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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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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.

Threads of Feelings
Threads of Feeling

Discover the stories told by simple scraps of fabric—tokens left to identify the babies at London’s Foundling Hospital.

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

Apr 17
11:30 AM
Equiano Forum
Princes Without a Palace:
Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg
Learn of the direct connections between the slave trade and people, places, and events in Williamsburg. Thousands of African captives, including members of noble families, were forcefully migrated to colonial Virginia. Discover the stories of African princes and the role that language, literacy, and religion played in their efforts to escape slavery.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 18
1:45 PM
God is My Rock
Gowan Pamphlet, a slave known locally as a popular preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom.
Apr 18
4:00 PM
Religious Liberty in the Virginias of Jefferson and Gabriel:
Its Importance and Limitations
Evangelical Baptists and Methodists played an important part in the push for religious liberty in Revolutionary Virginia. However, they unleashed social-theological visions among black Virginians not welcomed by Virginia founders--even those who favored religious liberty. James Sidbury, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Rice University, discusses how this complicated heritage continues to affect us today. A book signing will follow this talk.
Apr 19
11:30 AM
Williamsburg Old-Time Radio Hour—Spring Special
Laugh out loud as you celebrate spring with this fun-filled show. Return to 1930s Williamsburg and attend a "live" radio broadcast. Hear comedic stories and advertisements as well as popular seasonal songs--from a simpler time when the restoration of Williamsburg was just getting started. Discover the wacky sound effects that will ignite your imagination throughout the performance.
Apr 19
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.
Apr 19
5:30 PM
The Unwanted
In this dramatic portrayal, three 18th-century women reveal the heartbreak and the hope of mothers whose circumstances force them to relinquish their infants. A worker at London's Foundling Hospital, a Virginia midwife, and a mother with no other options, all share a common concern for the fate of "the unwanted." Written and performed by Colonial Williamsburg's Abigail Schumann.
Apr 20
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.
Apr 21
1:45 PM
Martha Washington, Woman of Faith
Martha Washington suffered many trials in her life, including the loss of her first husband and two of her children before her marriage to George Washington. Join her at her daily routine of devotions and learn how her firm belief in the Creator gave her strength.
Apr 22
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, Stephen Christoff, and Timothy Seaman. Learn about ethnic influences and a variety of different instruments.
Apr 22
11:30 AM
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!
Apr 22
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.
Apr 22
4:00 PM
Crack the Code
Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at "cracking the code" using the spy techniques you've learned. Save the Revolution! Geared for ages 8 and older.
Apr 23
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.
Apr 23
4:30 PM
Shape-notes, Shouts and Shakers:
The Rise of Folk Hymnody in the New South
"For so impudent and irreligious are many in these times growne, that I have heard in foolish and ridiculous ballads ... the name of our blessed Savior, invocated and sung to those roguish tunes, which have formerly served for profane jigs; An impiety odious to a good Christian." So sayeth George Wither. But Cotton Mather saw the new hymnody as a means "to cause truth and goodness to be published and scattered into all corners of the land!" Join multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kelly Kennedy as she sings and plays this new 19th-century hymnody that rose out of the singing schools of New England, the camp revival meetings of the frontier, and the utopian communities of the Shakers.
Apr 24
11:30 AM
Equiano Forum
Princes Without a Palace:
Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg
Learn of the direct connections between the slave trade and people, places, and events in Williamsburg. Thousands of African captives, including members of noble families, were forcefully migrated to colonial Virginia. Discover the stories of African princes and the role that language, literacy, and religion played in their efforts to escape slavery.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Apr 17
10:30 AM
Postcards! Salvage to Souvenir
After touring the museums and learning about Colonial Williamsburg's collections of artwork, drop in and create a postcard out of recycled materials. You can send it to friends or keep it as a memento of your visit.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 17
1:45 PM
Kids in Art
On a guided tour, explore the galleries for depictions of kids in art, then create your own kid-inspired masterpiece to take home.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 17
2:30 PM
Music Then and Now
Nothing transports us back in time so vividly as music. In this authentic musical presentation, members of The Governor's Musick share how they bring 18th-century music to life using period and reproduction instruments, facsimile scores, journals, inventories, letters, and colonial newspapers. In the Museum's Education Studio.
Apr 17
3:00 PM
That’s How Old?
How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in Colonial Williamsburg's collections.
Apr 17
3:15 PM
Music Then and Now
Nothing transports us back in time so vividly as music. In this authentic musical presentation, members of The Governor's Musick share how they bring 18th-century music to life using period and reproduction instruments, facsimile scores, journals, inventories, letters, and colonial newspapers. In the Museum's Education Studio.
Apr 17
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.
Apr 17
4:15 PM
Spy Craft
Save the Revolution! Drop in and try your hand at reading and writing secret messages just like Revolutionary spies.
Apr 18
10:30 AM
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.
Apr 18
10:30 AM
You Have My Heart
Learn more about the heart-felt messages mothers left with their babies at London's Foundling Hospital as you explore the exhibition "Threads of Feeling" on a guided tour.
Apr 18
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.
Apr 18
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.
Apr 18
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.
Apr 18
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.
Apr 18
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 Room.
Apr 18
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.
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.