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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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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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YOUTH (6-12) $6.50 $0.00
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Upcoming Events in the Hennage Auditorium Events

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.
Mar 14
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 14
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 15
2:00 PM
Stitching Together a National Identity
Explore regional variations in American textiles of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and discover the forces that molded them. Through a series of formal lectures and juried papers, the symposium will address the question  "What is American in American quilts, clothing, and needlework?" It will also provide updates on the latest research techniques and databases and dispel myths about homespun and Yankee thrift.
Mar 16
9:00 AM
Stitching Together a National Identity
Explore regional variations in American textiles of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and discover the forces that molded them. Through a series of formal lectures and juried papers, the symposium will address the question  "What is American in American quilts, clothing, and needlework?" It will also provide updates on the latest research techniques and databases and dispel myths about homespun and Yankee thrift.
Mar 17
9:00 AM
Stitching Together a National Identity
Explore regional variations in American textiles of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and discover the forces that molded them. Through a series of formal lectures and juried papers, the symposium will address the question  "What is American in American quilts, clothing, and needlework?" It will also provide updates on the latest research techniques and databases and dispel myths about homespun and Yankee thrift.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Mar 6
10:30 AM
Needlebook Workshop
Celebrate National Craft Month and try your hand at stitching a needlebook inspired by quilts on exhibit in the museum.
Mar 6
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 6
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 6
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 6
1:30 PM
Ceramics Up-close
What sort of dishes did our colonial ancestors buy? Where did the ceramics come from and how were they used? First, join the conversation on a guided tour, then drop in for a behind-the-scenes view of the museum's ceramic storage vault.
Mar 6
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 6
2:45 PM
The Artful Animal
Join your guide in a hunt through the galleries in search of animals--in art. After your successful expedition, create an animal-inspired trophy to take home.
Mar 6
3:30 PM
Behind Closed Drawers
Drop in to get a close look at "Textiles of the Early South." Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburg's collections.
Mar 7
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?
Mar 7
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 7
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 7
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 7
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 8
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 8
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 8
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 8
1:30 PM
Ceramics Up-close
What sort of dishes did our colonial ancestors buy? Where did the ceramics come from and how were they used? First, join the conversation on a guided tour, then drop in for a behind-the-scenes view of the museum's ceramic storage vault.
Mar 8
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 9
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 9
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.