About, Hours, & Contact

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a historic site and museum combating food insecurity and exploring 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 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.

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.


Hours

Old Salem Museums & Gardens and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will extend operating hours to 10AM – 4PM from Wednesday to Saturday every week starting Wednesday, June 1.

Select Venues (Visitor Center, Galleries in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center (including MESDA), Potter’s Workshop at T. Bagge, Moravian Book & Gift, Boys’ School, Miksch House & Garden, Winkler Bakery, Seed Saving Lab, Muddy Creek Café, Salem Stitches)

Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.*

* also open for research and collection studies by appointment.

Winkler Bakery

Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Muddy Creek Cafe

Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Salem Stitches

Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Salem Pathways

Available 24/7 from your mobile device


Tickets

Click here to purchase advance All-In-One Tickets!

The All-In-One tickets for visiting Old Salem can be purchased in advance here, or on-site at the Visitor Center, the Frank L. Horton Museum Center, and Moravian Book & Gift. Tickets give visitors access to all open buildings, including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) Self-Guided Galleries. 

All-In-One Tickets are $20 per adult, $12 per student (undergraduate students must show a college ID), plus tax; free entry for children 0-3 years old. 

You will receive a confirmation email once the purchase transaction is completed. Please click the link in the confirmation email to view or print your barcoded eTicket. You may print that document to present or show it on your mobile device upon your arrival at Old Salem. Check-in at Visitor Center, Frank L. Horton Museum Center, or Moravian Book & Gift with your eTicket to receive a visitor tag, and start your trip!

Two-Stop tickets are available on-site 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 MESDA’s Self-Guided Galleries. 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.


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


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