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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229 1000
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$44*
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Colonial Williamsburg City Tour
97%
Ranked #3 of 30 Attractions in Williamsburg
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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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I'm not usually a fan of "folk art" which is a specialty of this museum. But this one is different in that there is such a wide range of exhibits something will grab you. If not the incredible display of furniture from "the colonies", then maybe the silverware or the doll houses, or the maps, or the muskets...You get the... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This museum is housed in the same building as the Folk Art Museum. I came for the folk art but really enjoyed the decorative arts wing too. So much to see that puts the Colonial way of life into context for me. I highly recommend that you visit both museums.

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Williamsburg, VA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very enjoyable and informative. Not over crowded and great exhibits. Everyone is nice and very friendly.

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Atlanta, GA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

You can lose yourself in this museum. It was established on the site of an old asylum, whose history is covered on the upper level where you come in. Downstairs in an added wing, It covers everything that was part of life in colonial America. There is a spectacular collections of furniture including a remarkable collection of harpsichords. The gun... More 

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Oriental, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We need several more days at this Museum, had such world class exhibits! This Museum compares to the Smithsonian... awesome is the only word for it!

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Entered through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street, the DeWitt Wallace Museum is open daily from 10am to 7pm making it a fine place to end your day or take shelter in inclement weather. With an extensive collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and silver from the colonial period and beyond and with the amazing Folk Art collection of... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Music keyboards, ie, early pianos & harpsichords. Many well - informed interesting docents. Auditorium had many wonderful presentations: Lafayette, African Princes whose kingdoms were stolen, Native Americans

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Lockwood, New York, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very interesting, we enjoyed all of Williamsburg ...but especially the museums..history is always a learning experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We have been visiting Williamsburg for nearly thirty years and I always like to make sure we see the DeWitt Museum. It has so much to see though it is not a huge museum. I especially love the paintings and furniture. There is one picture of a lady with a very slight smile. Most all paintings done in colonial times... More 

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Reisterstown
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Wide variety of art from the colonial period. We attended 2 shows. The first was a lecture about colonial ignorance concerning witches and witchcraft. The other presentation was a rendition of an old time radio show and we were part of the live audience. This was also very enjoyable and unique.

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