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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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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

Apr 1
11:45 AM
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 for later becoming part of the Randolph family and how that affected her husband, children, and her own religious journey.
Apr 1
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.
Apr 2
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. This program is part of Colonial Williamsburg's Equiano Forum on Early African American History and Culture, which seeks to broaden the public knowledge about African and African American history and culture in Virginia and the Atlantic World during the American Revolutionary era.
Apr 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.
Apr 3
11:45 AM
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.
Apr 3
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?
Apr 4
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 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.
Apr 6
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 7
9:00 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 these origins with performers such as Kelly Kennedy and Andy Cleveland, Carson Hudson, Stephen Christoff, John Turner, David Gardner and Timothy Seaman. Learn about Irish influences and a variety of different instruments. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
Apr 7
11:30 AM
Hymns of the 1860s
Timothy Seaman demonstrates how music provided comfort during the trials and tribulations of the Civil War. Listen, as he shares hymns from that area using a hammered dulcimer, flutes and other acoustic instruments. Discover the inspirational messages of hope in “He Leadeth Me”, “Near the Cross”, “Immortal, Invisible” and other rare gems revealed from that era.
Apr 7
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 8
11:45 AM
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 for later becoming part of the Randolph family and how that affected her husband, children, and her own religious journey.
Apr 8
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.
Apr 8
4:00 PM
Yankees in the Streets:
Williamsburg during the Civil War
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg's history. Learn about the Battle of Williamsburg, which took place on May 5, 1862. Book signing to follow.
Apr 9
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. This program is part of Colonial Williamsburg's Equiano Forum on Early African American History and Culture, which seeks to broaden the public knowledge about African and African American history and culture in Virginia and the Atlantic World during the American Revolutionary era.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Mar 31
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, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Mar 31
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, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Apr 1
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.
Apr 1
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 1
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 1
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 1
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 1
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?
Apr 1
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.
Apr 1
2:45 PM
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.
Apr 1
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?
Apr 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 2
1:45 PM
A Century of Invention
Learn to think like an 18th-century scientist and discover how the revolutions in science helped spark ideas leading to the American Revolution. Explore the galleries with your guide and see a variety of scientific instruments. For ages 8 and above.
Apr 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.
Apr 2
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, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
Apr 2
2:45 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 2
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.
Apr 2
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, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy.
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.