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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 220 7693
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Ranked #5 of 51 Attractions in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 19th-century folk household objects (toys, kitchenware, paintings, furniture, etc.) are on display at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
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Frederick, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Simply put, if you have any interest in Folk Art, this is THE place to visit. Go to the Visitors Center, see the Rockefeller film, then visit both museums (DeWitt Wallace)in same location.

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Herndon, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The museum had a lot of different exhibits. Some were interesting and some seemed like too much crowded into a display.That made it not as enjoyable or memorable to me.

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North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

To actually see so many pieces of folk art that I've enjoyed in books over the years was an absolute treat. I highly recommend

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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168 reviews 168 reviews
48 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I always enjoy visiting this section of the museum. The folk art is enjoyable to look at and read about. A diifferent way of looking at our country's history. Well worth a stop.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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254 reviews 254 reviews
90 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My wife and I go to museums in pretty much each of the towns that we are visiting. And this museum ranks right up toward the top. The toys, tramp art, musical instruments, portraits, quilts, and other items are so very unique and interesting. Our tour guide was very informed and seemed to really enjoy her job telling us about... More

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Frederick, MD
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This was one of my favorite places in the area. We had a tour by a very knowledgeable women. The folk art is colorful and fun. I also really liked being able to take pictures, they actually welcome cameras unlike most museums. The gift shop had some fun things as well, and the attendant was very helpful. Also the chilli... More

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Jefferson, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The collection here is amazing!! You enter the museum through the old mental health hospital. From Paul Revere silver, furniture, paintings, china, pottery it is all there. Leave plenty of time to see it all!

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Fairfield, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I was mostly bored here. The exhibit seemed too sterile to be interesting. The only thing I enjoyed was the textile exhibit.

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McDonough, Georgia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the first part of the museum. As a Psychology major, I found the history of the museum as the original home to Eastern State hospital to be fascinating. For those who don't know, this museum was the first mental hospital in the United States. It shows how mental health care changed over the years. The folk art part... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Nice little museum. Get a break from the heat and visit. Thee were elevators for those who can't do stair. The exhibit of quilts, furniture, and art was lovely ...small but enjoyable. Would go if you haven't been. Bathrooms are also clean.

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