The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum houses a variety of the "finer things," including the world's largest collection of southern furniture and one of the largest collections of British ceramics outside England. Relax in the Portrait Gallery, attend a lecture or musical event in the Hennage Auditorium, or take part in a hands-on activity in the Education Studio.
Opened in 1985, the 15 galleries display furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms, and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Thinking about having a tea party? See how those with wealth and influence dined when you peer into the nationally important holdings of English silver.
If you missed the Public Hospital of 1773 on your way in, be sure to stop on your way out.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum (AARFAM), which will commemorate its diamond anniversary in 2017, will launch its celebratory year in New York City as the special loan exhibition at the Winter Antiques Show to be held at the Park Avenue Armory, New York City, January 20-29.
This exhibition is an outstanding display of military and civilian weapons exploring muzzle-loading firearms, ignition systems, and the evolution of the standing British infantry musket before 1800.
Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world. See some of our museum favorites—like the enormous Long Island Dollhouse made around 1900—at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
Open October 1-31, 2017
Many people have a fear of something. Even George Washington! (We can’t reveal it here, you will have to come and find out). During the month of October, visit the museums and, if you are not triskaidekaphobic, discover 13 common and not so common phobias represented by objects rarely exhibited. Throughout the museums you will encounter specially draped cases that dare you to lift the cover and face what lies inside. Will it be your fear?
Explore architectural elements from both surviving and demolished 18th- and early-19th-century buildings in the Historic Area.
Browse significant furniture pieces from Eastern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New England.
Celebrate the remarkable diverse objects that represent a unique, early southern style.
A wide variety of Chinese porcelain with a particular focus on pieces with histories in Virginia.
Explore fire and fire fighting in early Williamsburg through Richard Newsham’s Fire Engine, featuring an original engine built in the mid-18th century.
Discover how archaeological, architectural, archival, decorative arts, and trades components contributed to the process of rebuilding the history, structure, and interiors of the coffeehouse.
This exhibition dazzles with rich and colorful choices in table and tea wares available to 18th-century British and American consumers.
Featuring about 150 objects primarily drawn from Colonial Williamsburg's superb collection of British and American silver.