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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

Sep 17
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.
Sep 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.
Sep 17
4:00 PM
The U.S. Constitution: Then and Now
Celebrate Constitution Day, the 227th anniversary of the signing of this important document, with a discussion of how the 13 original colonies came together through compromise to form "a more perfect union." Historians and founding fathers will guide the conversation and answer your questions.
Sep 18
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.
Sep 18
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 18
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.
Sep 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.
Sep 21
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 22
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 1777. How did his new association with the Baptists 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 22
4:00 PM
Why Aren’t They Smiling?
A New Look at Civil War Photographs
Every photograph tells a story. Join historian Carson Hudson as he examines interesting and unusual wartime photographs, sharing the stories behind the emerging photographic moment and the myths surrounding Civil War images.
Sep 23
11:30 AM
America’s Music
Southern Music on the Front Porch
Enjoy an informal jam of tunes and songs that make up our southern American folk lexicon. Kelly Kennedy invites you to come, sing along or sit back and listen. This high-energy performance features reels and jigs that crossed over from the Irish as well as ballads and songs from the highlands to the Appalachians. You're sure to enjoy this traditional, time-honored form of entertainment.
Sep 23
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 these origins with performers such as Kelly Kennedy and Andy Cleveland, Carson Hudson, Stephen Christoff, John Turner, 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.
Sep 23
2:00 PM
Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival
Peter Pelham and Cuthbert Ogle:
Rivals or Colleagues?
Who was Cuthbert Ogle? And how might he have influenced music in Williamsburg if he hadn't died six weeks after his arrival? Discover what we know of Ogle and his potential colleague (or rival), Peter Pelham, as Colonial Williamsburg harpsichordist Michael Monaco explores the relationship between the two. Monaco will perform selections from the inventory of Ogle's estate.
Sep 24
11:30 AM
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.
Sep 24
2:00 PM
Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival
Music of Virginia: The First 100 Years
Explore the musical life of early Virginia with Sarah Glosson of The Governor's Musick and The College of William & Mary. Using details found in letters, inventories, and archaeolgical excavations, Ms. Glosson paints a picture of the cultural and musical landscape in the early years of colonial Virginia. This presentation will include performances of music for viola da gamba.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Sep 17
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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 17
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.
Sep 17
2:45 PM
Explore the Declaration of Independence
Bring the entire family to explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. After the guided tour, you're invited to create a patriotic souvenir to take home. Geared for ages 10 and up.
Sep 18
10:30 AM
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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 18
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.
Sep 18
2:45 PM
The Artful Animal
Bring the entire family for this guided expedition through the galleries in search of animals--in art. After your successful hunt, create an animal-inspired trophy to take home.
Sep 18
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.
Sep 18
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.
Sep 19
10:30 AM
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.
Sep 19
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.
Sep 19
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.
Sep 19
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.
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.