A Day at Reynolda includes exploring the historic house, discovering the Museum’s renowned American art collection, viewing featured exhibition, strolling wooded trails and through formal gardens, and shopping and dining in Reynolda Village. An orientation video, oral history kiosk and audio tours are included with admission to the Museum. Featured exhibitions are also included with admission. The Wake Forest University campus, adjacent to Reynolda, is accessible by walking trail or by car. Get to know the campus before your visit with Wake Forest's Interactive Map of Reynolda Campus and Historic Reynolda District.
We recommend at least three hours to fully experience the Museum and surrounding estate. If you’re visiting with children, review our tips for visiting with kids. Also, see what works are on view today at the Museum.
Check our calendar to see what's happening today at the Museum, and hear the Aeolian organ played daily at 2:45 p.m.
Looking for a new way to tour the Museum? Browse our online itineraries and find tips for visiting if you have all day or just an hour.
If you have one hour
Head straight to the orientation gallery and watch the 8-minute video to get an overview of Reynolda’s history and present day mission. Then, use your Explore brochure to find the Reception Hall, the iconic main room of the historic house. Spend some time with the works of art located here—they are among the most beloved in the collection and have traveled the world. Look for the short, winding staircase to the attic, where the Museum’s costume collection is on view. This is a great way to envision the family that once lived here. Save 10 minutes to explore the exhibition in the Babcock Wing. If there is not an exhibition on view in the Babcock Wing, use your Explore brochure to find the Northeast Bedroom gallery and enjoy the exhibit on view there.
If you have three hours
Start with the 8-minute orientation video, then ask front desk staff to check out an audio guide. Use the audio guide to learn about the historic house and the family who once lived here, and the works of art on view throughout the home. You’ll see numbered signs throughout the Museum to keep you on track. Don’t miss the exhibits found in the former bedrooms of the historic house, they’re a great way to experience the Museum’s collection. Save at least 15 minutes to explore the exhibition on view in the Babcock Wing, and consider a purchase from the Art-O-Mat.
After your tour, browse in the Museum Store for a memento.Then take a leisurely stroll from the Museum through Reynolda Gardens, taking note of the variety of flower and vegetable gardens still in use today. Finish your Reynolda experience in Reynolda Village, with a casual patio lunch and shopping at the unique shops located in the former farm buildings of the estate.