Tours & Tickets

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arms_and_metals_gallery_aThe Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem offers a variety of tours and ticket packages to meet the interests of our visitors.

MESDA has two new self-guided galleries: The Carolyn and Mike McNamara Southern Masterworks Gallery and the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery.  These galleries tell the story of the South through the objects made and used by its diverse craftsmen.  MESDA’s self-guided galleries are included as part of the Old Salem all-in-one ticket and two-stop tickets which can be purchased at any Old Salem Museums and Gardens retail location.

Tickets for behind the scenes guided tours of MESDA’s study galleries can be purchased at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center.  Reservations for tours, which do sell out, can be made in advance by calling 336-721-7369 during regular museum hours.  In addition to cash, Old Salem Museums & Gardens accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.

One-Hour Behind the Scenes Tours

We offer a variety of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s study galleries.  Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or by advance appointment.  On Sunday guided tours of the study galleries are offered at 2:00 p.m. or by advance appointment by calling 336-721-7369.

A complete schedule of behind the scenes study tours, including expert and curator led tours, can be found here.

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

Two-Hour Behind the Scenes Tours

An in-depth tour of MESDA’s thirty study galleries.  This tour examines an even broader range of MESDA’s outstanding collection of early southern furniture, ceramics, silver, paintings, textiles, and other decorative arts, and can be tailored to your unique interests.

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

Adults • $40
Friends of MESDA • $30
Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE

MESDA and Old Salem Museums & Gardens Ticket Packages

Explore the complete story of those who lived and worked in the early American South by visiting MESDA and touring the restored Moravian town of Salem.  Founded in 1766, Salem’s historic buildings, award-winning heirloom gardens, and talented tradesmen provide a glimpse in to everyday life in one unique Piedmont North Carolina town.

The All-in-One Ticket – Good for TWO Days

The Old Salem All-In-One Ticket includes:
• Unlimited access to the new Carolyn and Mike McNamara Southern Masterworks Gallery and the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery
• Two days to explore the historic buildings, trade shops, and gardens of Old Salem
• Demonstrations of eighteenth and nineteenth century tools and techniques by Old Salem’s talented tradesmen

Adults • $27
Students ages 4-18 • $13
Children under 4 enjoy free admission
Friends of MESDA or Old Salem Museums & Gardens • FREE

Sunday All-in-One Ticket

Special reduced-price tickets for Sundays.

Adults • $22
Children ages 4-18 • $11
Children under 4 enjoy free admission

Two-Stop Ticket

For our visitors who are short on time, the Two-Stop ticket allows entrance to any two sites at Old Salem.  For example, you could visit MESDA’s self-guided galleries and visit the Single Brothers’ House, the Tavern, or any other Old Salem exhibit building.

Adults • $18
Children ages 4-18 • $9
Children under 4 enjoy free admission

How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased at The Frank L. Horton Museum Center or online via the Old Salem website.  Tickets are also available at the Old Salem Visitor Center, where we invite you to watch our brief introduction to the Moravian town of Salem and visit our shops and food service area.  In addition to cash, Old Salem Museums & Gardens accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.

Group Tours

To plan your group visit to MESDA, call 336-721-7337.