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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Address: 325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
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Colonial Williamsburg City Tour
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: A vast collection (8,000 objects) from 17th, 18th and early 19th...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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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 NEW

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
48 helpful votes 48 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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4 reviews 4 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 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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
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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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Sturbridge
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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Absolutely loved the DeWitt Museum. An absolute must see!!! I liked the silver, samplers and furniture parts of the museum best!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Probably one of the best folk art museums in the country. Not to be missed at Christmas. It is filled with art from handmade dolls to quilts two hundred years old. If that's not you cup of tea, the colonial china is very impressive. I love this museum and try to attend every exhibit they have.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A small, but lovely exhibit of quilts that compared and contrasted styles quite well paired with another exhibit of period textiles (more quilts, samplers, embroidery). Nice!

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