Reynolda House, Museum Of American Art, And Gardens

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The Reynolda House and Historic District, set in what is now the Buena Vista neighborhood of Winston-Salem, was once the 1,067-acre estate of the Reynolds family’s tobacco barons Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds. The Reynolda Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The Reynolda house, white with a green roof and shutters, is in the background, and a garden with bright pink and light pink tulips is in the forefront.
The historic Reynolda House and one of its many gardens
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Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Designed by architect Charles Barton Keen, Reynolda House was built in 1917 by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House was home to two generations of the Reynolds family. The house originally occupied the center of a 1,067-acre estate. In 1965, the house opened to the public as an institution dedicated to the arts and education and, in 1967, as an art museum. Today, Reynolda House Museum of American Art displays a premier collection of American art from the colonial period to the present, and the Babcock Wing Gallery features continually changing exhibitions. Most recently, the ping pong room in the basement was restored and is available to try your hand at. Special events are also held at the house.

Reynolda House exterior surrounded by trees.
Did you know that the Reynolda House is on the National Register of Historic Places? Check it out!
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Reynolda House Admission

  • General admission: $18 for adults
  • Museum members, children 18 and under, students with valid ID, military personnel with ID: FREE
  • Employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with valid ID (plus one guest): FREE

Reynolda House Hours

  • Tues-Sat, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Sun, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
  • Closed Mondays, Month of January, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Reynolda Gardens And Grounds

Open to the public and always free, Reynolda Gardens and grounds are open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Immerse yourself in the colorful gardens, peaceful walking trails, and waterfall. Visit the greenhouse and see the Japanese tea houses and log cabin playhouse. See what garden events are happening.

New Greenhouse And Welcome Center Coming Next Year!

In early November 2023, the original 1913 Lord & Burnham Greenhouse will undergo extensive restoration and rehabilitation. Designed as the public entrance to four acres of formal gardens, it features a central domed roof, making it an iconic element in the Reynolda landscape. Through a generous donation from Malcolm and Patricia Brown, the restoration will return the greenhouse to its original glory while updating it with modern control systems. The restored greenhouse, with its striking curved glass on two wings, will reopen in late spring 2024 as the Brown Family Greenhouse. A new welcome center, to be located adjacent to the greenhouse, will open in the summer of 2024. Visitors can expect seasonal plant displays in the greenhouse.

Reynolda Gardens
Reconnect with nature at Reynolda Gardens. There’s so much to see!
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Reynolda Village

Part of the Reynolda Estate grounds and adjacent to Reynolda House, these farm buildings that once served as dairy barns, cattle sheds, and blacksmith shops now house boutique shops, restaurants, and offices.

Shops include several home furnishings stores, men’s, ladies’, children’s designer fashion boutiques, and Village Fabric Shop. Painters’ Palette, Uncorked Masterpiece, and the START Wake Forest University student art gallery are among the art galleries. Fitness and wellness studios include Pure Barre, Naturopathic Health Clinic, European Touch Day Spa, and Village Hair Design.

Restaurants at Reynolda Village include Penny Path Cafe and Crepe Shop, the original Village Tavern, and May Way Dumplings.

Want To See Winston-Salem’s Best Museums?

Reynolda House is one of the museums to visit in Winston-Salem, but there are others you may be interested in seeing, including a children’s museum, a science museum, and more art museums. Check out our coverage of Winston-Salem’s many museums to plan your next visit!

What shop in Reynolda Village do you like to visit? Tell us in the comments.

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