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

Sep 26
1:15 PM
A Change is Coming
Gowan Pamphlet discusses his hopes and dreams for dissenters. Will this begin a war for religious freedom and against the Church of England?
Sep 27
1:15 PM
Looking Forward, Looking Back
Young and older interpreters portraying Thomas Jefferson present Jefferson's views looking forward and looking back. How did the education of young Jefferson prepare the man to be president? What did he still need to learn to be successful? 
Sep 27
4:30 PM
The Irish Session: A Living Musical Tradition
Kelly Kennedy and friend share lively dance tunes and haunting songs from centuries of Irish traditional music sessions. Enjoy singing along and stomping your feet to old and new reels, jigs, and ballads, from the shores of Donegal to Irish-American communities across America.
Sep 28
11:15 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?
Sep 28
1:15 PM
Our Founding Documents: A Founding Father's Perspective
Where did our nation's Founders get their ideas? George Wythe the influence and inspiration of Enlightenment philosophy that is the basis of the United States government. 
Sep 28
4:30 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 generationa.
Sep 29
11:15 AM
Equiano Forum
Princes Without a Palace:
Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg
Explore the stories of captured African princes who negotiated their return to their homeland in this overview of the Atlantic slave trade. Featured film clips include portions of "The Slave Trade," a Colonial Williamsburg production, dramatizing a white American family’s discussion about the profits and justification of slavery; and “The Bloody Writing is for ever Torn,” produced by the Omohundro Institute at the College of William and Mary and filmed in Ghana, tracing the experiences of captive Africans from the interior who were detained on the coast before being loaded onto slave ships. Colonial Williamsburg's Equiano Forum on Early African American History and Culture seeks to broaden public knowledge about African and African Americans in Virginia and the Atlantic World during the Revolutionary era.
Sep 29
1:15 PM
Meet a Nation Builder
It takes more than stirring words and hard-fought battles to build a nation. It also takes farmers, merchants, 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 well-known historical figures to overthrow tyranny and establish a self-governing republic.
Sep 29
4:00 PM
It Starts Here: America’s Enduring Debates
Join us for a series of lively election-season debates, featuring Nation Builders wrestling with 18th-century issues that sound a lot like those of today. Each week features a different topic. Participate in the discussion with two Nation Builders, a historian, and other citizens.
Sep 30
1:15 PM
My Natural Rights
Meet a free matriarch of the Williamsburg community as she asserts her rightful place in a new nation based on freedom, liberty, and equality.
Sep 30
4:30 PM
Music to Get out the Vote
Historically, political campaigns often involved free alcoholic beverages and singing songs set to well-known traditional tunes. Join Kelly Kennedy, Carson Hudson and John Turner as they present tunes and songs used in presidential campaigns from the late 1700s through the late 1800s and beyond.
Oct 1
1:15 PM
Fighting for the Rights of Mankind
Gilbert du Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette, tells you of his experiences during the French Revolution and his unwavering support, even unto death, for the rights of humankind. 
Oct 1
4:30 PM
Well-Tuned Sounds: Music from Shakespeare's Time
England's greatest poet and playwright lived in a golden age of music. Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard of Avon's death with a concert of songs and dance music from his plays and from his fellow artists. The concert features Wayne Hill and Lynn and Barry Trott on lutes, viola da gamba, recorders, cittern, winds, hurdy gurdy, percussion, and voice. 
Oct 2
1:15 PM
The Art of Politics and Dining
Martha Washington is remembered as one of the most amiable and generous hostesses of her time. Join the young Martha Washington as she prepares her table for entertaining and explore how the role of hostess is a particularly political role.
Oct 3
1:15 PM
A Change is Coming
Gowan Pamphlet discusses his hopes and dreams for dissenters. Will this begin a war for religious freedom and against the Church of England?
Oct 4
1:15 PM
My Guardian, My Friend
The scions of two families, the Jeffersons and the Walkers, united on the frontier of the new world through hardships and aspirations, reflect on the parts of their lives that brought them together as they look toward an uncertain future. 

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

Sep 26
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.
Sep 26
10:30 AM
In Memoriam
During this guided tour, explore mourning customs and view examples of mourning jewelry, art, and textiles.
Sep 26
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.
Sep 26
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!
Sep 26
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.
Sep 26
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!
Sep 26
2:45 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.
Sep 26
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.
Sep 27
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.
Sep 27
10:30 AM
Hands-On Craft Workshop
Learn about the museum collection and enjoy making a craft too! New crafts will be presented every week. $15 ticket required in addition to museum admissions. Space is limited.
Sep 27
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.
Sep 27
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!
Sep 27
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.
Sep 27
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!
Sep 27
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, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy today.
Sep 27
2:45 PM
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.
Sep 27
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, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy today.
Sep 28
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.
Sep 28
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.
Sep 28
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.