Best First Date Museums Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, North Carolina is a city with rich history and culture, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are several awesome museums here. But are these museums worthy of a first date? Of course! In fact, going to one of these museums for a first date is much better than the cliche dinner and a movie.

That’s why we’ve listed the best museums for a first date in Winston-Salem, and each one has earned our “Healthy Framework’s Best” award. We guarantee any of these venues will make for an excellent and memorable first date!

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Reynolda House Museum of American Art Winston-Salem

A first date at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be an experience you remember long after it’s over. Not only does the museum have one of the finest collections of American art, but the grounds will leave you lost for words. Plus, there are several boutiques and restaurants throughout the village, so there will be no shortage of things to do or see when you’re here. Just bring some good walking shoes and get ready to have a blast!

  • Address: 2250 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
  • Pricing: Free
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Winston-Salem

Want to have a fabulous first date at a multimedia contemporary art gallery? Then you need to visit the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. While they don’t have a permanent collection, they always have amazing exhibits throughout the year, and they feature artists from around the world. Additionally, the building is an architectural marvel, so make sure you get a picture outside with your date before you leave.

  • Address: 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
  • Pricing: Free
Kaleideum North Winston-Salem

Can’t find a sitter in time for your date? Not a problem! Just have it at Kaleideum North and bring your little one along. They’ll have tons of fun in Dino Discovery, and they’ll learn all about conservation in BioWorks. There’s even a hurricane simulator! And when it’s time for a break in the action, have a picnic in Environmental Park. Your date will love it!

  • Address: 400 W Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
  • Pricing: Admission is $10
Lam Museum of Anthropology Winston-Salem

If you and your date are fascinated by anthropology, the Lam Museum of Anthropology is the perfect place to visit. They’ve got 30,000 archeological and ethnographic artifacts, and more than 90 countries and 350 cultures are represented here. Ceramics, rugs, masks, utensils—they’ve got it all! Therefore, it’s safe to say that touring this top-tier university museum is sure to spark some interesting conversations between the two of you.

  • Address: Wake Forest University, Palmer Residence Hall, Carroll Weathers Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
  • Pricing: Free
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery

After a first date at the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, you and your date will have a whole new appreciation for crafts and the people who make them. They’ve always got brilliant exhibits here, and everything is laid out nicely. Especially if your date has expressed a fondness for all things shiny, you should bring them here, as there’s bound to be some jewelry they fall in love with at first sight. Or are they a garment-lover? Well, they’ll be in heaven as they tour. In short, this is an all-around excellent first-date destination.

  • Address: 601 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Pricing: Free
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Put on your best walking shoes and get ready to step way back in time—you’re having a first date at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. There’s so much to see at this comprehensive history attraction, and you don’t have to be a lover of the past to have a good time here. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), for example, has one of the finest collections in the nation, and here you’ll see ceramics, furniture, paintings, needleworks, and other decorative arts. And strolling through the Gardens at Old Salem? Few first-date walks can compare with this!

  • Address: 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Pricing: Admission is $27 for adults
MUSE Winston-Salem

Want to show your date you’re all about community? Taking them to MUSE Winston-Salem is sure to get that message across loud and clear. The exhibits they host are thought-provoking and engaging, and diversity is always celebrated here. Plus, everything has a local angle, so this is an ideal first-date spot for two people who are looking to get more involved in their communities. And dinner at Mellow Mushroom Winston-Salem afterwards? Sounds lovely!

  • Address: 226 S. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Pricing: Free
Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem

If you’re looking to have a first date in East Winston-Salem, why not have it at the Delta Arts Center? They know impactful art, and they know how to showcase it in a truly breathtaking way. Famous artists have exhibited here over the years, and you might even get to meet one (if you go at the right time). Best of all, the staff here is incredibly welcoming and accommodating, so don’t be afraid to tell them you’re on a first date.

  • Address: 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Pricing: Free
Tattoo Archive

Are you and your date inked up all over? Then a first date at the Tattoo Archive makes perfect sense! C. W. Eldridge is a tattoo guru, and hearing about his journey through the world of tattooing will utterly blow you away. And his collection of tattoo art on the wall? Second to none. It may even inspire you and your date to get more ink, which they’ll happily oblige.

  • Address: 618 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Pricing: Free
Shell-Shaped Shell Station

Alright, so this last one isn’t exactly a museum, but we still think this slice of history makes for a unique first date (and with a build in photo-op!). The Shell-Shaped Shell Station in Winston Salem is only becoming more popular as the years go by, mainly because the younger generations weren’t around when these were common. Taking a trip to this unique landmark will show your date you like the occasional blast from the past, and it’s definitely worth visiting if your date is new in town. And afterwards, you can share something sweet at one of the local bakeries; they’re all first-rate!

  • Address: 1111 E Sprague St, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
  • Pricing: Free
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Author: Matt Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.