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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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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

Aug 1
3:45 PM
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 to become part of the Randolph family. How did that affect her husband, children, and her own religious journey?
Aug 2
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 2
3:45 PM
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.
Aug 3
1:45 PM
God is My Rock
Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved man known locally as a popular preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom.
Aug 3
4:00 PM
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.
Aug 4
4:00 PM
America’s Music
Unique 18th-Century Musical Instruments
Have you ever played comb and paper? Have you heard of the sackbut, octave mandolin, or baroque guitar? Enjoy an hour with Stephen Christoff and hear some of the more unusual instruments the colonists used to make music. He'll even perform with a musical saw and musical bottles!
Aug 5
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 6
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?
Aug 7
1:45 PM
Jefferson Discusses the Declaration
Everyone knows Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of American Independence, but how did he decide what to say? Meet the President as he recollects writing the Declaration of Independence and ask him questions about this important document. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
Aug 8
1:45 PM
Little Citizens
Join one of the Revolutionary City's Founding Fathers in an audience designed for young audiences. Learn the stories, ideas and struggles of a young nation through the eyes of those who helped build it, then create your own version of the Bill of Rights during a hands-on activity.  Discover for yourself if you have what it takes to be a citizen of the new American experiment.
Aug 9
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 10
1:45 PM
God is My Rock
Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved man known locally as a popular preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom.
Aug 11
4:00 PM
Hammered Dulcimer Old & New
Take a brief historical tour of the development of music high and low from medieval troubadours to street tunes of Elizabeth's England and Jamestown, to the Baroque of Williamsburg's golden age, to the sheet music popular in the Civil War, to the customary folk music of today--richly interpreted by Timothy Seaman on the amazing hammered dulcimer.
Aug 12
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 13
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?
Aug 14
1:45 PM
Jefferson Discusses the Declaration
Everyone knows Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of American Independence, but how did he decide what to say? Meet the President as he recollects writing the Declaration of Independence and ask him questions about this important document. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Aug 1
3:30 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.
Aug 2
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.
Aug 2
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.
Aug 2
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.
Aug 2
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.
Aug 2
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.
Aug 3
10:30 AM
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.
Aug 3
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.
Aug 3
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.
Aug 3
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.
Aug 3
2:00 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 3
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?
Aug 3
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.
Aug 3
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?
Aug 3
3:30 PM
Create!
You can see a wide variety of art when you explore the museums. Drop in and create a reminder of your visit that is inspired by one of the objects currently displayed.
Aug 4
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?
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
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.