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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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What a wonderful museum. Took a guided tour that focused on the migration of artists throughout the time period. Our guide was wonderful and shared a lot of great information... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful museum. Took a guided tour that focused on the migration of artists throughout the time period. Our guide was wonderful and shared a lot of great information. We found the southern art and piano exhibits to be very interesting. We also attended a great presentation on runaway slaves in the Williamsburg area at the Henridge Auditorium.

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Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This could easily eat up a day of my time! If you have a particular interest--glass, textiles, etc., see that first. Or, if you love Americana, just plan to spend a day there. Luckily they have a lovely cafeteria for taking a break or having a nice lunch. For people with mobility issues, you really need a cart or wheel... More 

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Boone
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I loved the history of furniture & paintings. Decorative Arts was a subject I knew hardly anything about. Towards the end, I got a bit tired of standing on the marble floors.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We went here to complete part two of the RevQuest spy missions and were very impressed by the art and historic pieces at the museum! I thought the mental health exhibit was exceptionally interesting. The variety of art was impressive, including quilts, furniture, maritime pieces, musical instruments, and historical maps and portraits. Definitely worth your time as pieces are clearly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you are interested in period furniture and decorative arts, there is none better than the DeWitt Wallace. Every object is displayed by category with excellent explanations about each item. In some cases the displays will show you step by step how something was made. You can literally walk through time seeing how for example secretaries changed. The staff is... More 

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My daughter and I very much enjoyed the current keyboard exhibit showing the history of the harpischord and piano. There is a lot to see at this museum. There is also a nice quilt exhibit.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We toured this as part of the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Gallery. There were many interesting artifacts and exhibits. It gives you a better perspective of the life during colonial times

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Interesting array of historical, folk, & special exhibit (Pueblo Indians jewelry). Good place to visit to get out of the sun or rain. Friendly and informative staff.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is a fantastic museum. They have set exhibits and there are always new ones. Good for little ones to over 100. Usually there is a great activity for kids. At Christmas time always has a new ornament to make. Really fun for kids and adults. :) The staff are top notch with their knowledge and working with people. The... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This museum is full of beautiful and unusual artifacts. The pottery was especially interesting. The history of the musical instruments was good. The samples of colonial style furniture are excellent.

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Additional Information about DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Address: 325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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