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The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

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.

View more upcoming events in our calendar.

Dollhouse for World Made Small
The World Made Small

Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world.

Bruton Parish Church
Faith, Community and Change:
The Early History of Bruton Parish Church


Explore the first hundred years of the church’s history and its important role in the community.

Magnolia Image for Birds, Bugs, and Plants
Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century

Explore the fascination of New World plants and animals with this exhibitions beautiful watercolors and prints.

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.

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For just $10 more than our Single-day Ticket, enjoy admission for the rest of the year! Explore all Colonial Williamsburg homes, community places, and trade shops—including our two art museums—and enjoy the convenience of our complimentary shuttle.

Your Multiday Pass includes:

  • Unlimited admission to up to 35 exhibition sites and 22 trade sites practicing more than 30 18th-century trades, 2 world-class museums, and more than 100 gardens until December 31, 2015.
  • 10% discount on most additional tours and evening programs.

Need to Know

  • Your voucher must be exchanged for a ticket at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.
  • Discounts do not apply to any evening programs between Thanksgiving Day and the first weekend after New Year’s Day.
  • Programs do not include dining events.
  • Some regular daytime programs require reservations.
  • Pricing and benefits are subject to change. Programs are subject to change; some may be weather dependent. Check out our Inclement Weather Policy for more information.
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Upcoming Events in the Hennage Auditorium Events

Apr 21
11:30 AM
Shakers, Quakers & American Anabaptists: New World, New Songs
They came pursuing religious freedom and found inspiration to create new and uniquely American hymnody. Join folklorist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Kennedy as she explores the haunting songs, glorious chorales, wild dances and moving silences of these sects on American shores.
Apr 21
1:45 PM
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.
Apr 22
11:45 AM
The Pious Man’s Daughter, The Rebel’s Wife
Betsy Nicholas grew up in a very religious home with her father, Robert Carter Nicholas, and held God’s teaching in a high light. Find out how her upbringing prepared her for later becoming part of the Randolph family and how that affected her husband, children, and her own religious journey.
Apr 22
1:45 PM
Blesséd Be the Ties that Bind
How can a mother's faith survive when faced with the British occupation and news that her son is now a prisoner of war? Meet Jane Vobe, owner of the King's Arms Tavern, and learn how she finds the strength in the teachings of her slave Gowan, a Baptist preacher.
Apr 23
11:30 AM
Equiano Forum
Princes Without a Palace:
Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg
Explore the stories of captured African princes who negotiated their return to their homeland. Two film excerpts are featured in this overview of the Atlantic slave trade. "Slave Trade," is a Colonial Williamsburg production dramatizing an American family’s discussion about the profits and justification of slavery. “The Bloody Writing is for ever Torn,” was produced by the Omohundro Institute at the College of William and Mary and was filmed in in the Republic of Ghana. It traces the experiences of Africans moved from the interior to Elmina Castle on the coast, where they were detained before being loaded on slave ships. This program is part of Colonial Williamsburg's Equiano Forum on Early African American History and Culture which seeks to broaden the public knowledge about African and African American history and culture in Virginia and the Atlantic World during the American Revolutionary era.
Apr 23
1:45 PM
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.
Apr 24
11:45 AM
Duty and Faith
Meet Robert Carter III and discover how his faith journey affected his relationship to slavery. A wealthy planter, Carter inherited and owned hundreds of slaves. Learn why this active member of the Church of England from childhood converted to evangelical Christianity in 1778. How did his faith and attendance at a Baptist church where all members (including slaves) were treated as equals relate to his growing opposition to the institution of slavery during the 1780s? What ultimately led him, in 1791, to a great act of faith--an act that most men of the Enlightenment and the Church could only see as a theory . . . not necessarily a duty.
Apr 24
1:45 PM
Case Against Toleration
Engage with a young James Madison in 1776. Find out why he is so determined to fight to have religious freedom included in the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Why does he feel so strongly about what will become one of America's founding principles?
Apr 25
1:45 PM
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.
Apr 26
1:45 PM
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.
Apr 27
1:45 PM
God is My Rock
Gowan Pamphlet, a slave known locally as a popular preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom.
Apr 28
11:30 AM
Dissenting Hymns in the 18th Century
Isaac Watts, Charles, John and Samuel Wesley, John Newton and Augustus Toplady all wrote hymns that became popular in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, but none of their works were allowed in Anglican worship services prior to 1784. Join John Turner as he shares hymns that were considered popular music in the 18th century and were sung everywhere but in the established Church of England.
Apr 28
1:45 PM
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.
Apr 29
11:45 AM
The Pious Man’s Daughter, The Rebel’s Wife
Betsy Nicholas grew up in a very religious home with her father, Robert Carter Nicholas, and held God’s teaching in a high light. Find out how her upbringing prepared her for later becoming part of the Randolph family and how that affected her husband, children, and her own religious journey.
Apr 29
1:45 PM
Blesséd Be the Ties that Bind
How can a mother's faith survive when faced with the British occupation and news that her son is now a prisoner of war? Meet Jane Vobe, owner of the King's Arms Tavern, and learn how she finds the strength in the teachings of her slave Gowan, a Baptist preacher.
Apr 29
5:30 PM
Race and Christianity in Early Virginia
The 17th century was a critical time in the development and articulation of racial ideologies, including the idea that Africans and Indians were incapable of genuine Christian conversion. Join Rebecca Goetz, renowned author and Associate Professor of History for New York University as she discusses how English Virginians used Christian rituals like marriage and baptism to exclude first Indians and then Africans from the privileges enjoyed by English Christians—including freedom.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Apr 21
10:30 AM
Young Explorers
Become a young explorer! Discover the natural history that inspired our forefathers in the 18th century through a gallery tour and drawing activity.
Apr 21
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.
Apr 21
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.
Apr 21
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.
Apr 21
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.
Apr 21
2:15 PM
Focus on Furniture
You may be surprised to find that many of today's home furnishings are deeply tied to those of the past. Take an in-depth guided tour of 18th- and early-19th-century furniture. You'll see rare baroque, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Apr 21
3:30 PM
Focus on Furniture
You may be surprised to find that many of today's home furnishings are deeply tied to those of the past. Take an in-depth guided tour of 18th- and early-19th-century furniture. You'll see rare baroque, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Apr 22
10:30 AM
Wild, Weird, Wonderful
Have you ever looked in a museum display case and wondered, "What in the world is that?" Or, "Why would a museum display that piece?" Now's your chance to take a guided tour and find out why and how some very unusual pieces have made their way into Colonial Williamsburg's museum displays.
Apr 22
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.
Apr 22
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.
Apr 22
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.
Apr 22
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.
Apr 22
2:15 PM
Portraits with a Past
Join us for a guided museum tour and explore what portraits can tell us about the past. Learn the stories behind the faces and places hanging on our walls. Who were the patrons, and why were their portraits painted? What else can we learn from clues in the paintings?
Apr 22
2:30 PM
Meet the Curator/Conservator
In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Learn about this unique occupation during a walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for antiques in our museums.
Apr 22
2:45 PM
Drawing on George
Celebrate your patriotism! Take this guided tour and search the galleries for patriotic symbols. At the end of tour, make a commemorative souvenir to take home.
Apr 22
3:30 PM
Portraits with a Past
Join us for a guided museum tour and explore what portraits can tell us about the past. Learn the stories behind the faces and places hanging on our walls. Who were the patrons, and why were their portraits painted? What else can we learn from clues in the paintings?
Apr 23
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.
Apr 23
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.
Apr 23
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.
Apr 23
1:45 PM
A Century of Invention
Learn to think like an 18th-century scientist and discover how the revolutions in science helped spark ideas leading to the American Revolution. Explore the galleries with your guide and see a variety of scientific instruments. For ages 8 and above.
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.