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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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

May 31
1:45 PM
Our Founding Documents: A Founding Father's Perspective
Where did our nation's Founders get their ideas? George Wythe discusses how he and other Founders of the nation were influenced by Enlightenment philosophy. 
May 31
4:30 PM
America’s Music
Unique 18th-Century Musical Instruments
Have you ever played the comb and paper? Have you heard of the sackbut, octave mandolin, or baroque guitar? Enjoy an hour with Stephen Christoff and hear some of the more unusual instruments the colonists used to make music. He'll even perform with a musical saw and musical bottles!
Jun 1
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?
Jun 1
5:00 PM
The Quartet
Pulitzer prize winner, Joseph Ellis will discuss his newest book, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789.  During an illustrated lecture Dr. Ellis will argue that American nationhood was a result of the efforts of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, with the support of three others, creating, adopting and implementing the United States Constitution. Come hear the unexpected story of how and why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would subordinate themselves to a new form of government. A book-signing will follow the lecture. For more information on this speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.
Jun 2
11:30 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.
Jun 2
1:45 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.
Jun 2
4:30 PM
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three African-American 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.
Jun 3
4:00 PM
The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against Thee
Founded by enslaved men and women in 1776, First Baptist Church has a rich and varied history. Join us on a journey to meet many of the leaders who helped it flourish through the centuries.
Jun 4
1:45 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.
Jun 5
1:45 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.
Jun 6
1:45 PM
God is My Rock
A local slave and popular preacher, Gowan Pamphlet, offers his perspective on slavery, religion, and freedom. He describes his life as having fought for his personal freedom as well as freedom of his religion.
Jun 7
1:45 PM
Our Founding Documents: A Founding Father's Perspective
Where did our nation's Founders get their ideas? George Wythe discusses how he and other Founders of the nation were influenced by Enlightenment philosophy. 
Jun 7
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.
Jun 8
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?
Jun 9
11:30 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.
Jun 9
1:45 PM
Thomas Jefferson & Patrick Henry Debate
the Relation between Church and State
Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry held very different views on the relationship that should exist between any church and the state or government under which it exists. Witness the well-reasoned but at times heated debate between these two great leaders.  

Upcoming Events in the Art Museums Events

May 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), 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 / In the 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, Opening May 28 - Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg. Learn more at http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/art-museums/
May 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.
May 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.
May 31
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.
May 31
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.
May 31
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.
May 31
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.
Jun 1
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), 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 / In the 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, Opening May 28 - Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg. Learn more at http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/art-museums/
Jun 1
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.
Jun 1
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.
Jun 1
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.
Jun 1
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.
Jun 1
3:00 PM
Mapping Revolution to Republic
You will be amazed at what you can learn from maps about the Revolutionary War in this guided tour. Join us as we discuss how the new Republic was established, and the critical role played by printed maps.
Jun 2
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), 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 / In the 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, Opening May 28 - Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg. Learn more at http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/art-museums/
Jun 2
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.
Jun 2
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.
Jun 2
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.
Jun 2
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.
Jun 2
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.
Jun 2
2:30 PM
Music in the Museums
Enjoy live period music played on antique or reproduction instruments as you browse the galleries of the museums. A member of the Governor's Musick provides the melodic backdrop for your self-paced tour.
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.