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Extraordinary Museums

Extraordinary Museums

Begin your adventure to our outstanding museums with a complimentary reception at the Winston-Salem Visitor Center. Our staff will assist you in planning your route throughout your visit.

Named to the National Register of Historic Places, Reynolda House Museum of American Art is the former home of tobacco baron R.J. and Katharine Smith Reynolds. Built between 1912 and 1917, it exhibits one of the finest public collections of American art in the South. The pieces date from 1755 to present and include works by Jacob Lawrence, Jasper Johns, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins and Georgia O'Keeffe. Reynolda House showcases one of America's most authentic examples of a gracious country estate of its time.

View period fashions within a display of the Reynolds' collection featuring vintage clothing, accessories and toys belonging to members of the Reynolds family from 1889 to the 1960s.

Nearby Reynolda Village, once the diary barn and cottages of the working estate, has been converted to specialty shops and restaurants.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is housed in a series of galleries in the 1929 English Tudor-style home of the late industrialist, James G. Hanes, and enhanced by an addition. It presents the finest contemporary art both regionally and nationally. Exhibits have featured international photographer Gordon Parks, as well as photographer Michael Cunningham, famous for his book, "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats," a picture book about African American women and tradition.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the original decorative arts of the early South. With "period" rooms and galleries, MESDA showcases the furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics and metal wares made and used in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas through 1820.

Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology's permanent exhibits consist of cultural objects from the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Körner's Folly, located in nearby Kernersville, is an interior design wonder of the late 1880s. Artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner (KER-ner) created an eccentric 22-room home that stands 100 feet high with seven levels. It is filled with murals and artwork. It is the home of the first private little theatre in the country.