About Us

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a historic site telling the stories of people, including Moravian, Black, and Indigenous peoples, in the American South. As one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions, our museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the galleries at Frank L. Horton Museum Center, including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) contains the finest collection of its kind in the nation, featuring architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, needlework, paintings, prints, and other decorative arts made and used in the early American South. Old Salem Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Our Mission

Old Salem Museums & Gardens shares the rich, authentic, and diverse cultural history of the early South–with special emphasis on the Moravians in North Carolina, enslaved and free people of African descent, and Indigenous peoples of the Southern Woodland, through the preservation and interpretation of material culture, architecture, and cultural landscapes.

Institutional History

In 1950, a group of dedicated volunteers established Old Salem, Inc. as a way to begin preserving and restoring the town and gardens of Salem for future generations. As Old Salem grew, more buildings were restored and new facilities were added–including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and St. Phillips Moravian Church. In addition to having two National Historic Landmark buildings, the Salem Tavern and the Single Brother’s House, Old Salem was designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) District in 1966. The dedicated staff at Old Salem have worked since the 1990s to expand the historic district and engage community stakeholders in order to share a more authentic and diverse history of Salem and the early South. In 2016 the National Park Service approved an expansion of the NHL district, including changes to the boundaries, additional time periods of significance, and additional resources that allow us to share a more comprehensive history of Salem and the neighboring freedmen’s community of Happy Hill.


Open Months

Old Salem Museums and Gardens is open year-round except for January each year. The administration office is closed for following holidays: New Year’s Day (January 1), Martin Luther King Day (third Monday in January), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Junteenth (June 19), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (first Monday in September), Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November), Christmas Eve (December 24th), and Christmas Day (December 25).

Open Days and Hours

Wednesday to Saturday every week
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Open Venues 

Old Salem Visitor Center 

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Galleries in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center (including The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts)

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., also open for research and collection studies by appointment.

Tickets required for entry.

Potter’s Workshop at T. Bagge

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets required for entry.

Moravian Book & Gift

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Boys’ School

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets required for entry.

Miksch House & Garden

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets required for entry.

Winkler Bakery

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Seed Saving Lab

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets required for entry.

Muddy Creek Cafe

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Open Mic), Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Salem Stitches

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., hours might vary.

More Venues Opening in October!


Tickets

All-In-One Tickets are available on-site (at the Visitor Center, the Frank L. Horton Museum Center, and Moravian Book & Gift) and can be purchased in advance here. Tickets give visitors access to all open venues, including the Self-Guided Galleries in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center. All-In-One Tickets are $20 per adult, $12 per student/child (undergraduate students must show a college ID), plus tax; free entry for children 0-3 years old.

Click here to purchase advance All-In-One Tickets (excluding Nov. 16 – Dec. 31)!

Holiday Tickets On Sale Soon!

Two-Stop Tickets are available on-site only at the Visitor Center, the Frank L. Horton Museum Center, and Moravian Book & Gift. Two-Stop Tickets give visitors access to two ticketed venues, including the Self-Guided Galleries in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center. Two-Stop Tickets are $12 per adult, $10 per student/child (undergraduate students must show a college ID), plus tax; free entry for children 0-3 years old.

All pricing is subject to change. Old Salem Inc. reserves the right to make adjustments to ticket pricing and product & service offerings.


Location

Visitor Center

900 Old Salem Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Historic District

600 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)

924 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Please note that Old Salem Museums and Gardens and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts do not participate in reciprocal, reduced or free admission offered through other museums or their membership programs without our prior approval. Contact the Visitor Center at 336-721-7350 to confirm the applicability of discounts prior to your visit.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follow the official COVID-19 protocols of the city of Winston-Salem. Per the city’s guidance, we encourage people to assess their risk level and mask when appropriate in our smaller venues.

Firearms or weapons are not allowed on our property or in any of our exhibit buildings.


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