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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.

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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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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

Need to Know

  • 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

Mar 3
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 4
11:30 AM
What is a Family?
The concept of family is as old as humankind, but its social and legal definition has changed over the years. Discover the ties that bind us together in this moving program by Valarie Holmes. Explore the situation of Ann Ashby and her children, who escape the bonds of slavery. Through the efforts of Ann's free black husband, the family is reunited in freedom. Learn about the legal and social challenges slaves and free blacks in colonial Virginia faced as they sought to keep "family" together.
Mar 4
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.
Mar 4
3:30 PM
My Daughter, My Mistress;
My Mother, My Slave
Upon arriving at her new home, Monticello, Betty Hemings is reunited with Martha Jefferson. The young woman she raised will now be her new mistress. What happens as these two women confront the harsh truths that will forever alter the lives they once knew?
Mar 5
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 6
1:45 PM
Meet a Nation Builder:
Edith Cumbo
During the American Revolution, there were a few free blacks living in and around Williamsburg. Meet Ms. Edith and discover how free black Virginians lived in the city that provided challenges to her and others.
Mar 7
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 7
3:30 PM
A Gathering of Hair
Despite living in a world where most had little time to themselves and for family, the enslaved still found ways to develop a rich culture and strong relationships. Meet Elizabeth, a free black woman, and her enslaved friends, Agnes and Lydia, as they prepare for a gathering. Discover how these women manage love, work, beauty, friendship . . . and, of course, hair!
Mar 8
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 9
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 10
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 11
11:30 AM
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.
Mar 11
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.
Mar 11
3:30 PM
My Daughter, My Mistress;
My Mother, My Slave
Upon arriving at her new home, Monticello, Betty Hemings is reunited with Martha Jefferson. The young woman she raised will now be her new mistress. What happens as these two women confront the harsh truths that will forever alter the lives they once knew?
Mar 12
1:45 PM
Conversation with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers questions from the audience.
Mar 13
1:45 PM
Meet a Nation Builder:
Edith Cumbo
During the American Revolution, there were a few free blacks living in and around Williamsburg. Meet Ms. Edith and discover how free black Virginians lived in the city that provided challenges to her and others.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Mar 3
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.
Mar 3
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.
Mar 3
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.
Mar 4
10:30 AM
Wild, Weird, Wonderful Women
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 objects associated with women in the 18–20 centuries have made their way into Colonial Williamsburg's museum displays.
Mar 4
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.
Mar 4
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.
Mar 4
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.
Mar 4
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.
Mar 4
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?
Mar 4
2:30 PM
Music in the Museums
Enjoy live period music played on antique or reproduction instruments as you browse the galleries of the museums. A member of the Governor's Musick provides the melodic backdrop for your self-paced tour.
Mar 4
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.
Mar 4
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?
Mar 5
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.
Mar 5
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.
Mar 5
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.
Mar 5
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.
Mar 5
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.
Mar 5
2:45 PM
That’s How Old?
How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in Colonial Williamsburg's collections.
Mar 5
3:00 PM
Moving
What influenced colonial settlers to move their homes from one place to another? How did they choose where to go? Discover some of the answers on this guided tour. Learn how museum objects can illustrate the migration stories of five families. Are their stories similar to those of your ancestors?
Mar 5
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.
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.