Reynolda House launches summer programs, offers June admission promotion

Guided wellness walks kick-off June 1 and free outdoor family programs continue; The Voyage of Life opens July 16

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 24, 2021) — Reynolda House will launch its summer programs on June 1 with new guided wellness walks and offer free museum admission  for the month of June with the purchase of a paid ticket (limit to one discount per order; select “BOGO” ticket type at online checkout via 

Reynolda continues to offer a mix of virtual and in-person, outdoor activities, along with take-home activities for kids. Summer program highlights include free outdoor family programs such as Growga family yoga,  preschool storytimes and scavenger hunt days; a virtual sneak peak of the Feb. 2022 exhibition Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda on Aug. 5; and a “look and learn” day of free museum admission on Aug.11 in recognition of  Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and National Eye Exam Month.  

Inside the 34,000-square-foot  museum and historic home of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds, visitors will experience refreshed American art on view and the exhibition Paul Cadmus: Etchings on view in the West Bedroom Gallery through Aug. 15. The Voyage of Life: Art, Allegory, and Community Response opens on July 16 to members, first responders, and WFU faculty, staff, and students and on July 20 to the public. 

Updates to works on view in the historic House include The Storm (1885) by George Inness on view in the East Hall; Rainbow II (1928) by Lyonel Feininger and House at Eastham (1932) by Edward Hopper on view in the Reception Hall; Anna Dorothea Foster and Charlotte Anna Dick (1790-1791)  by Gilbert Stuart in view in the Dining Room; In the Studio (cir. 1884) by William Merritt Chase and Flowers in a Glass Pitcher with Bird’s Nest and Fruit (cir. 1867) by Severin Roesen now on view on the Balcony. 

Visitors to the 170-acre estate are invited to explore the formal gardens, two miles of trails and outdoor spaces that encompass Reynolda Gardens and the shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village.

Face coverings are still required inside Reynolda House. View current visitor information, buy museum tickets and plan your visit at

Share your #SummerAtReynolda experience with Reynolda on social media @curatereynolda. 

Hours and Admission
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Reserve advance tickets at

Museum members, children 18 and under, students, military personnel, first responders and employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with valid ID receive free admission to the museum. Passes to Reynolda House in English and Spanish are available to check out from every branch of the Forsyth County Public Library free of charge. 

Reynolda Gardens is open from dawn to dusk daily free of charge.  The greenhouse is currently closed. Visit for more information on shopping and dining. 


While the state mandate for wearing masks outdoors has changed, we still encourage program participants in outdoor programs to be prepared to wear face coverings in the program area when social distancing might not be possible; some programs may require face coverings. Policies subject to change. Advance registration is required for all events. Visit to view current policies and to register for events. 

Register for all museum programs and purchase museum admission tickets at unless otherwise indicated. 

Wellness Walking Tours 
Begins June 1; repeats on Tuesdays, June to July, at 10 a.m. (except July 6)
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 13, 20, 27

$10 Museum members,  Friends of the Gardens, WFU faculty, staff, and students; $15 not-yet-members
In-person, outdoors, weather permitting

Explore the historic Reynolda estate on an outdoor walking tour. Visitors will enjoy a guided experience across the historic landscape with an emphasis on observation, mindfulness, and place history. Thanks to new ListenTalk mobile devices, guests will be able to use headsets to hear their tour guide.  Tour departs from the Gazebo and lasts between one hour and 90 minutes.  Suggested for ages 8 and up. Technology provided by Art Bridges. Register in advance. 

Getting “ArtCurious” with Jennifer Dasal and Allison Slaby
Tuesday, July 20, 7 p.m. 

Free; in-person at Bookmarks 

Join Bookmarks and Reynolda for a conversation with the host of the ArtCurious podcast, Jennifer Dasal, as she presents her new book, ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History. This book looks at the world of art history, revealing some of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating stories behind the world’s great artists and masterpieces. Reynolda Curator Allison Slaby will be in conversation with Dasal as they lead us on an entertaining and educational dive into art history as you’ve never seen it before. Registration required via

Virtual Field Trip for Members
Thursday, July 22, 2 p.m.
Free for Museum members, Friends of the Gardens, WFU faculty, staff, and students

Replacing Reynolda’s tile roof begins this month. What better way to acknowledge it (short of donning a hard hat) than to “visit” another American landmark designed by Charles Barton Keen? The mansion at Willows Park Preserve was built in 1910 and today serves the greater Philadelphia area as a Level I Arboretum and community space. Executive Director Will Nord will highlight the similarities and differences between Willows Park and Reynolda. Register in advanceBecome a member of Reynolda House. Become a Friend of the Gardens

Exhibition Sneak Peek: Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda
Thursday, August 5,  12 p.m.

Grab your lunch and join Director of Library and Archives Bari Helms for a virtual sneak peek of the upcoming exhibition, Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda, opening Feb. 22, 2022. The exhibition will examine the lives of the Black men and women, including nationally-recognized artists, who shaped Reynolda as it evolved from a Jim Crow-era working estate into a nonprofit American art museum, incorporated in 1967. Presented in partnership with Bookmarks’ Book with Purpose Initiative. Register in advance

Reynolda On the House: Look and Learn
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Free museum admission 
Sponsored by A Proper View

All are invited to take a long look at the Museum’s renowned collection of American art in recognition of both Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month and National Eye Exam Month. Inspired by the trending practice of slow looking, guests will enjoy structured visual inquiry activities to engage with multiple mediums by different artists. Register in advance.

Early Childhood Programs 

While the state mandate for wearing masks outdoors has changed, we still encourage family program participants in outdoor programs to be prepared to wear face coverings while in the program area when social distancing might not be possible; some programs may require face coverings.

Advance registration is required for family programs unless otherwise indicated; for inquiries about maximum number of participants per program at Reynolda House, contact Julia Hood,

Reynolda Read-Aloud (Outdoors)
Fridays and two Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
Ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult; younger siblings are welcome

Free; weather permitting, this storytime will be offered as a socially-distanced outdoor activity on the Reynolda lawn unless noted otherwise. Visit to register for an invitation or receive details, see program updates, and find previous Read-Aloud videos.

This storytime for pre-readers includes stories, songs or fingerplay and suggested activities to do at home. Each month will focus on a different theme. Register in advance

June 18 – Lost and Found

July 16, 17 – Construction

Aug. 20, 21 – Shapes

Roundabout Stroller Tours
Friday, June 25, and Sat., June 26, 10 a.m.

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their very young learners (infants-3 yrs) in a stroller, front carrier, or backpack for a relaxed and fun walking tour of the Reynolda grounds. Meet at the circle in front of the museum’s front entrance. Register in advance.

Outdoor Discovery Lesson
Select Fridays and Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

$15 member, $20 not-yet-member, per family, per session
Single-session of outdoor, in-person learning for 3-5 year olds and a caregiver

To promote reading readiness and visual literacy, preschoolers and their caregivers will explore Reynolda through activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement and art-making, taking a work of art or item from Reynolda’s collection as a starting point. The program will take place outside on the grounds; families are encouraged to bring a blanket upon which to sit and play. Individual materials will be provided per family group and participants might walk and collect their own natural items. Register in advance

July 23, 24, 10-11:30 a.m. – These sessions will explore Edward Hicks’s painting Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch
Aug. 27, 28, 10-11:30 a.m.- These sessions will explore the theme of construction, considering the building of Reynolda and the current project to re-tile the 104-year-old roof

July 10, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m.
            Intergenerational class for ages 3+ and their families
            Free; donations encouraged

Join us for a time to move, breathe and connect with yoga and mindfulness. Growga’s evidence-based curriculum is rooted in social-emotional learning competencies, taught through the lens of mindfulness in an engaging way that kids and families love. Classes will take place outdoors at Reynolda. Register in advance

Family Programs 

Let’s Talk About Art! at the Museum
Select days, 60-min. tours
$50 for members per group, $75 for not-yet-members per group
Ticket purchase is for 3-6 people and includes museum admission; for all ages. (A group of children under 14 requires at least one adult with them.)

Join an educator for an interactive private tour of select works from the fine art collection. Ideal for intergenerational family groups, a group of close friends, art-loving teens, small homeschool cohorts, and more. Tours are available for a group of 3-6 people and last 60 minutes. The tour will focus on two-to-four works of art and will include interactive conversation and/or activities. Register in advance

Wednesdays, July 5, 14, 28; 3-4 p.m.
Tuesdays, July 13, 27; 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 5; 10-11 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt Days
June 16, July 14
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Free, registration encouraged, not required; for ages 3-12 and a caregiver

Scavenger hunts will be made available outside for families to explore the area immediately around the house and in Reynolda Gardens.  Stay and walk the trails, grab food in the Village or picnic on the front lawn. Register in advance

Family First Workshops 
These two-hour workshops begin at 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month for children in grades 1 through 6 and an adult. $12 members/$15 non-members per person unless otherwise noted; art materials are provided. The workshop will take place outdoors in the front of Reynolda, with a possible rain location indoors. Families will be signed up to visit the Museum during the course of the workshop. Advance registration required.

Aug. 1 – What’s Your Story? Workshop

Many artists tell stories through their creations.  In this workshop, you will have the option to use paints and/or collage materials to tell a visual story, express an emotion, or reflect on the past year. We’ll take inspiration from works of art in Voyage of Life: Art, Allegory, and Community Response. Register in advance.

Educational Resources for Parents and Caregivers
For activities with low to no cost, using items you can find at home or purchase easily, explore the following online resources at

Pop-Up Studios (from making mail art or simple books to printmaking with bubble wrap and more)

Discovery Lessons, literature and art exploration for ages 3-6

Explore Reynolda cards, printable cards to encourage looking at art plus follow-up activities or games

For activities that can be purchased to do at home or on vacation, explore Reynolda’s Take Home Studio bags and boxes.

Take Home Studio bags (1 Reynolda-inspired activity, $22)

Available individual activities include: mythological beast bookbinding kit; pollinator pins (choose hummingbird, butterfly, or bumblebee); decorated paper lantern; and paper kites

Take Home Studio boxes 
Reynolda Take Home Studio boxes are designed for ages 9 through adult. Price includes shipping to continental US addresses. Each kit includes instructions and materials for four art projects: Watercolor “Batik” Painting; Nature Sketchbook; Vibrant Flower Painting; Top Hat or Nature Crown

Most materials provided. Artists will also need a pair of scissors and will need to find leaves and a stick to complete the sketchbook.  

Cost $85 member, $90 non-member, purchase online (includes shipping).  Available in the Reynolda House store for $75 (member discounts available; does not include shipping). BONUS: Each kit contains an exclusive Reynolda-themed sticker pack.

Exhibitions at Reynolda House Museum of American Art 

Andy Warhol, Eric Emerson, Chelsea Girls (1982), © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Coming soon!
The Voyage of Life: Art, Allegory, and Community Response
July 20-December 12, 2021 (opens for museum members, WFU faculty, staff, students, and first responders on July 16)

In this exhibition, three centuries of American art will illuminate the chapters of every individual life. Works by artists including Lee Krasner, Robert Colescott, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, and Grant Wood will reveal critical moments in the voyage of life, with its heydays, rough patches, and new starts. Community members of all ages will make correlations between the art and their own experiences, and their stories will accompany curatorial descriptions throughout the exhibition. In addition to works from Reynolda’s permanent collection, new acquisitions and promised gifts will be featured, demonstrating the Museum’s goal of increasing representation by artists of color, and select loans from Wake Forest University will complement Reynolda’s holdings, mirroring the city’s remarkable collecting legacy. Visitors will be invited to share their own stories on the walls outside the gallery. Tickets are available at 

Major sponsor: 
The Charles H. Babcock, Jr. Arts and Community Initiative Endowment

Contributing sponsor:
Pam and Fred Kahl

Above image: Andy Warhol, Eric Emerson, Chelsea Girls (1982), © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Opening Celebration! Weekend of Gratitude
July 16-July 18
Museum members, first responders, and Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students are invited to view the exhibition before it opens to the public on July 20. 

Member Tuesdays
Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. are reserved for museum members only. 

Want to join in on the fun? Visit to become a member today!

Now on view!
Paul Cadmus: Etchings
Through August 15

Paul Cadmus mined New York’s parks, cafes, beaches, and gyms for his satirical views of society during the 1930s. Classically trained at the National Academy of Design, his work demonstrated the artist’s mastery of anatomy and perspective, but he applied these skills to the creation of a carnivalesque, at times grotesque, world. In his complex, multi-character images, his exaggerated, Mannerist figures engage in bacchanalian behavior that tips into satire. In quieter studies, the artist introduced a noted erotic charge that was unusual in early twentieth-century American art. This exhibition is drawn from a private collection in Winston-Salem and sponsored by Bruce McLain. Buy tickets

About Reynolda
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The 51-year-old art museum at the center of Reynolda’s 180 acres, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of the country manor of R. J. Reynolds. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. Highlights: Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood. The Reynolda experience includes a free app called Reynolda Revealed; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of Reynolda Gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is part of Wake Forest University. For more information, please visit

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