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

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  • 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

Jan 20
4:30 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.
Feb 2
5:00 PM
Working Wood in the 18th Century
Session One
Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking present the 19th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. Projects and presentations will explore the regional, stylisic, and construction variations in a range of 18th-century American seating furniture and the shops that made them, from finely carved high style chairs to the gracefully turned vernacular Windsor chair.  This is a multi-day program which requires advance registration.  No single day tickets are available for this event.
Feb 3
8:00 AM
Working Wood in the 18th Century
Session One
Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking present the 19th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. Projects and presentations will explore the regional, stylisic, and construction variations in a range of 18th-century American seating furniture and the shops that made them, from finely carved high style chairs to the gracefully turned vernacular Windsor chair.  This is a multi-day program which requires advance registration.  No single day tickets are available for this event.
Feb 4
8:00 AM
Working Wood in the 18th Century
Session One
Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking present the 19th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. Projects and presentations will explore the regional, stylisic, and construction variations in a range of 18th-century American seating furniture and the shops that made them, from finely carved high style chairs to the gracefully turned vernacular Windsor chair.  This is a multi-day program which requires advance registration.  No single day tickets are available for this event.
Feb 5
8:15 AM
Working Wood in the 18th Century
Session One
Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking present the 19th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. Projects and presentations will explore the regional, stylisic, and construction variations in a range of 18th-century American seating furniture and the shops that made them, from finely carved high style chairs to the gracefully turned vernacular Windsor chair.  This is a multi-day program which requires advance registration.  No single day tickets are available for this event.
Feb 7
3:30 PM
Outside the Box: 150 Years of Cigar Box Instruments and Music
Homemade instruments have been played in America since the earliest days of our country. But it was the lowly wooden cigar box that became part of a folk music tradition, beginning before the Civil War, continuing through the Depression, and having a revival today. Join historian Carson Hudson as he explains and performs "cigar box music"!
Feb 8
3:30 PM
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits: Lydia rose from enslavement to become an entrepreneur. Katie Marie was educated, and overcame a lack of resources to teach others. 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 generations.
Feb 10
4:30 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.
Feb 11
4:30 PM
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Feb 15
3:30 PM
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, as she explores the situation of Ann Ashby, who with her children escape the bonds of slavery through the efforts of her free black husband, uniting their family in freedom. Learn about the legal and social challenges slaves and free blacks in colonial Virginia face as they strive to keep family together.
Feb 17
4:30 PM
The President is Dead! A Photographic Study of the Lincoln Assassination
During the Civil War, the new technology of photography emerged as a way to record history. Join Williamsburg Civil War expert Carson Hudson as he tells the story of the Lincoln assassination through the examination and analysis of period photographs. Note: Some images may be disturbing to some visitors.
Feb 18
1:45 PM
From a Virginia Governor
As Patrick Henry prepares to leave the office of governor of Virginia, he talks about his friendships and political relations with some key revolutionary leaders. Hear what he thinks of his successor, Thomas Jefferson, and discover what he has to say about General Washington, commander in chief of the Continental Army.
Feb 21
3:30 PM
Outside the Box: 150 Years of Cigar Box Instruments and Music
Homemade instruments have been played in America since the earliest days of our country. But it was the lowly wooden cigar box that became part of a folk music tradition, beginning before the Civil War, continuing through the Depression, and having a revival today. Join historian Carson Hudson as he explains and performs "cigar box music"!
Feb 22
3:30 PM
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits: Lydia rose from enslavement to become an entrepreneur. Katie Marie was educated, and overcame a lack of resources to teach others. 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 generations.
Mar 1
10:30 AM
Crack the Code
Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at "cracking the code" using the spy techniques you've learned. Save the Revolution! Geared for ages 8 and older.
Mar 8
3:30 PM
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits: Lydia rose from slavery to become an entrepreneur. Katie Marie was educated, and overcame a lack of resources to teach others. 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 generations.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Jan 18
4:00 PM
Confidential Compartments
On a guided tour, learn about secret spaces sometimes constructed into special furniture. What was hidden inside drawers and partitions of desks, chests and cabinets--and how were the secrets revealed?
Jan 19
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.
Jan 19
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.
Jan 19
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!
Jan 19
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.
Jan 19
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!
Jan 19
2:15 PM
Focus on Furniture
You may be surprised 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 today.
Jan 19
3:30 PM
Focus on Furniture
You may be surprised 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 today.
Jan 20
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.
Jan 20
10:15 AM
Love Unites Us
What can art tell us about 18th-century customs of courtship and marriage? You'll learn some of the answers when you take this guided tour through the museum.
Jan 20
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.
Jan 20
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!
Jan 20
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.
Jan 20
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.
Jan 20
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!
Jan 20
3:30 PM
Maps & Migration
Eighteenth-century American maps were more than just geographical records. On a guided tour, learn what maps can tell us about early American migration patterns and routes.
Jan 21
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.
Jan 21
10:15 AM
Toys!
Explore 19th- and early 20th-century toys, dolls, and dollhouses in "German Toys for America" and "A World Made Small." Drop in and make a toy inspired by the antique toys in our exhibits.
Jan 21
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.
Jan 21
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!
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.