10 of the Most Interesting Museums in Winston-Salem for Everyone!

Last Updated on July 19, 2021

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While exploring North Carolina‘s Camel City, you can’t miss out on visiting these 10 riveting museums, even if they weren’t originally at the top of your to-see list.

These 10 museums in Winston-Salem rank high among the city’s most fun things to do. That’s because they nicely mix history, art, and kid-friendly, with some even free to enter!

We’ll share info about these museums in Winston-Salem, their locations, and admissions inside this guide. We’re ready to start sharing our favorites if you’re ready to start reading and planning your trip!

This post is part of our series on Winston-Salem, more of our favorite places to visit in Central North Carolina, and the best things to do in North Carolina.

Museums in Winston-Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

600 S Main St

Museums in Winston Salem NC Old Salem Bridge

Take a step back in time and learn about Moravian culture at Old Salem Museums and Gardens. Of all the museums in Winston-Salem, this one is probably the most popular for many people, including us!

You can peruse Main Street on your own for free or get tickets for a guided tour and full access to the historic town‘s buildings! Either way, you’ll be met with a cultural dive into the 1800s and dazzling flowers and edible plants at the gardens. 

Old Salem Admission Info

  • Admission is valid for two consecutive days and gives you access to historic buildings and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts‘ (MESDA) self-guided galleries.
  • Kids under 4 enjoy free admission.
  • Adults pay $27
  • Students pay $13 with a valid ID.

Frank L Horton Museum Center 

S Main St

Frank L Horton Museum Center is another treasured piece of Old Salem and a great way to continue exploring local Moravian culture and art. They have done an excellent job in curating incredibly educational exhibits and pieces.

The museum is also known for its helpful staff and well-organized exhibits.

Frank L Horton Admission Info 

  • Admission is valid for two consecutive days and gets you access to historic buildings and MESDA’s self-guided galleries.
  • Kids under 4: Free
  • Adults: $27
  • Students: $13 with a valid ID

Kaleideum Downtown 

 390 S Liberty St

Museums in Winston Salem Kaleideum

When it comes to children’s museums in Winston-Salem, Kaleideum Downtown is the place to start. You’ll find a world of hands-on learning for kids of all ages here.

They have exciting, colorful exhibits like the Climbing Lobby, Kaleidoscape, Enchanted Forest, Amazing Library, and much more! Their flagship exhibit is “Engineer it! Design. Build. Test. Learn,” where children will be enthralled by their discoveries!

Kaleideum Downtown Admission Info

  • Members: Free
  • Ages 11 Months and Under: Free
  • Adults: $10
  • Youth (Ages 1-19): $10
  • Seniors (62+): $9
  • Museums for All: $3

Kaleideum North

400 W Hanes Mill Rd

You’ll find more hands-on learning at Kaleideum Downtown’s original spot, formerly known as SciWorks. Kaleideum North offers a wide variety of kids’ exhibits, as well as animal habitats and gardens to explore.

You can even plan a trip to anywhere with the new Travel Adventure exhibit!

Kaleideum North Admission Info

  • Members: Free
  • Ages 11 Months and Under: Free
  • Adults: $10
  • Youth (Ages 1-19): $10
  • Seniors (62+): $9
  • Museums for All: $3

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

2250 Reynolda Rd

Museums in Winston Salem NC Reynolda House

Art lovers and lovers of beautiful homes alike should not miss out on the Reynolda House Museum of American Art! Reynolda boasts masterpieces from the colonial period all the way to present day.

The museum is designed for a self-guided tour, but they show an orientation video to get you started. They offer a variety of changing exhibitions in their 3,000-square-foot gallery!

Reynolda Admission Info

  • Adults: $18
  • Museum members, children 18 and under, students with a valid ID, and military personnel with ID: Free

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

750 Marguerite Dr

For a more modern stop, check out the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in the Historic Reynolda District. It’s the first of a few free museums in Winston-Salem that we’ll mention.

While it has no permanent exhibitions, the historic and contemporary architecture and grounds keep you coming back for me. No matter what exhibits are on display, you’re sure to have a fascinating multimedia experience. 

Admission is free for everyone.

Winston Cup Museum

1355 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr

For 33 years, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company’s Winston Brand sponsored NASCAR in what is now known as the “modern era.” See what remains of this modern era at the Winston Cup Museum. You can see a variety of race cars and learn about the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, which began in 1971.

Winston Cup Museum Admission Info

Admission prior to 2020 was $8. Since 2020, it’s $100 by appointment only for up to 10 people.

Museum of Anthropology

Wake Forest University, Wingate Rd

If you’re looking to explore cultures from around the globe, you’ve come to the right place! At the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, you can find ceremonial artifacts from the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

There are hands-on activities for all ages at each exhibit! This museum has been offering intercultural learning since 1963 and is still delivering worthwhile education and activities!

Admission is free.

Shell Station Museum

1111 E Sprague St, Winston-Salem, NC 27107

Museums in Winston Salem NC Shell Station

While the shell-shaped Shell Station seems more like a landmark than a museum, we still include it on the list. The Shell Station was constructed in 1930 and still stands, available for all your selfie needs in Winston-Salem!

Admission is free.

This is the last of our museums in Winston-Salem, as our next and final one sits in a Forsyth County neighboring town.

Körner’s Folly 

413 S Main St, Kernersville

Museums in Winston Salem Korners Folly Kernersville NC

It’s a short hop, skip, and jump over to Kernersville where you can see the splendid Körner’s Folly! This historic 22-room Victorian house spans 6,000 square feet and 3.5 stories.

Aptly named, their motto is “American Ingenuity. Eccentric Architecture. Victorian Culture.” Beyond this unique Victorian is Aunt Dealy’s House, which includes a gift shop and tour instruction video.

Körner’s Folly Admission Info

  • Adults: $10 plus tax
  • Children ages 6 to 18: $6 plus tax
  • Under 6: Free

Ready to Explore these Interesting Museums in Winston-Salem (and Nearby)?

Museums in Winston-Salem
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We look forward to revisiting these amazing museums in Winston-Salem for years to come. Our personal favorites are constantly changing, though we love taking our little one to Kaleideum as often as possible.

If you’re new to the area, which of these Winston-Salem museums do you look forward to visiting first? Of course, we’d also be interested to know about your favorites if you’re familiar with the city.

Let us know in the comments, and feel free to share in our Facebook Group if you’ve got fun Winston-Salem adventures!

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