Adult Group Tour Reservation Requests

Reservations Required for Adult Groups of 12+

Welcome to Old Salem Museum & Gardens! Adult groups of 12 or more people must make an advanced reservation for a self-guided tour the historic Town of Salem and the three self-guided galleries of the Museum of Early of Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA).

Currently, no guided tours are available. Please review our Open Venues and Hours of Operation webpage prior to requesting your visit. Old Salem Museum & Garden’s rotates its program seasonally, and some buildings may be closed on the date of your visit.

Visitors in groups less than 12

Please do not fill out the form if you are in a group of less than 12! You do not need advance reservation.

How to Request and Book an Adult Group Tour

Please fill out your request in the form below with several dates of interest. Bookings fill quickly! A request does not mean you have secured that date. Submit your request more than 60 days prior to your desired visit date. The Group Tours Office will then email to confirm available dates, create the reservation, and then send a contract with instructions for payment. The Group Tours Office manages all payment.

Reservation Deadlines

  • Secure your trip date more than 60 days prior to the desired visit date.
  • Payment is due in full 30 days prior to the trip date.
  • Your tour is not confirmed until the signed contract and full payment is received by Old Salem Museum & Gardens 30 days before the trip.
  • Old Salem Museum & Gardens accepts check and/or credit card payment over the phone.

Ticket Policies

  • Old Salem applies a 7% county and state sales tax to all ticket orders.
  • Old Salem does not refund tickets for “No Shows” on the day of the trip.
  • Students (minors) attending an Adult Group Tour must stay with an adult the entire trip and may not enter a building without an adult.

2023 Group Tour Ticket Prices (excluding November 15 to December 30, 2023)

  • All-in-One Ticket, Adult Price: $23.00
  • All-in-One Ticket, Student Price: $12.00

Full prices ticket costs are for online sales and day-of purchases for any group size

  • All-in-One Ticket, Adult Price: $27.00
  • All-in-One Ticket, Student Price: $13.00

MESDA Connoisseur Tours

Two-hour Connoisseur tours of MESDA, are available Wednesday – Saturday. Tours are booked exclusively in advance with Jane Sutton, Manager of Museum Interpretations. You must call her directly at (336) 721-7374 and leave a message. She will contact you with available dates and times for your tour! Please do not use the form below to make a request for these tour types. Tours are $50 per person, plus tax.


Contact Rebecca Barefoot
Visitor Engagement Manager
(336) 499-7960 

Please fill out the form below to inquire about Adult Group Tour Reservations.

Adult Group Tour Reservation Requests

  • You will be contacted first by email to confirm if your desired tour date is available.
  • Please list this information if your group is a part of an organization.
  • (Please indicate what time of day you prefer to be contacted Monday-Friday)
  • If the party booking the reservation is separate from the Group Leader on the Tour Day, please provide their name, phone number, and email address. If the party booking the trip is the Group Leader, do not fill this out.
  • (Please include your area code)
  • Tour Descriptions

    Town of Salem Tour + Frank L. Horton Self-Guided Galleries

    Groups of 12 or more people can book a group tour and pay in advance to save time on the day of their arrival. This is a self-guided tour through the Town of Salem’s historic buildings and the three self-guided galleries at the Frank L. Horton Center showcasing masterworks, ceramics, and Moravian Decorative Arts. Tours take approximately 2.5 hours.

  • Groups must have a minimum of 12 adults and/or students to book an advanced reservation.
  • Old Salem Museum & Gardens is dedicated to achieving the highest possible degree of access for all visitors. Please inform us how we can make every student's experience engaging based on their needs! Read about the Access Salem initiative:
  • Tour requests must be made 60+ days before the desired date. Please list multiple dates, as fall and holiday visitation is our busiest time of year! Town of Salem Tours and the Frank L. Horton Self-Guided Galleries are available Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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