedule all other School Tours, call 800-441-5305 or email:   tours@oldsalem.org


Field Trip Grant Resources

Old Salem Museums & Gardens works hard to keep our admission prices affordable and at the same time meet our organizational budget as a non-profit.  We understand the expense of a field trip is prohibitive to some schools.  If that is the case for your school, you may want to consider the following Field Trip Grant Resources: