Request a Field Trip at Old Salem (Spring 2022)

Click here to request a Fall 2021 Field Trip

1. Choose a date on the calendar to request a visit. The number of students we can accommodate each day is capped. If you exceed the maximum number of individuals, your request will not be accepted. Payment is not due when requesting a booking. 

2. School tours are available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

3. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an information packet ahead of your visit with detailed information about your field trip and activities before your visit.

4. Student Group Tour experiences and in-classroom resources and activities are aligned to the following North Carolina Essential Standards. 


STEAM-Driven Days return in Spring at Old Salem, March – May 2022 

We invite you to join us for STEAM-Driven Days in Old Salem. This new experience combines the best of Science Alive and Arts Alive into one program!  

The maximum number of students per day is 300. We require one chaperone per 12 students 

Using the history of Salem, North Carolina, we will explore topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math through sensory experiences led by our educators. This cross-curricular adventure connects students to the people, places, and things that made up historic Salem, NC in the 18th & 19th centuries. 

Students will be introduced to the people who lived and interacted in historic Salem, immersing themselves in the buildings and landscapes of Salem as they learn about early American life in North Carolina and the South from the perspective of the Moravians, the enslaved and free people of African descent, and the Indigenous peoples of the Southern Woodland. 

Teachers booking field trips will also have access to resources that can be used in the classroom, including videos, lesson plans, and other student activities. 


STEAM-Driven Days are for students from all learning environments – public school, private school, charter school, and homeschool! For this reason, we are not offering specialty visit days such as Homeschool Day. 

Old Salem is committed to the safety of our visitors and staff. Currently, masks are required inside buildings regardless of vaccination status and, wherever possible, a safe social distance of six feet is required. Please check our website and social media pages for updates to our COVID protocols. Thank you for working with us to make the historic district safe for all!


Contact Rebecca Barefoot
Group Tours Coordinator
(336) 499-7960



Each school group tour includes:

  • An interactive visit to one of our historic buildings and gardens where students and chaperones can engage in sensory learning about life in 18th and 19th century Salem, NC led by our talented Education Coordinators, including master tradespersons. The stories of the Moravians, the enslaved and free people of African descent, and Southern Indigenous peoples are told by exploring how they lived and worked in this colonial town. Trade demonstrations vary from week to week, while garden experiences allow students to learn more about sustainability.
  • A visit to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts where our Education Coordinator and other MESDA staff members will introduce students to our collection, where they can see artifacts and learn more about how primary sources inform us about life in Salem and the American South, and how these primary sources also help us interpret our present.

Program Details

  • Minimum to book: 1 adult and 10 students. Groups of 10+ are required to have 1 adult chaperone for every 12 students.
  • Maximum to book: 300 persons per day.
  • Tours begin in the historic district; itinerary includes 2 hours of guided and self-guided activities, including an experience at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Additional time is required for optional activities.
  • Please arrive at your scheduled time as the structured tour activities with the Education Coordinators conclude at 12pm. The site will remain open until 2pm for school groups to participate in self-guided activities, including shopping and a visit to Winkler Bakery, so feel free to stay and enjoy the district! We have ample locations to enjoy lunch outside.
  • Reservations are required and must be paid 30 days in advance.
  • Price: $10 per student.
  • One (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $18 per person if booked and paid in full with the school reservation no later than 30 days prior to tour.
  • Please indicate any special needs students and adults that will be in the group. Please include the specific needs so that we can plan accordingly.


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