Recognizing that Winston-Salem/Forsyth County was one of the only major North Carolina metro areas without a community museum, a dedicated group of education, business, and community leaders joined together in the early 2000’s to plan for a museum. 

The 2007 acquisition of a site ideal for a city-county museum propelled the effort forward, and the board of directors grew.

In 2008, the group adopted its current name, “New Winston Museum.” 



New Winston Museum’s mission is to preserve, promote and present the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County community through education and collaboration.



The museum invites adults, families, school groups, and visitors to Winston-Salem to discover the richness of our local history, and engage in the telling of the community’s story.

New Winston Museum’s focus is on the history since the creation of Forsyth County and our programs emphasize the role of history in shaping our diverse stories.

The museum is dedicated to sharing the extraordinary everyday stories of all branches of the community. Our exhibitions engage visitors of all ages in new ways of thinking.

New Winston Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does “New Winston” mean?

“New Winston” is an intentional contrast to our neighbor, “Old Salem.” It refers to our historical focus on early Winston and Winston-Salem as active players in the creation of the New South in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It also reflects our desire to be a fresh, innovative, and dynamic museum. 

Where is the stuff? or Where are the artifacts?

While artifacts are often the focal point of museums, maintaining and properly caring for collections is a very time-consuming and expensive process. At this point, we are not yet equipped to properly maintain a collection. Our goal is not be a collections-centric institution, rather to eventually maintain a small, focused collection that will aid in our programming and in telling stories. In the meantime, we are very interested in collecting flat documents (photographs, letters, documents) that we can scan, archive, and return to donors. We do consider receiving unconditional donations, as well as exhibiting loaned items on a case-by-case basis.

How can I get involved?

From volunteering to donating, there are many ways you can get involved with New Winston Museum.


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