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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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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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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

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  • 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

Aug 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.
Aug 27
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!
Aug 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.
Aug 28
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 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.
Aug 29
4:00 PM
The Hurricane of Independence:
The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment
of the American Revolution
Local historian and author Tony Williams talks about his first book "Hurricane of Independence," the dramatic story of a deadly hurricane that struck North America in 1775, the year the American Revolution began. Copies of his book, which traces the path of the hurricane as it swept through the American colonies, will be available in the Museum Store. Book signing to follow.
Aug 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.
Aug 30
4:30 PM
Williamsburg Old-Time Radio Hour
Return to 1930s Williamsburg to attend a "live" radio broadcast and escape back to a simpler time when the restoration of Williamsburg was just getting started. Hear popular songs of the day and discover how the wacky sound effects are created. Laugh out loud with comedic stories and advertisements and celebrate your patriotism with our special recognition of veterans.
Aug 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 2
11:30 AM
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.
Sep 2
11:30 AM
America’s Music
The Civil War in 7 Songs
Themes of patriotism, home, freedom, bravery, loss, and hope weave through the story of the heart-wrenching catastrophe that overtook Williamsburg and America in the 1860s. Join musician and historian Carson Hudson on this moving exploration.
Sep 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.
Sep 3
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.
Sep 3
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?
Sep 4
11:30 AM
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.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 27
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.
Aug 27
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 27
3:00 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.
Aug 27
3:30 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 28
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, rococco, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Aug 28
3:00 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.
Aug 28
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, rococco, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Aug 29
10:30 AM
The “Sweetest” Fashions
What was stylish and fashionable in the 18th century? Bring the entire family on this guided tour to examine portraits, clothing--and even dishes--for signs of what were the "sweetest" fashions. At the end, kids can participate in a hands-on activity.
Aug 29
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 29
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 29
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 29
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.
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.