Photo: David Wainer

Our Story

We welcome diversity and couldn’t exist without it. Our many different backgrounds, perspectives, and recollections—even of the same moment in time—are essential to sharing the story of Winston-Salem.

It was the vision of founding patron Frank Borden Hanes, Sr., to create a place that unites our community through a deeper understanding of history and therefore each other, where all people, curious about the experiences of others, can connect and belong, so that we may fulfill our potential as one city, reaching confidently toward its future while rooted proudly in its past.

Our mission is to connect, enrich, and enlarge the community through history, storytelling, and informed, balanced perspective that leads to acceptance, understanding, and belonging.

226 S. Liberty Street,

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Inquiries & Appointments

(336) 724-2842


Our permanent home opens once renovations complete at 226 S. Liberty Street, a short walk along the Strollway south from downtown.

Meantime, our public programs, tours, and special events continue. View our Upcoming Events below.


Join us as we continue to share stories and experiences from our community.

United Tobacco Workers Local 22 strike at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Co., 1946.1
Winston-Salem Christmas parade, 1965.1
Safe Bus fleet vehicle, Courtesy MUSE Winston-Salem Archives
R. J. Reynolds headquarters and the new Wachovia building, 1965.1
Rough and Ready Fire Dept, 1893.2
Dr. Bahnson's lily pond in Salem, ca. 1890.2
The Van Vleck sisters taught music at Salem Academy and College for over 50 years, ca. 1895.2

Past events and stories we’ve shared.

We’ve been sharing the stories and experiences of our city through exhibits, public programs, and oral histories. We've explored Winston-Salem at work and play, at school and in the street, in moments of crisis and celebration, and through the lenses of its neighborhoods, its social diversity, and its ongoing evolution.

Support Us

For MUSE Winston-Salem to continue contributing to the community, we need the community to contribute to MUSE.

Your generosity helps us unite our community and promote understanding, storytelling, and engagement. MUSE Winston-Salem (formerly New Winston Museum) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.