Frank L. Horton Museum Center

924 South Main Street


Opened 1965

Book store and offices open without ticket.

Ticket required for MESDA tour, open during operating hours.

The Horton Museum Center is home to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). Named for long term Old Salem Director of Restoration, MESDA founder, and decorative arts research pioneer Frank Horton, the building is located at the south end of Main Street in the historic district. In addition to the MESDA, this building also houses the Old Salem Museums & Gardens Research Center and Library.

The building was originally a Kroger grocery store but numerous additions and alterations (the most recent in 1994, when the size was effectively doubled) have changed it into a premier museum facility.