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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

Jul 3
11:00 AM
America’s Beginnings
The Declaration of Independence
Join local author Tony Williams for a lecture about the Declaration of Independence.  Learn what this document said and how it was written, and hear about the roles of founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. A book signing will follow.
Jul 3
1:45 PM
Wythe Discusses the Declaration
Everyone knows Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of American Independence, but how did his teacher and mentor, George Wythe influence what he decided to say? Meet Jefferson's teacher as he discusses the Declaration of Independence, why he signed this important document, and ask him questions.
Jul 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?
Jul 4
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.
Jul 4
5:00 PM
Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Local USOs and the Troops of World War II
Williamsburg's place in history didn't end with the Revolutionary War. Join us as we celebrate a patriotic 4th of July with entertainment seen by World War II servicemen and women at USO clubs here in Williamsburg. The soldiers "home away from home" and "mom away from mom" provided wholesome entertainment both here and overseas. Overseas they saw such entertainers as Bob Hope and Frances Langford and in Williamsburg they saw shows like this one.
Jul 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.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 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.
Jul 6
4:00 PM
The President is Dead! A Photographic Study of the Lincoln Assassination
Photography had emerged as a new way to record historic people and events during the Civil War. With the tragedy of the president's assassination in April of 1865, it began to be used to identify not only the crime scene and the suspects, but to document their incarceration and subsequent executions. Join historian Carson Hudson as he tells the story of the Lincoln assassination through the examination and analysis of period photographs. Some of the images may be disturbing to some visitors.
Jul 7
1:45 PM
Children of the Winter Camps
Join Martha Washington as she shares stories of what she did with the children who were brought to the Continental Winter encampments.  Learn how even the youngest of the "camp followers" supported her husband and his troops. Before you leave, design a badge to thank those who fought in the Revolution.
Jul 7
4:00 PM
America’s Music
Turner’s Melodies
Learn the story of a fiddler's life and experiences in this musical presentation. A Colonial Williamsburg favorite, master fiddler John Turner features his original compositions in this performance.
Jul 8
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.
Jul 8
3:45 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?
Jul 9
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?
Jul 9
3:30 PM
Equiano Forum
Princes Without a Palace:
Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg
Explore the stories of captured African princes who negotiated their return to their homeland. Two film excerpts are featured in this overview of the Atlantic slave trade. "Slave Trade," is a Colonial Williamsburg production dramatizing an American family’s discussion about the profits and justification of slavery. “The Bloody Writing is for ever Torn,” was produced by the Omohundro Institute at the College of William and Mary and was filmed in in the Republic of Ghana. It traces the experiences of Africans moved from the interior to Elmina Castle on the coast, where they were detained before being loaded on slave ships. 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.
Jul 10
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

Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 3
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.
Jul 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.
Jul 3
3:30 PM
A Stitch in Time
Tour 18th-century samplers on exhibit. Discover who made them and why before creating a design for your own sampler.
Jul 3
4:00 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.
Jul 4
10:30 AM
Backstory
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display, such as paintings, ceramics, textiles, and more. Discover who made the object, and why--as well as how it wound up in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 4
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.
Jul 4
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.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 6
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.
Jul 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.
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.