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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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Amazing Collection of Revolutionary Furniture

The museum has been combined with the folk museum so there is a lot to see. Among all of the excellent displays is an amazing collection of furniture. I recommend spending a half... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

The museum has been combined with the folk museum so there is a lot to see. Among all of the excellent displays is an amazing collection of furniture. I recommend spending a half day here if you really take the time to see everything.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoy museums that educate us about colonial life and arts. They have excellent collection of early porcelain, musical instruments, furniture. It is also expanded to include the Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk art museum. A new exhibit of Native American inlay jewelry of the early 20th c. was one of the most beautiful I have seen. More expansion is in... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A can't miss spot if you are in Colonial Williamsburg. The collections are first rate and certainly tell the story of what was available in early CW life. Also one of the best museum shops I've ever seen.

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Queens, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I'm not into furniture or folk art but I loved it here. We spent a few hours just walking around, taking in all the exhibits. Loved the dollhouses, antique furniture, musical instruments, paintings & folk art. My kids are 11& 13 and they didn't complain at all. They even sat in one section and made their own artwork. We ate... More 

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

If there is one thing I am very fussy about is high quality furniture. I have never seen so many exquisite pieces in one place. This is nice to see after the village closes at 5 and you have time to kill before dinner. We sat in on an afternoon story teller event in their theater which was very informative.... More 

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very interesting. Wonderful miniatures and doll houses. Nice furniture. Attendants very knowledgeable. Many beautiful pianos, harpsichords.

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Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great museum at the base of Colonial Williamsburg. Well-known for excellent needlework exhibits. The café has a small selection, but the food is good and value-priced. Excellent shop.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

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 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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