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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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Address: 325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A vast collection (8,000 objects) from 17th, 18th and early 19th century...
A vast collection (8,000 objects) from 17th, 18th and early 19th century America are on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
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A world-class museum

Originally built to house the decorative arts which did not fit into the colonial buildings of Williamsburg--either for time period or location of manufacture--the Wallace Gallery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Originally built to house the decorative arts which did not fit into the colonial buildings of Williamsburg--either for time period or location of manufacture--the Wallace Gallery has everything: furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver. Be sure to check out the programs being held in the museum's auditorium.

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Burgettstown, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Fantastic collection of everything related to colonial life. Art, antiques, quilts, musical instruments. You name it, they have it. Plus, it's a nice way to spend a rainy day at Colonial Williamsburg.

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houston
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Beautiful and educational. Convenient café. Excellent guide for a free afternoon tour. Fun afternoon.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I wasn’t sure what to expect at this museum. I was interested in the exhibit they had about the evolution of harpsichords and pianos, but there is so much more to see. There are actually three museums in one building here: the Public Hospital, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. I recommend... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The DeWitt Museum is a must see for anyone traveling to Williamsburg that loves the decorative arts -- period furniture, quilts, musical instruments, silver, dinner place settings, etc. It is all here. Great examples of furniture from throughout the South, as well as several examples from major northern furniture settings so that you can see the similarities, and of course,... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went with family on Thanksgiving Day before dinner. Was a wonderful way to entertain everyone. I have been to the DeWitt a few times in the past and enjoy their exhibits and lectures. It is definitely a place to visit more than once.

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Midlothian
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

While visiting the museum we stopped at the cafe for lunch. Although the serving line is cramped inefficient, the food was good, especially the crab soup.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

You can find ceramics from 17th century very well kept. Many unusual pieces of folk arts. Good visit.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Fun for your average joe but anyone into furniture would be in heaven. A favorite for us was the doll houses.

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Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

When I first visited Williamsburg in 1969 much of what is in the museum was in the homes and the Governor's Mansion. Since then their collection has grown and they have many more prize period pieces that are well worth seeing. There is also a section for kids that will keep them happy for a bit.

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