Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours?
We are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. We are closed from December 24th, 2021 to February 1, 2022 and will be open on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
What buildings are open?
Horton Center (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts), Visitors Center, Potter’s Shop at T. Bagge, Miksch House & Gardens, Miksch Shed Carpentry, Boys’ School, Seed Saving Lab, Winkler Bakery, Moravian Book & Gift, E. A. Vogler Coffee and Confections, Muddy Creek Café, Salem Stitches.
Can I purchase tickets in advance?
No. Tickets for visiting Old Salem can be purchased on-site only at the Visitors Center, the Horton Center, and Moravian Book & Gift. Tickets give visitors access to all open buildings, including the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDAs) Self-Guided Galleries.
How much are tickets?
Ticket prices (General Admission)
$20 per adult, $12 per student (undergraduate students must show a college ID), plus tax; free entry for children 0-3 years old.
Ticket price (MESDA only)
Tickets to enter MESDA’s Self-Guided Galleries only are $10 per person, plus tax.
Do I need a ticket to shop at Winkler Bakery or Moravian Book & Gift?
No. You do not need to purchase tickets to shop at Winkler Bakery, Moravian Book & Gift or E.A. Vogler Coffee and Confections that’s inside Moravian Book & Gift. You also do not need tickets to walk on the Heritage Bridge or on the grounds of the Historic District.
Where is the Heritage Bridge?
The Heritage Bridge is the wooden bridge connecting Old Salem Visitors Center and Horton Center (MESDA) above Old Salem Rd. It is located to the south of Visitors Center.
Are masks required?
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.
Can professional photographers take pictures in the historic district?
Yes, but photographers must book a session through our website. Read more about the requirements here.
Are pets allowed in the district?
Beagles, cockatoos, goats, and all other pets are welcome to walk on the streets and sidewalks at Old Salem Museums & Gardens—provided they are leashed. The City of Winston-Salem can fine pet owners who do not obey the city-wide “leash law” ordinance. Only service animals with proper identification are allowed inside of the buildings at Old Salem, and no pets are allowed in the historic gardens or cemeteries. If your pet is thirsty, stop by the Old Salem water pump on the southwest corner of Salem Square on S. Main Street. You can pump free water there, 24/7. If you are looking for a place where your dog can run free and play off leash, you can go to the nearby Dog Park, a one-acre fenced lot located in Washington Park off of the Broad Street entrance (the address is 1490 S. Broad Street).
Venues Open to Explore
Horton Center (MESDA)
Seed Saving Lab
Miksch House & Garden
Carpentry in the Miksch Yard
Potter’s Workshop at T. Bagge
Moravian Book & Gift
E.A. Vogler Coffee & Confections