Behind the Scenes Tours

One-Hour Behind the Scenes Tours

Twice a day we offer exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of MESDA’s iconic study galleries.  These tours with a knowledgeable guide encompass all media and all three Southern regions.  Behind-the-scenes tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or by advance appointment.  On Sunday behind-the-scenes tours of the study galleries are offered at 2:00 p.m. or by advance appointment.  Tours sell out, so reservations are advisable and can be made by calling  by calling 336-721-7369.

Adults • $20
Friends of MESDA • $15
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE

Expert-Led Behind the Scenes Tours

Join a MESDA expert for a special tour focused on a particular aspect of MESDA’s unparalleled collection.  These tours often sell out, so reservations are advisable and can be made online or by calling by 336-721-7369.

Adults • $20
Friends of MESDA • $15
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE

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September 22  at 2:00 p.m.  
Southern Silver Treasures
Gary Albert, Editorial Director and Adjunct Curator of Silver and Metals

September 29  at 2:00 p.m.
Southern Architecture at MESDA
Daniel Ackermann, Curator of MESDA

October 6  at 2:00 p.m.
Finding the Hidden Town
Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts

October 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Landscapes in the MESDA Collection
Catherine Carlisle, MESDA Development Officer

October 27  at 2:00 p.m.
Dying to be Remembered: Mourning Embroideries
Jenny Garwood, Curatorial Associate

November 3  at 2:00 p.m.
The Cultural Legacy of Piedmont North Carolina Families
June Lucas, Director of Research

November 10  at 2:00 p.m.
Veterans Day Tour: Stars and Stripes at MESDA
Helen Vasudevan, MESDA Guide

November 17  at 2:00 p.m.
The Decorative Art of Southern Drinking
Daniel Ackermann, MESDA Curator

Special Focus Tours

The following tours are offered during regular museum hours with an advance appointment.

A Hidden Legacy: The African American Influence in Southern Decorative Arts

Focused on the African American stories behind some of MESDA’s most iconic objects, this tour includes works by North Carolina cabinetmaker Thomas Day; the Edgefield, South Carolina, potter David Drake,; and the Baltimore, Maryland, painter Joshua Johnson.

This tour is offered during regular museum hours with an advance appointment by calling 336-721-7369 at least one week prior to your visit.

Adults • $20
Friends of MESDA • $15
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE

Hidden in Plain Sight: Hidden Compartments at MESDA

Ever wonder what’s behind the closed drawers of our furniture?  This tour takes a close look at the hidden latches and secret compartments in the MESDA collection.

This tour is offered during regular museum hours with an advance appointment by calling 336-721-7369 at least one week prior to your visit.

Adults • $20
Friends of MESDA • $15
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE

It’s a Woman’s World: Exploring Women’s Lives through the Decorative Arts

Explore the reality of women’s everyday lives through a tour of iconic objects in the MESDA collection, such as a quilt by Peggy Wynans of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina;  a sampler by the young Quaker schoolgirl Ann Ricks of Southampton County, Virginia; and a crock made and signed by the early Shenandoah Valley potter Mary Adams.

This tour is offered during regular museum hours with an advance appointment by calling 336-721-7369 at least one week prior to your visit.

Adults • $20
Friends of MESDA • $15
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE