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WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR VISIT!

The Salem Museum will be closed at least through April 23. All activities through April 30 have been cancelled. With schools closed through the end of the semester, we expect to be closed even longer.

The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, founded in 1802, and the surrounding areas.

Salem has survived epidemics before—smallpox, Spanish Flu, and polio—and we’ll get through this coronavirus, too, with common sense precautions.

Please wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (that’s two stanzas of “Salem Born” for local folks), cover your cough with your elbow or sleeve, avoid touching your face, and stay home if you feel sick. We look forward to seeing you when COVID-19 is history!

Our programs and activities include
History All Around Us: Video Tours of Salem’s historic places, people, and objects
∼  Exhibits on regional history drawn from our extensive collections
∼  Events and activities including the annual Ghost Walk
∼  Monthly speaker series, with fascinating programs on local history
∼  Research Library with assistance available
∼  School tours offered for all grade levels
∼  Internships and volunteer opportunities
∼  Historic rental space with modern amenities.

White Oak Tea Tavern at Preston Place–temporarily closed.
The White Oak Tea Tavern is a destination restaurant well-known for its lunches, scones and bagels, gift shop and—most especially—its teas. The Tea Tavern is located in Salem at 1936 W. Main St. in Preston Place, the historic home owned and restored by the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, takeout and to go only, 11 am to 6 pm. 540-387-3000.

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