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Old Salem Museums
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Old Salem was established as a non-profit corporation in March, 1950 to preserve and restore the Moravian backcountry town of Salem founded in 1766. Its educational mission is to interpret and share details of this religious community's operation and beliefs for a modern audience. In 1965, the institution opened, in what is now called the Horton Museum Center, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (from seven Southern states dating from the 1600s through 1820). In 1996, a changing exhibits space called The Gallery at Old Salem was added; in 2002, it has now been converted to a full-time antique Toy Museum. In the fall of 1998, a Children's Museum for ages 4-9 opened.
Old Salem employs over 200 people and operates the various museums (weather permitting) daily except Mondays and Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and Christmas Day. Special event days include Fourth of July (Moravian style) and the Holiday Season in November and December. We attract nearly 120,000 paying visitors annually, and over a half million walk-through visitors in the historic district just south of downtown Winston-Salem.
Information about visiting Old Salem and its related museums is readily available. Visit our web site (www.oldsalem.org or www.mesda.org); call 1-888-OLD-SALEM or 721-7300 locally; or write PO Box F Salem Station, Winston-Salem NC 27108-0346 and request a visitor packet.
Old Salem museum-related and Moravian-related products are available in our museum stores on the property. Some of the more popular items may be purchased online (www.oldsalem.org). We also make available a mail-order catalog for items such as Moravian cookies, cheese straws, Moravian stars, and other popular products. All purchases support the on-going restoration and maintenance of Old Salem. Call or write to have a product catalog mailed to you.

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