Extraordinary Museums

Extraordinary Museums

Begin your adventure to our outstanding museums with a complimentary reception at the Winston-Salem Visitor Center. Our staff will assist you in planning your route throughout your visit.

Named to the National Register of Historic Places, Reynolda House Museum of American Art is the former home of tobacco baron R.J. and Katharine Smith Reynolds. Built between 1912 and 1917, it exhibits one of the finest public collections of American art in the South. The pieces date from 1755 to present and include works by Jacob Lawrence, Jasper Johns, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins and Georgia O'Keeffe. Reynolda House showcases one of America's most authentic examples of a gracious country estate of its time.

View period fashions within a display of the Reynolds' collection featuring vintage clothing, accessories and toys belonging to members of the Reynolds family from 1889 to the 1960s.

Nearby Reynolda Village, once the diary barn and cottages of the working estate, has been converted to specialty shops and restaurants.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the original decorative arts of the early South. With "period" rooms and galleries, MESDA showcases the furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics and metal wares made and used in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas through 1820.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is housed in a series of galleries in the 1929 English Tudor-style home of the late industrialist, James G. Hanes. It presents the finest contemporary art both regionally and nationally. Exhibits have featured international photographer Gordon Parks, as well as photographer Michael Cunningham, famous for his book, "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats," a picture book about African American women and tradition.

Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology's is North Carolina’s only museum dedicated to the study of global cultures, exhibits artifacts from as far away as Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and, as nearby as North Carolina’s Yadkin River Valley.  One of the signature seasonal exhibits of the Museum of Anthropology is the “Dias De Los Muertos” exhibit, also known as the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, which takes places each year from Sept.-Nov.