June 28, 2024

Seven Sensational Museums in Winston-Salem

Get inspired with art, history, and science at a variety of museums and art galleries across Winston-Salem.


Winston-Salem, dubbed the "City of Arts and Innovation," gives creatives a place to thrive and history a place to come alive. Whether you're an art aficionado or just looking for an inspiring weekend, this city’s art scene is worth an exploration. From contemporary galleries to living history museums, here's your ultimate guide to the top art attractions.

Two women stand with Sister Deb in Winkler Bakery, Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, this living history museum offers a glimpse into the Moravian settlement of Salem, established in 1766. Wander through meticulously restored buildings, experience hands-on demonstrations of traditional crafts and trades and tour the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts on the sprawling grounds. Treat yourself to a Moravian cookie at Winkler Bakery, one of the oldest bakeries in America.

  • Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: All-in-one tickets: $30 per adult, $16 per student/child and free 0-3 years old or two-stop tickets: $22 per adult, $10 per student/child and free 0-3 years old

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A father and son admire art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Step back in time and experience American art and history at the Reynolda House Museum. Housed in the former estate of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, this museum features a stunning collection of American paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. The impressive collection of art includes artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol. The sprawling estate also includes beautiful gardens and walking trails. Reynolda Village, a collection of restaurants and local shops, is just a stone’s throw away.

  • Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $18 for adults; 18 and under free. To learn about free admission for adults, click here.

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A group of women explore a new gallery opening at The North Carolina Museum of Art, Winston-Salem

SECCA (NC Museum of Art - Winston-Salem)

Also known as The North Carolina Museum of Art, Winston-Salem. Here, the city’s industrial past joins modern art and innovation – quite literally. See the dynamic exhibits of international, national, and regional artists in the modern hall before exploring the attached English Hunt-Style mansion and 32-acre lakefront estate that belonged to James G. Hanes, once the largest supplier of women’s hosiery.

  • Hours: Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Admission free

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Exterior photo of the Körner's Folly House in Kernersville, North Carolina

Körner's Folly

Check out the awe-inspiring home of the acclaimed interior designer Jule Gilmer Korner, built in 1990 as a life-size portfolio for clients. The 22-room Victorian mansion features elaborate mosaics, fireplaces, and carved woodwork along with the country’s first in-home movie theatre. Popular events include the Victorian Parlor Series, Spring Vintage Market, and the Spectacular Holidays.

  • Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the last entry at 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $12 per adult; $6 child (6-18) and free under 6 years old.

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Two women looking at ceramic art in The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)

Don’t miss this cultural treasure in Old Salem. Peruse the incredible collection of fine antiques, ceramics, metalwork, needlework, paintings, and other decorative arts characteristic of the early American South. Pair your trip to MESDA with a ticket to Old Salem Museum and Gardens by purchasing an "All in One" ticket, which grants you access to everything on site at both locations!

  • Hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 per adult, $15 per student/child; free entry for children 0-3 years old.
    • The All-In-One ticket for visiting Old Salem and MESDA can be purchased in advance here, or on-site at the Visitor Center or at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center. These tickets are $30 per adult, $16 per student (undergraduate students must show a college ID); free entry for children 0-3 years old.

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"By Design" exhibit at Kaleideum Children's Museum in Winston-Salem

Kaleideum

Engineer a roller coaster, travel through space, create a custom animation, or discover the rooftop playground all at North Carolina’s premier children’s museum and science center, Kaleideum. The brand-new reimagined space encompasses 30,000 square feet of fun for all ages, blending together concepts from traditional children's museums with the concepts of STEAM and experiential learning. Don't miss exciting exhibits like the Wonders of Water, Our Nature, and the Rooftop Adventure!

  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 per adult, $12 per child, $13 per senior, free for 11 months and under.
    • Museum admission is free for museum members and educators (with a valid ID). Discounted rates are available for homeschooled children and groups of 10 or more. Click here to learn more.
    • Kaleideum is part of the Museums for All program. SNAP/EBT cardholders and WIC cardholders can show their EBT or WIC cards to pay only $3 per person admission for up to six people.

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Art displayed at the LAM Museum of Anthropology in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

LAM Museum of Anthropology

Located on the campus of Wake Forest University, the Timothy S. Y. Lam Museum of Anthropology is North Carolina’s only museum dedicated to exploring ancient global cultures, offering a mix of permanent, rotating, and virtual exhibits. It also hosts family-friendly events year-round, highlighted by the annual Day of the Dead exhibit each fall. Admission is free!

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Admission free