Plan Your Visit
A Day at Reynolda can include exploring the historic house, discovering the Museum’s renowned American art collection, viewing featured exhibitions, strolling wooded trails, reviving the senses in the Gardens, visiting a waterfall, and shopping and dining in Reynolda Village. Download our free app, Reynolda Revealed in the App Store or Google Play for the full Reynolda experience. Featured exhibitions and access to the historic, nearly 34,000-square-foot bungalow of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds is also included with general Museum admission. The Wake Forest University campus, adjacent to and part of Reynolda, is accessible by walking trail or by car. Get to know the campus before your visit by using Wake Forest’s Interactive Map of Reynolda Campus and Historic Reynolda District.
We recommend at least three hours to fully experience the Museum, Gardens, and Village.
Check our calendar to see what’s happening today at Reynolda, and browse our itineraries below to read our tips for visiting.
If you have one hour
- If you’re visiting the Museum, start with the Orientation Gallery to learn more about Reynolda. Then, use the map on Reynolda Revealed, printed Museum map, or ask a staff member to point you to the Reception Hall, the iconic main room of the historic house. Spend some time with the works of art located in the hall — they are among the most beloved in the collection and have traveled the world. Wander through the hallways to find former bedrooms that are now small art galleries that showcase Reynolda’s collection, and pick up a souvenir on your way out. You could also spend one hour in one of our special exhibitions!
- If you’re visiting the Gardens, spend some time taking in the Formal Gardens. Here’s a look at what’s in bloom and tips for visiting the Gardens.
- If you’re visiting the Village, spend an hour sampling dumplings, burgers, or signature cocktails at one of our delicious restaurants, finding that new outfit or accessory in our boutiques, savoring a hot, made-to-order doughnut or decadent crêpe, or strolling the grounds and enjoying the spectacular landscaping.
If you have three hours
- If you’re visiting the Museum, start with the Orientation Gallery to learn more about Reynolda. Download the Reynolda Revealed app on your phone or ask our staff to check out one of our iPads, and begin your self-tour in R.J.’s study, then explore all four floors of the 1917 bungalow at your own pace. Look for the lion’s feet in the Reception Hall and the punch bowl in the kitchen, and find the bedroom galleries on the second floor, which display some of the Museum’s renowned American art collection. Save at least 30 minutes to explore the exhibition on display in the Babcock Wing, and consider purchasing a piece of original art from the Art-O-Mat.
- After your tour, browse the Museum store for a memento. Then, take a leisurely stroll from the historic house through the Gardens, and note the variety of flower and vegetable gardens still in use today. Finish your Reynolda experience in the Village with a casual patio lunch and shopping at the unique shops located in the former farm buildings of the estate.
If you have one day
- Extend your Reynolda experience with a walk through the Reynolda trails (two miles) and bring a picnic out to the waterfall.
If you have a weekend
- Lucky you! A weekend can easily be spent at the Reynolda Historic District in historic Winston-Salem. Consider an overnight stay with one of our hotel partners, like the Graylyn luxury hotel connected to the Reynolda estate, Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, or the Brookstown Inn. At the Kimpton, The Katharine Brasserie and Bar, named for Katharine Reynolds, is sure to delight you with a fancy cocktail and delectable dinner.