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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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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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Surprisingly big, informative and pleasant, but not for everyone.

It was in the end of our day that we reached the museum, and later on I wished we spend a little more in it. First of all, its layout and planning are very pleasant, with spacious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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NYC
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was in the end of our day that we reached the museum, and later on I wished we spend a little more in it. First of all, its layout and planning are very pleasant, with spacious halls and clear mapping. You might skip it if the antique furniture (lots of it!) and china dishes are not your stuff, but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was more of the pottery and china and stone wear that the people who lived in the colony had in their homes.

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Austin, Texas
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is THE PERFECT PLACE ON A RAINY DAY to visit. There are countless pieces to see here & collections upon collections, from furniture, musical instruments, doll houses, quilts, old carousel, to mention a few,..... Also auditorium where music presentations can be performed, dining area. It would take 3 days to see everything there is to see here.

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Cockeysville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was quite a jewel in the heart of colonial Williamsburg. The collection of art was outstanding, ranging from colonial items to Native American artifacts. A real surprise was the General Lafayette presentation in the theater, which is free. I highly recommend this museum.

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Centreville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When in Williamsburg please make an effort to see one of the programs featuring the Marquis de Lafayette. I have seen him twice and he is so engaging and informative and after the program when he comes out of character he is a wealth of knowledge. Please take time to see him if possible you will not be disappointed.

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Absolutely enjoyable display of colonial history. Exhibits span the full spectrum of life in Williamsburg and range from clothing and wigs to musical instruments and needlework. There is something for everyone. It is easy to spend half a day or longer in the museum.

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Lake Wales, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Housed in the same building as Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum, the DeWitt Wallace DAM is a great visit. It really brings to life the world of 1770's Colonial Williamsburg.

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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

While in Williamsburg for Thanksgiving, we visited here two days. The first day we saw the special exhibits "Faith, Cjommunity and Change: The Early History of Bruton Parish Church" and "AMerican Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont. The second day we looked at "A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South." The number of articles was overwhelming,... More 

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Saint Louis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This museum has a plethora of objects on display. The docents/guides do a good job and encourage questions. This would be a good venue in bad weather.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

My wife is an art historian who lives to visit museums, especially those with decorative arts collections. This is one of her favorites. It showcases the styles of furnishings spanning centuries and continents. The furniture, the decorative items, the silver ware and serving pieces are beautiful. The descriptions provided by the curators present a complete picture of the pieces and... More 

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