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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German Toys
German Toys in America

This exhibition features a colorful variety of 19th-century German wooden toys from dolls and soldiers to arks and animals.

We Are One
We are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence

This exhibition maps the American road to independence.

carter house
Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg

Explore architectural elements from both surviving and demolished 18th- and early-19th-century buildings in the Historic Area.

Century of Quilts
A Century of African-American Quilts

This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public, spanning more than a century after 1875.

Dollhouse for World Made Small
The World Made Small

Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world.

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.

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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Explore all the Colonial Williamsburg historic sites and trade shops, including our two art museums, and enjoy the convenience of our complimentary shuttle service for three consecutive days from your first date of use.

Your Multi-day Ticket includes:

  • 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 for three (3) consecutive days from first date of use.
  • Seasonal discounts on additional evening programs, tours and carriage rides

Need to Know

  • Your voucher must be exchanged for a ticket at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.
  • 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

Dec 3
5:00 PM
A Charles Dickens Christmas
Readings from the quintessential Christmas author are paired with the music of Victorian England in a delightful holiday tradition. Gabe Stone, Stephen Christoff, Jan Tilley, and David Gardner perform on an assortment of period instruments sure to delight audiences of all ages. 
Dec 4
12:15 PM
Jazz for the Holidays
Stay warm before the Grand Illumination fireworks with the Harris Simon Trio (plus friends) as they share jazz standards along with jazz versions of holiday favorites.
Dec 4
2:15 PM
Jazz for the Holidays
Stay warm before the Grand Illumination fireworks with the Harris Simon Trio (plus friends) as they share jazz standards along with jazz versions of holiday favorites.
Dec 4
4:15 PM
Jazz for the Holidays
Stay warm before the Grand Illumination fireworks with the Harris Simon Trio (plus friends) as they share jazz standards along with jazz versions of holiday favorites.
Dec 5
11:15 AM
Pagans Paved the Way!
Many of our most beloved Christmas traditions and songs were adapted from pagan beliefs and practices. Join Kelly Kennedy as she explores this link through songs and stories, from plain chants to Santa Claus. Sing along!
Dec 5
2:15 PM
Music of the Season with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
Join Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as they share some of their favorite musical selections and recount happy tales of their long friendship. In this special holiday program for the entire family, John Turner (violin), Lee Welch (guitar), Sarah Glosson (cello), and Tom Marshall (harpsichord) perform music that these gentlemen collected, played, and enjoyed.
Dec 5
4:15 PM
Music of the Season with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
Join Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as they share some of their favorite musical selections and recount happy tales of their long friendship. In this special holiday program for the entire family, John Turner (violin), Lee Welch (guitar), Sarah Glosson (cello), and Tom Marshall (harpsichord) perform music that these gentlemen collected, played, and enjoyed.
Dec 6
11:15 AM
Holiday Decorating Tips and Inspiration
Have you ever wondered how Colonial Williamsburg creates all the amazing holiday decorations you see throughout the Revolutionary City? During this demonstration, a member of the landscape staff will fashion one of our signature decorations. You'll learn about techniques for working with fresh fruit, greens and other natural material. Pick up some tips for making your own Williamsburg arrangements any time of the year!
Dec 6
2:15 PM
The Christmas Tea Set
An 18th-century tea set brings three women together. Their stories connect them to each other, to a shared past, and to our nation's history.
Dec 6
5:00 PM
The Humors of Whiskey
Whiskey has been praised, reviled, taxed, outlawed, bootlegged, smuggled, prescribed for medicinal purposes, labeled as poison, lauded as “the elixir of life,” and condemned as “the devil’s brew.” It has provoked riots, raised rebellions, enlivened celebrations and inspired poets, artists and musicians. Come celebrate the 83rd anniversary of Prohibition's repeal with Gregg Kimball and Mary Smith as they share traditional songs, spanning the 18th century through Prohibition. 
Dec 7
11:15 AM
A Hero’s Homeward Journey
As the American Revolutionary War comes to an end in 1783, General George Washington begins his last march home. His wife Martha awaits his arrival at Mount Vernon. Will he make it home in time to celebrate Christmas with his family, a private citizen once again? 
Dec 7
2:15 PM
Virginia Evergreens
Timothy Seaman celebrates Virginia’s rich diversity of trees which so festively adorn the holiday season, with music on hammered dulcimer, flutes, mountain dulcimer, and psalteries. 
Dec 7
5:30 PM
Decorating the Private Homes
Join us for the 24th anniversary of this popular celebration of the decorating efforts of employees living in Colonial Williamsburg's restored private residences. Enjoy holiday decorating tips in the "Williamsburg way," an announcement of decorating contest winners, and musical interludes by Timothy Seaman on hammered dulcimer.
Dec 8
11:15 AM
Holiday Decorating Tips and Inspiration
Have you ever wondered how Colonial Williamsburg creates all the amazing holiday decorations you see throughout the Revolutionary City? During this demonstration, a member of the landscape staff will fashion one of our signature decorations. You'll learn about techniques for working with fresh fruit, greens and other natural material. Pick up some tips for making your own Williamsburg arrangements any time of the year!
Dec 8
4:15 PM
Origins of Christmas Traditions and Songs
Experience the holiday season through the music of past centuries. Join fiddler John Turner and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Kennedy for an evolutionary journey through Christmas celebrations.
Dec 9
11:15 AM
Joy in the Morning
Gather with members of the enslaved community to experience a music-filled message of hope for the holiday season. A spirit-led celebration of songs and stories illuminate the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in 18th-century Williamsburg.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Dec 4
10:00 AM
Exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Come explore the quirky and original world of folk art in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and an impressive collection of useful and decorative antiques in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
Dec 4
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 4
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
On this guided tour, you'll discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection--the basis of the museum's original collection!
Dec 4
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 4
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? Join the conversation on a guided tour, then drop in for a behind-the-scenes view of the museum's ceramics storage vault.
Dec 4
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
On this guided tour, you'll discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection--the basis of the museum's original collection!
Dec 5
10:00 AM
Exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Come explore the quirky and original world of folk art in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and an impressive collection of useful and decorative antiques in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
Dec 5
10:15 AM
New Decorate!
Drop in and create an inspiring decoration, based on our historical collection, to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah.
Dec 5
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 5
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
On this guided tour, you'll discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection--the basis of the museum's original collection!
Dec 5
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 5
2:00 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.
Dec 5
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
On this guided tour, you'll discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection--the basis of the museum's original collection!
Dec 5
2:45 PM
A Gift For You
Learn about gift-giving through history on this guided tour for families. Explore museum objects that were once gifts, and discover why gifts were given and who the givers and receivers were.
Dec 6
10:00 AM
Exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Come explore the quirky and original world of folk art in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and an impressive collection of useful and decorative antiques in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
Dec 6
10:15 AM
Hands-On Craft Workshop
Each week, enjoy learning and making a different craft inspired by the Museum's collection. Tickets are $15 in addition to museum admission. Space is limited so reserve early!
Dec 6
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 6
12:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
On this guided tour, you'll discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection--the basis of the museum's original collection!
Dec 6
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Dec 6
2:00 PM
Introduction To Folk Art
On this guided tour, you'll discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection--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.