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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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

Jul 29
11:30 AM
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 29
1:15 PM
Educating Thomas Jefferson: Philosophy, Law and an Enlightened Mind
Thomas Jefferson, as both a young man and president, reminisces about his education, the study of law, and the Enlightenment.
Jul 30
1:15 PM
Wild History
Revolutions and wildlife come together in this special hands-on presentation for children. Learn about the animals of America and their connection to early American ideals and views, and join in hands-on activities for the whole family.
Aug 1
1:15 PM
Lafayette in Two Worlds
The Marquis de Lafayette came to America to help fight for our independence in 1777. As a Major-General, Lafayette would take part in many of the most important battles including the siege of Yorktown in 1781. Lafayette returned to France after the war was over and a few short years later a new revolution was brewing; the French Revolution of 1789. Come and meet Lafayette in 1802 as he talks about his experiences in both Revolutions. What failed and what succeeded in this time in history as they strive for "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity!"
Aug 2
11:15 AM
From Revolution to Restoration
What happened in Williamsburg after the Revolution? Discover how the town survived hard times until it was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century. Program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg." 
Aug 2
1:15 PM
Children Broken by War
Explore the inner working of community matriarch Edith Cumbo as she uses her "Mother Wit" to provocatively enliven and engage children and families who are broken by the war. Watch them participate with her as she carefully uses her little audience to spin her interactive games, proverbs, work songs, and tales to forge a collective and universal bond.
Aug 2
4:30 PM
Age of Sail
Join us for an Age of Sail-themed concert with Colonial Williamsburg's Balladeer Kent LaRue and Emmy-winning composer and violinist Wayne Hill. Instrumental and vocal selections are included from the golden age of piracy through the Napoleonic Wars, with tunes from the War of 1812.
Aug 3
1:15 PM
Becoming Mrs Washington
It's 1759 in Mount Vernon. Meet the newly-married Martha Custis Washington arriving at her new home for the first time since marrying Colonel George Washington. Upon entering the "bachelor's house" she is taken aback at the amount of work to be done in order to make it a home. Reflecting on her life before becoming Mrs Washington, she questions whether she will be able to create a home for her new family without forgetting her past.
Aug 3
4:30 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. 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 faced in colonial Virginia as they sought to keep family together.
Aug 5
1:15 PM
Educating Thomas Jefferson: Philosophy, Law and an Enlightened Mind
Thomas Jefferson, as both a young man and president, reminisces about his education, the study of law, and the Enlightenment.
Aug 6
1:15 PM
Wild History
Revolutions and wildlife come together in this special hands-on presentation for children. Learn about the animals of America and their connection to early American ideals and views, and join in hands-on activities for the whole family.
Aug 8
1:15 PM
Lafayette in Two Worlds
The Marquis de Lafayette came to America to help fight for our independence in 1777. As a Major-General, Lafayette would take part in many of the most important battles including the siege of Yorktown in 1781. Lafayette returned to France after the war was over and a few short years later a new revolution was brewing; the French Revolution of 1789. Come and meet Lafayette in 1802 as he talks about his experiences in both Revolutions. What failed and what succeeded in this time in history as they strive for "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity!"
Aug 9
1:15 PM
Children Broken by War
Explore the inner working of community matriarch Edith Cumbo as she uses her "Mother Wit" to provocatively enliven and engage children and families who are broken by the war. Watch them participate with her as she carefully uses her little audience to spin her interactive games, proverbs, work songs, and tales to forge a collective and universal bond.
Aug 9
4:30 PM
Banjo on My Knee
Join historian Carson Hudson for a light-hearted look at the banjo and American history. Learn of the instrument's African roots and its evolution into today's familiar form. Hear tunes played on reproduction banjos and enjoy Carson's stories that tie the music to important events in history.
Aug 10
1:15 PM
Becoming Mrs Washington
It's 1759 in Mount Vernon. Meet the newly-married Martha Custis Washington arriving at her new home for the first time since marrying Colonel George Washington. Upon entering the "bachelor's house" she is taken aback at the amount of work to be done in order to make it a home. Reflecting on her life before becoming Mrs Washington, she questions whether she will be able to create a home for her new family without forgetting her past.
Aug 10
4:30 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. 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 faced in colonial Virginia as they sought to keep family together.

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Jul 29
10:00 AM
Exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum - Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments, Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art, American Ship Paintings, Down on the Farm (a child-friendly animal-themed exhibition), Last Day Open, Sept 5 - Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, Conserving the Carolina Room, Color and Shape: The Art of the American Theorem,  A Century of African-American Quilts  ----- DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum - Richard Newsham's Fire Engine, Lock, Stock and Barrel: Early Firearms from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection, Rebuilding Charlton's Coffeehouse, China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America, Silver from Mine to Masterpiece, A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South, Revolution in Taste, Early Southern Textiles, American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont, Birds, Bugs and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century, The World Made Small (dollhouses and toys), Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700-1830, We Are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence, Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg.
Jul 29
10:30 AM
Century of African American Quilts
Explore the exhibit of African American quilts with a guided tour. Learn about a century of quilt styles and techniques. Discover the unique stories of these ordinary people who were extraordinary quilt-makers.
Jul 29
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View the impressive collection of paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Jul 29
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 29
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View the impressive collection of paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Jul 29
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 ceramic storage vault.
Jul 29
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 29
3:30 PM
A Cabinet of Curiosities
What kinds of things do you collect? Explore the world of 18th-century collectors and learn about the rare things they amassed. Then illustrate your treasures with a watercolor painting.
Jul 29
4:00 PM
Meet the Curator/Conservator
In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.
Jul 30
10:00 AM
Exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum - Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments, Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art, American Ship Paintings, Down on the Farm (a child-friendly animal-themed exhibition), Last Day Open, Sept 5 - Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, Conserving the Carolina Room, Color and Shape: The Art of the American Theorem,  A Century of African-American Quilts  ----- DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum - Richard Newsham's Fire Engine, Lock, Stock and Barrel: Early Firearms from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection, Rebuilding Charlton's Coffeehouse, China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America, Silver from Mine to Masterpiece, A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South, Revolution in Taste, Early Southern Textiles, American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont, Birds, Bugs and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century, The World Made Small (dollhouses and toys), Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700-1830, We Are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence, Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg.
Jul 30
10:30 AM
Mapping the Declaration of Independence
Referencing maps and other museum objects, this guided tour will show you the Declaration of Independence as you've never seen it before.
Jul 30
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View the impressive collection of paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Jul 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.
Jul 30
1:00 PM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View the impressive collection of paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Jul 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.
Jul 30
3:30 PM
A Stitch in Time
Tour 18th-century samplers on exhibit. Discover who made them and why, then create a design for your own sampler.
Jul 30
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 31
10:00 AM
Exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum - Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments, Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art, American Ship Paintings, Down on the Farm (a child-friendly animal-themed exhibition), Last Day Open, Sept 5 - Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, Conserving the Carolina Room, Color and Shape: The Art of the American Theorem,  A Century of African-American Quilts  ----- DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum - Richard Newsham's Fire Engine, Lock, Stock and Barrel: Early Firearms from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection, Rebuilding Charlton's Coffeehouse, China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America, Silver from Mine to Masterpiece, A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South, Revolution in Taste, Early Southern Textiles, American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont, Birds, Bugs and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century, The World Made Small (dollhouses and toys), Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700-1830, We Are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence, Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg.
Jul 31
11:00 AM
Decorative Arts Highlights
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit. View the impressive collection of paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.
Jul 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.
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.