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“Slightly above average ”

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
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Owner description: One of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. The museums, the Historic Town of Salem, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), along with award-winning heirloom gardens, engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South.
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The tour was not quite as good as I had remembered from school, but still interesting. It seems that back then there were more demonstrations of how things had been done in that time period. The architecture was amazing, it looked like some of the building walls were 5 inches thick, and some of the boards used for flooring were 14 or more inches wide. The buildings were built to stand for 100's of years. Every one working here was friendly and very knowledgeable about the area they worked in. There was a huge disappointment, back years ago they actually cooked the cookies and cakes on site. You could go into the bakery and watch them cook in the old stone ovens. Not anymore! Now they have an off site bakery and the baked goods are brought in, and you can tell by the taste and lack of freshness. Other than the sugar cookies, don't waste your money.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sandra D
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

Was not clear where to buy tickets or park. Once we found a spot to park we had to ask someone where to buy tickets. There web page was not helpful with that. Our weather was beautiful and it was fun to walk to the different houses. The guide at the single boys house was great. Not sure that I think it was worth the $22.00 ticket price. Had a number of hands one activity.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Denise B
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OldSalemInc, Guest Relations Manager at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2018

I am sorry you had trouble with parking, ticket purchasing and our website. Tickets and parking are both available at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. Thanks for coming and I am glad you had a good time.

Terry Taylor
Director of Visitor Engagement

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Reviewed November 9, 2018

There are several ways to visit Old Salem. You can park your vehicle and just walk around the area to see the buildings, walk into shops or visit one of the restaurants. You can also go to the visitor center and pay for admission to two of the sites where a ticket is required or pay for admission that would include all of the sites that require a ticket. We chose to visit two of the sites because we have been to similar sites in our travels. We especially enjoyed the gunsmith shop, the Old Tavern, the single brothers house and the Miksch gardens. There are costumed guides at the various sites to answer any questions.
This attraction is good for field trips. On the day we visited there were several groups visiting.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Today I got to visit Old Salem with my daughter’s 3rd grade class. It was so worth the cost! The staff were in character, engaging for the students, let them be a part of the creating and taught them so much about science and life long ago. It was an amazing day!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daydream21947620936
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Excellent area. Beautiful artisan shops and demonstrations. Quaint, historical architecture situated in the shadow of the modern steel high rises in the background. Highly recommend. Ideal for a quick day trip as it is a small, limited area.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank CHR247
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