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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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Imagination

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.

Painters and Paintings in the American South
Painters and Paintings in the Early American South

Experience a ground-breaking exhibition, featuring pieces by artists painting in the South during the 18th century.

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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  • 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 for one (1) day.
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Upcoming Events in the Hennage Auditorium Events

Jul 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.
Jul 27
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.
Jul 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.
Jul 28
3:45 PM
God is My Rock
Gowan Pamphlet, a slave known locally as a popular preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom.
Jul 29
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 face as they sought to keep "family" together.
Jul 29
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.
Jul 29
4:00 PM
America’s Music
Enjoy discovering the origins of music that we know and love as essentially American--much coming to us from distant shores. Each week, explore this fascinating musical history with performers such as Kelly Kennedy and Andy Cleveland, Carson Hudson, John Turner, David Gardner, Stephen Christoff, and Timothy Seaman. Learn about ethnic influences and a variety of different instruments.
Jul 29
4:00 PM
America’s Music
Tá Muid Anseo (We Are Here)
Discover the Irish American journey with Kelly Kennedy and Andy Cleveland as your musical guides. Sing along, learn a dance step if you're game, and enjoy the wild tunes and haunting ballads of the Irish in America.They came in droves in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and were musically present in all walks of American life from the governors' mansions to Appalachian shacks, railroad gangs, and bayou backwaters.
Jul 30
11:30 AM
Why Aren’t They Smiling?
A New Look at Civil War Photographs
Every photograph tells a story. Join historian Carson Hudson as he examines interesting and unusual wartime photographs, sharing the stories behind the emerging photographic moment and the myths surrounding Civil War images.
Jul 30
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.
Jul 30
3:45 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!
Jul 31
11:30 AM
Divided Friends and Gentle Hearts
Before the Civil War, Northern reformer Dorothea Dix and Williamsburg resident Sally Galt were friends. Despite the bitter war, they remained close to one another. Join in this interactive program and meet both women. Find out about the increased responsibilities shouldered by Ms. Dix during the war. Discover how Sally coped after losing her brother and genteel lifestyle. You'll learn the story of their unusual bond.
Jul 31
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.
Jul 31
3:30 PM
Equiano Forum
Princes Without a Palace:
Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg
Could African captives escape from Williamsburg to their homeland, despite an Atlantic economy dependent on their labor? Explore the extraordinary stories of captured African princes who negotiated their return to their homelands and discover the connections between people, places, and events shared by these first-generation Africans.
Aug 1
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.
Aug 1
3:30 PM
Equiano Forum
Secret Keepers: Literacy, Slavery, and the Law
Explore how a secret network of free blacks and slaves used the houses and properties in Williamsburg to hide runaway fugitives. Film excerpts from "The Runaway" dramatize the dangers of concealing fugitives, who used various methods to escape bondage. While laws supported the slave owners, what means did they have to break this chain of secrecy?

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Jul 26
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? You'll find plenty of inspiration for the hands-on activity that follows.
Jul 26
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.
Jul 26
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.
Jul 26
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.
Jul 26
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.
Jul 26
2:45 PM
Kids in Art
On this guided tour, families explore the galleries for depictions of kids in art. After the tour, create your own kid-inspired masterpiece to take home.
Jul 27
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.
Jul 27
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.
Jul 27
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.
Jul 27
1:30 PM
Tantalizing Tableware of
Our Colonial Ancestors
What sort of dishes did our colonial ancestors buy? Where did the ceramics come from and how were they used? Hear the stories on a guided tour, then go behind the scenes and view the museum's ceramic storage vault.
Jul 27
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.
Jul 27
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.
Jul 28
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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 28
2:15 PM
Focus on Southern Paintings
Explore the exhibition "Painters and Paintings in the Early American South" with an expert volunteer guide. Learn about artists and their patrons in the 18th-century South and discover some fascinating connections between the people and the places.
Jul 28
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.
Jul 28
2:45 PM
Spy Craft
Calling all families to Save the Revolution! Drop in and try your hand at reading and writing secret messages just like Revolutionary spies.
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.