Old Salem Museums and Gardens

600 S. Main Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101

(366) 721-7300


Salem was founded in 1766 by the Moravians – a Protestant group of people that began in what is now known as the Czech Republic. The Moravians were missionaries who established an earlier settlement in Bethlehem, PA before beginning "Wachovia" in the North Carolina backcountry in 1753. In the Wachovia Tract of nearly 100,000 acres, Salem was the central administrative, spiritual, craft, and professional town surrounded by five outlying congregations

Place Information

  • Place Category

    Parks, Museums

  • Place Cost Under $20
    Adults $21 6-16 $10
  • Place Hours
    Sunday 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Monday closed
    Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Word on the Street

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a unique community of original museum buildings, authentic craftsmen practicing their trade, fascinating collections of rare antiques, and one-of-a-kind retail shopping opportunities.

The stories and activities experienced by visitors in the museums convey a much larger aspect of early America than just the Moravians who settled in Salem, NC. The experiences are a reflection of the evolving economy and diversity of lifestyles that made up the early South. Early Southerners struggled with common principles such as freedom, faith, tradition, government, segregation, and war – many of the same issues that remain relevant in today’s world.

Old Salem Museums and Gardens: From the Parents


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