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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.

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

Oct 30
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.
Oct 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.
Oct 30
3:30 PM
Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia
Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors. Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. Copies of his book "These Detestable Slaves of the Devill" will be available in the Museum Store with a booksigning to follow the lecture.
Oct 30
5:30 PM
The Pamunkey Indians of Virginia
Explore the past and present of Virginia's native peoples during a special roundtable discussion with members of the Pamunkey Tribe. The 2014 World of Pocahontas programming commemorates the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas's marriage to John Rolfe and the 17th-century cultural exchange of the emerging Atlantic world. Tribal members of Pocahontas's natal community will provide perspectives on Virginia's contemporary tribes, traditional culture, and plans for the future.
Oct 31
11:15 AM
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 Hennage Auditorium.
Oct 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.
Oct 31
4:00 PM
Things that Go Bump in the Night
Join Henley Fork for a spooky Halloween concert of songs and tales about ghosts, hauntings, and other uncanny happenings from the time of Jamestown to the present day. Henley Fork is Brian Forsman, fiddle; Doug Austin, mandolin; Barry Trott, guitar and banjo; and Lynn Trott, bass viol.
Nov 1
11:30 AM
Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia
Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors. Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. Copies of his book "These Detestable Slaves of the Devill" will be available in the Museum Store with a booksigning to follow the lecture.
Nov 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.
Nov 1
4:30 PM
Williamsburg Old-Time Radio Hour—Special Halloween Show
Travel back in time and attend a "live" radio broadcast. This special Halloween show features local legends and ancient superstitions, accompanied by spooky sound effects and live music. Bring the entire family to hear these entertaining, spine-tingling tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Nov 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.
Nov 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.
Nov 5
11:30 AM
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 face as they sought to keep "family" together.
Nov 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.
Nov 5
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?
Nov 6
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

Oct 30
10:30 AM
Music in the Museums
Enjoy live period music played on antique or reproducation 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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 30
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.
Oct 31
10:30 AM
Reverse Painting on Glass Workshop
Learn about reverse painting on glass, a popular 19th-century craft, then try your hand at it. You'll have a special reminder of your visit. $15 in addition to museum admission.
Oct 31
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.
Oct 31
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.
Oct 31
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.
Oct 31
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.
Oct 31
1:45 PM
Kids in Art
On this guided tour, families explore the galleries for depictions of kids in art. After the tour, create your own kid-inspired masterpiece to take home.
Oct 31
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 Vault.
Oct 31
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.
Oct 31
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.
Oct 31
4:00 PM
Behind Closed Drawers
Drop in to get a close look at "Textiles of the Early South," one of the museum's newest exhibitions. Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburg's collections.
Nov 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.
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.