Wake Forest Historical Museum

Due to increased COVID-19 infections in Wake County, the museum is closed to visitors. Please check back for updates.

Plan a Visit

The Wake Forest Historical Museum is committed to visitor and staff safety and has developed new health and safety procedures in light of the ongoing public health crisis, including free timed tickets and required face masks.

Visit the the Wake Forest Historical Museum at 414 N. Main Street in downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina. Tour the historic Calvin Jones House, visit the new museum building’s exhibits, and stroll through the gardens.

Visitors interested in the history of Wake Forest College will find exhibits dedicated to the Medical School, Law School, and legendary sports programs and athletes. Visitors will also enjoy exhibits depicting life in the Town of Wake Forest, the Mill Village, Forestville, the Harricane and other surrounding areas. Our collections and exhibits continue to expand as families, churches, schools, and service organizations donate artifacts.

The Old Well at the Wake Forest Historical Museum


Visiting hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 11:45 am and 1:00 to 4:30 pm, except on public holidays.


There is no charge to visit the Wake Forest Historical Museum, but all visitors must reserve a free timed ticket at eventbrite.com. Visitors can also call the museum in advance to reserve a ticket. If available, visitors may also reserve tickets at the museum. Only ten visitors will be allowed to visit the museum exhibits at a time.

All visitors over the age of 2 will be required to wear a cloth mask that covers their nose and mouth. We encourage anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to postpone their visit.

To learn more about our new health and safety measures and changes to visitors experiences, visit our “Welcome Back!” page.

Group tours and field trips are not being scheduled at this time.


Persons interested in doing research in the archives should telephone ahead or email Ed Morris, Executive Director, at morrisce@wfu.edu to make an appointment.

Location and Directions

The Wake Forest Historical Museum is located at 414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587.


For parking, turn onto Juniper Avenue. There is a paved parking lot directly behind the museum. Limited parking is also available along Walnut Avenue.

Buses should turn onto Juniper Avenue and park in the lot behind the museum.


To preserve and share the unique history and culture of Wake Forest – College, Town, and University.