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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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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

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

Dec 22
11:30 AM
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 22
4:00 PM
Christmas Brass
Celebrate the season with a unique concert by talented balladeers Gabe Stone and Stephen Christoff. They'll offer a fascinating and tuneful show featuring the serpent and sackbut--rare brass instruments from the 18th century! You'll also hear songs and music played on a variety of instruments, including the mandolin, guitar, mouth harp, and bones.
Dec 23
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?
Dec 23
2:30 PM
New Brasstastic Holidays!
Begin your holiday festivities with the Eastern Virginia Brass and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Hum along--no, sing along--to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday tunes and beautiful Christmas carols. Share the joy of the season as this talented brass quintet presents seasonal favorites, such as "Sleigh Ride," "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Saints Hallelujah," and themes from the "Nutcracker." Wonderful, fun, heartwarming--and Brasstastic for all ages.
Dec 23
4:30 PM
New Brasstastic Holidays!
Begin your holiday festivities with the Eastern Virginia Brass and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Hum along--no, sing along--to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday tunes and beautiful Christmas carols. Share the joy of the season as this talented brass quintet presents seasonal favorites, such as "Sleigh Ride," "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Saints Hallelujah," and themes from the "Nutcracker." Wonderful, fun, heartwarming--and Brasstastic for all ages.
Dec 24
10:30 AM
12 Days and Night Before Christmas
Gather the entire family together for this special presentation. Experience the unique spirit of Christmas as people from the past bring two classic Christmas stories to life.
Dec 24
12:30 PM
12 Days and Night Before Christmas
Gather the entire family together for this special presentation. Experience the unique spirit of Christmas as people from the past bring two classic Christmas stories to life.
Dec 24
2:00 PM
12 Days and Night Before Christmas
Gather the entire family together for this special presentation. Experience the unique spirit of Christmas as people from the past bring two classic Christmas stories to life.
Dec 24
4:00 PM
Profound Joy
Timothy Seaman celebrates the wonder of the holiday season with early American and old European melodies as well as new compositions from his recordings. Listen as the extended-range hammered dulcimer dramatically showcases winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah themes. It's a perfect time to reflect on the meaning of the season before attending the Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Market Square.
Dec 25
1:30 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.
Dec 26
10:30 AM
New Home and the Holidays
NEW--Explore the richness of holidays at home and with family in this concert filled with American and worldwide melodies and songs of Christmas warmth, comfort, and joy. Skilled instrumentalist Timothy Seaman performs on hammered dulcimer, flutes, mountain dulcimer, psaltery, autoharp, and more.
Dec 26
1:30 PM
New Merry Mari
Celebrate St. Stephen's Day with traditional Scottish music presented by three talented performers. Mari Black, 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and Master Fiddler John Turner are joined by guitarist/violinist Wayne Hill for this festive concert.
Dec 26
4:00 PM
New Merry Mari
Celebrate St. Stephen's Day with traditional Scottish music presented by three talented performers. Mari Black, 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and Master Fiddler John Turner are joined by guitarist/violinist Wayne Hill for this festive concert.
Dec 27
11:30 AM
New Masonic Music for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist
The Christmas season in the 18th century was a time of wassailing and fellowship. Throw a group of freemasons into a tavern on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, and jollity was the order of business! Enjoy a fun-packed hour of music from an 18th-century Table Lodge performed by award-winning fiddler David Gardner. The Master Mason and official musician for Williamsburg Masonic Lodge no. 6 will present music that entertained Masons like George Washington, Peyton Randolph, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin.
Dec 27
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.
Dec 28
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.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Dec 22
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 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 22
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 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.
Dec 23
10:30 AM
Celebrate Quilts!
Take a guided tour of the museum and discover the fascinating world of quilts. What can they tell us about the people who made them?
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 23
2:00 PM
Art-full Greetings
Drop in and create a special holiday greeting card for a friend or family member. You'll find plenty of inspiration in the museum's collection.
Dec 23
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 23
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.
Dec 23
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.
Dec 24
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 24
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 24
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 24
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 25
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 25
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.
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.