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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 52 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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Los Angeles
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Lots of interesting and unique pieces. This museum is part of the larger museum complex, well worth visiting. Even our 9 year old liked it!

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Centralia, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Appearances are quite deceiving here! The building that one enters belies the size and scope of this museum. Entrance greeter was friendly and helpful. The gift shop was interesting, and I notice hand crafted scherenschnitte (paper cuttings) that were exquisite. The folk art is so varied and whimsical. This is great place to catch your breath and get out of... More

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Doha, Qatar
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Go for the amazing quilts on display, but don't miss the folk portraits, the pottery or the "Tramp" art! We couldn't see it all in one day.

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Ladera ranch
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

There is a great portrait section as well as a few other sections. I really enjoy Folk Art so I would love to have seen more but it was worth it. I did a tour and you always get more from doing that.

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place has everything from ship's figureheads and carousel animals to funny signs, to quilts and cross-stitch samplers to a wooden rhinoceros with a phonograph inside. Quite a number of early American paintings, too.

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Westmont, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There are few really strong folk art museums in the US and that is a shame. This is a lovely small one that seems to have a large collection but a small display space. It is well appointed with a narrow set of themes but each one is well done. It provides an interesting perspective of the regional folk art... More

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Irvington, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This museum reinforces what you see in the restored ares of town, with furniture, art, and other articles of the period. It is well done, as is all of the Foundations work.

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Hamilton, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Exceeded our expectations. The folk art tour is well worth the time. The exhibits are well laid out and informative. We were fully engrossed. Southern paintings and painters exhibit not to be missed. Only enhanced our appreciation for and understanding of 18th century life. If you are at all in to furniture the exhibit was equally amazing. Do the talks... More

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you love Folk Art or want to learn more about it, this is the place to go! The collections are diverse and amazing. Allow plenty of time if you want to read about all the objects. A great place to go to get out of the heat and humidity for awhile. There is a section for children. I hope... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wow! I always thought Folk Art was something I didn't like. Took a couple tours offered inThis Week and realized there's much more to it than I ever imagined. Plus the tour gave me a much better insight than I ever would have had on my own. Worse, I would have missed a really great place.

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