Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In September 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest as one of the top 30 national universities for the 25th consecutive year. The University’s motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity), calls for students, faculty, and staff, to use their knowledge, talents, and compassion to better the lives of others. The Reynolda Campus, which encompasses the House, Gardens, and Village, is a part of the University’s main campus.

In the late 1940s, Mary Reynolds Babcock and Charles Babcock donated a large portion of the Reynolda estate for the construction of the Reynolda Campus. In 1956, Wake Forest College — now Wake Forest University — relocated to Winston-Salem,  following an offer of land and an annual gift from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Thomas Hearn, President Emeritus, later wrote, “Wake Forest is now known as the small school, which the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the Reynolds family have made into one of the great private educational institutions in the South.”

In 2002, Reynolda House Museum of American Art officially became an affiliate of Wake Forest University. Reynolda House Founder Barbara B. Millhouse noted at that time that the affiliation would enhance both institutions and now, close to two decades later, that sentiment still rings true. The Museum’s collection of American art is complemented by the University’s prominent art collections and its commitment to incorporating art and creativity into every aspect of campus life. There’s a myriad of opportunities for arts engagement at Wake Forest. To learn more, visit Wake the Arts

Wake Forest students can get involved at Reynolda House through the Reynolda House Student Advocacy Council, volunteer and internship opportunities, and class projects. For more information, view our College Students and Faculty webpage, or contact Reynolda’s Manager of Community and Academic Learning, Amber Albert, at amber@reynolda.org

At Reynolda Gardens, Wake Forest students and faculty engage in research throughout the estate’s 134 acres of Formal and Greater Gardens available for exploration, recreation, and relaxation, which is always free of charge. 

Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff can quickly reach Reynolda by taking the Reynolda trail to Reynolda Village Shops & Restaurants from the University’s campus or via the shuttle upon request. 

Reynolda Benefits for WFU Faculty, Staff, and Students 

  • Free Museum admission for students
  • Free Museum admission for faculty and staff, plus one guest
  • Free Museum admission for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center employees, plus one guest
  • Discounts in the Museum store 
  • Free or discounted admission to Reynolda programs and events
  • University departments may schedule events at Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. To request a Gardens reservation, submit this form. To learn more about options at the Museum, contact amber@reynolda.org.

For the Curious

Full Calendar

Ongoing, 2:00pm

Museum docents will lead 90-minute tours sharing their favorite stories, spaces, and objects in the historic house.

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A green-tinged mushroom on a forest floor.

Oct 19, 2021, 12:30pm

Wellness advocate Dennis Wiggins will discuss a wide variety of fungi from culinary to medicinal.

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Ongoing, 4:00pm

Educator Julia Hood will offer a crash-course on how to talk about art using works from Reynolda’s collection.

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A young boy looks through binoculars as his father kneels beside him outdoors.

Ongoing, 10:00am

Explore the historic estate with activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement, and art-making.

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