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Masterworks and antiques are at play in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

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Browse bold colors and fanciful shapes at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
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The Art Museums of
Colonial Williamsburg

The distinctive collections of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are located under one roof. Enter through the Public Hospital of 1773 and be sure to investigate the exhibits detailing mental illness treatments from the 18th and 19th centuries. The hospital was the first of its kind in North America.

Downstairs, you’ll find wonderful examples of American and British antiques and decorative art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and be able to explore bold and imaginative pieces of colonial and contemporary folk art.

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A sample from the exhibition, A Celebration of Quilts
A Celebration of
American Quilts


This exhibition features 12 American quilts that represent the widely diverse types of quilts made in America from the 18th and 20th centuries.

Example of Chinese Porcelain from the collections of Colonial Williamsburg
China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America

A wide variety of Chinese porcelain with a particular focus on pieces with histories in Virginia.

Arts of the South
A Rich and Varied Culture:
The Material World of the Early South


Celebrate the remarkable diverse objects that represent a unique, early southern style.

Changing Keys
Changing Keys:
Keyboard Instruments for America, 1700–1830


Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century.

Tramp Art
Tramp Art

Examine six pieces of intriguing wooden-notched and chip-carved tramp art.

Baby in Red Chair
American Folk Portraits

Explore the world of folk art portraits through highlights of the museum’s superb collection.

Fraktur
Paper Trail:
Documenting Rites of Passage in
German-speaking America


Examine some highly decorative certificates that traditionally document live events among German-speaking people in America.

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Want to see both world-class museums? Enjoy a whole day of access to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Your Museum Single-day Ticket includes:

  • One (1) day access to
    • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
    • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
    • Bassett Hall

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  • Voucher must be exchanged at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center or a museum front desk.
  • Museum access is already included in the following tickets: Single-day, Multi-day, tickets included in hotel stay, Annual Pass, Collegiate Pass and Good Neighbor Pass.
  • Operating days and times vary. Please check hours prior to arrival.
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Upcoming Events in the Hennage Auditorium Events

Nov 28
11:30 AM
New Through the Seasons of the Year:
Songs of Rural Life
NEW--Include this late-morning concert in your plans for Thanksgiving weekend. Through music of the season, you'll explore the world of planting, farming, herding and other delights of rural life (including drinking and courting)! Talented performers, Lynn and Barry Trott always bring something to delight listeners of all ages.
Nov 28
4:00 PM
New Swinging on a Star:
A Tribute to the Local USOs
and the Troops of World War II
Join us for an entertaining evening as we salute the efforts of local USO organizations' efforts to bring comfort to area servicemen and -women serving far from home during World War II. Bob Hope and Frances Langford just couldn't be everywhere, so Williamsburg citizens helped take up the slack. Their efforts gave sailors, marines, and soldiers in the Historic Triangle a home away from home.
Nov 29
11:30 AM
New A Mother’s Difficult Choice
NEW--It's 1789. The war is over and the constitution ratified. A new government promises liberty and freedom for all. Yet, Miriam and Betsy consider what the future holds. What concerns this free black laundress and this white widow? What will their sons face as they navigate the apprenticeship system to learn a trade?
Nov 29
3:00 PM
New Peter Pelham: The Modern-day Orpheus
Explore the life, music, and legacy of 18th-century Williamsburg's premier musician and Bruton Parish organist. Colonial Williamsburg's Michael Monaco will perform some of Mr. Pelham's own compositions as well as selections that were known to him. In addition, you will learn about the role of music in the Church of England's worship service during the 18th-century.
Nov 30
11:30 AM
Meet a Nation Builder
It takes more than stirring words and hard-fought battles to build a nation. It takes farmers, merchants, builders, teachers, craftsmen, laborers, and more. Meet one of America's unsung nation builders--one of the men and women, preachers and house servants, enslaved and free--who joined the historical giants to overthrow tyranny and establish a self-governing republic.
Nov 30
3:00 PM
New Traditional Music for St. Andrew’s Day
NEW--Enjoy a lively performance of traditional Scottish music during this St. Andrew's Day celebration. Fiddlers John Turner and David Gardner are joined by guitarist/vocalist Cliff Williams for this annual event honoring Scotland's patron saint. Along the way, you'll discover Scottish fiddling tunes that have become American folk classics.
Dec 1
11:30 AM
A Hero’s Homeward Journey
As the American Revolutionary War comes to an end, Gen. George Washington begins his last march home. It is 1783, and his wife, Martha, awaits his arrival at Mount Vernon. Snow, ice, and a grateful public slow his travels. Gradually, the former commander in chief lays aside the mantle of war and prepares to return to his private life. Will he make it home in time to celebrate Christmas with his family?
Dec 1
4:00 PM
Deck the Halls
In a rousing Christmas show filled with humor, anecdotes, and singing, multitalented musician Stephen Christoff performs holiday music on an assortment of unique instruments from the 18th century. You'll hear the musical saw, Jew's harp, Spanish guitar, trombone, comb and paper, bottles, spoons, and mandolin. He'll even teach you how to use your hands as a musical instrument.
Dec 2
11:30 AM
Joy in the Morning
Gather to hear Gowan Pamphlet's inspirational message for the Christmas season. The popular Baptist preacher speaks of inspiration, hope, and the importance of family.
Dec 2
4:00 PM
Songs and Stories of the Yuletide
Lee Welch and Doug Austin present a delightful program of carols, tales, and tunes celebrating the Yuletide. Explore the traditions, dances, and music of the colonial period, sung and performed on a variety of early instruments. A pleasure for the entire family.
Dec 3
11:30 AM
Meet a Nation Builder
It takes more than stirring words and hard-fought battles to build a nation. It takes farmers, merchants, builders, teachers, craftsmen, laborers, and more. Meet one of America's unsung nation builders--one of the men and women, preachers and house servants, enslaved and free--who joined the historical giants to overthrow tyranny and establish a self-governing republic.
Dec 3
4:00 PM
New Civil War Christmas
NEW--Celebrate the rich heritage of exquisite music and customs that grew out of the American Civil War. Timothy Seaman lovingly performs festive and heartfelt tunes of the era on hammered dulcimer, psaltery, mountain dulcimer, flute, and other instruments. The program will include selections from "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," Timothy's recent CD of Civil War music.
Dec 4
10:30 AM
New A Mother’s Difficult Choice
NEW--It's 1789. The war is over and the constitution ratified. A new government promises liberty and freedom for all. Yet, Miriam and Betsy consider what the future holds. What concerns this free black laundress and this white widow? What will their sons face as they navigate the apprenticeship system to learn a trade?
Dec 4
1:30 PM
New Rum and Highland Tales
NEW--What helped the Highlanders of Williamsburg through their day and into the night? Rum rations got them through the day, and stories helped them through the night. Stories (and rum) around the fire make long winter nights bearable. Come listen, come laugh, and come cry with master storytellers Donna Wolf and Shel Browder as they share tales told by Highlanders of the 18th century.
Dec 4
4:00 PM
New Hymns for the Holidays
NEW--How different do beloved carols sound without their traditional tunes? Find out as John Turner and Kelly Kennedy perform hymns from several different religious traditions. You'll also discover forgotten carols--and singing styles--and have a chance to lend your voice to holiday favorites.
Dec 5
10:30 AM
From Naples to North America:
The Mandolin in American Music
Join Doug Austin and Barry Trott for an enjoyable concert of mandolin music. Explore the history of the mandolin in America and hear tunes and songs written for the "family"--from the Baroque period to the present. Classical pieces, traditional tunes from America and Europe, music from mandolin orchestras, jazz standards, and holiday tunes will fill the air.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Nov 28
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Nov 28
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Nov 28
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Nov 28
2:00 PM
Ceramics Up-close
Enjoy a fascinating lesson on the rare ceramic forms from Europe, America, and the Orient in this engaging discussion in the Ceramic Study Vault.
Nov 28
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Nov 29
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Nov 29
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Nov 29
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Nov 29
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Nov 30
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Nov 30
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Nov 30
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Nov 30
2:00 PM
Ceramics Up-close
Enjoy a fascinating lesson on the rare ceramic forms from Europe, America, and the Orient in this engaging discussion in the Ceramic Study Vault.
Nov 30
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Dec 1
10:30 AM
Backstory
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display, such as paintings, ceramics, textiles, and more. Discover who made the object, and why--as well as how it wound up in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.
Dec 1
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 1
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Dec 1
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Embark on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 1
2:00 PM
Behind Closed Drawers
Drop in to get a close look at "Textiles of the Early South," one of the museum's newest exhibitions. Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburg's collections.
Dec 1
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
Handicap AccessibilityFully wheelchair accessible via ramp in fenced area at the west side of the Public Hospital of 1773 building. Passenger drop off and limited parking is accessible by way of the gravel drive off South Henry Street.
Five front entrance steps with railing; passenger elevators; wheelchair accessible restrooms. Additional handicapped parking is behind the building, off Nassau Street.