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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229 1000
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Ranked #3 of 51 attractions in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Glendale, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful collection -- wonderful curation. Staff/guards were friendly, full of good information. A great place to visit for those interested in music of the 18th and 19th century, art and artifacts from that period!

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Tybee Island, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent exhibits and very new and clean. There was a mind blowing exhibit of firearms of the period as well as furnishings etc. Nice little cafe downstairs.

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Great collections in this museum. Nice place to visit on a hot day to get out of the sun for awhile. May not be interesting for young children.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

The silver collection was my favorite section. There were many types on art displayed. Allow plenty of time to tour. We did not and were not able to learn as much as we could.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have come here many times over the years and always discover something new. I love all of the exhibits and the museum is so large you can wander forever, finding something wonderful around each corner. The furniture is especially lovely - I wish I could take a lot of it home with me! The silver collection is well done... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The DeWitt Wallace museum was my favorite activity in Williamsburg. There are so many interesting exhibits with tons of items in each area. My favorite exhibits were the dishes and the silver collections. Make sure to go through the small currency exhibit. I wish I had budgeted more time to this museum and had taken the tour.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The museum is great on its own, but be sure to check This Week to see what special tours or programs are available. The tours are only about an hour, but usually led by a staff member knowledgable in the area and you get a deeper appreciation of what you're seeing than just going thru on your own.

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Coplay, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

What a pleasant surprise for a museum in Williamsburg. Very well done, and a great display of paintings, furniture and pianos. A great pairing to the folk museum. More for adults than young children.

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Huntington, West Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited here about six years ago, but we were anxious to visit again. Many excellent exhibits on view, including one about early American money -sounds dull, but it was fascinating! We spent quite a bit of time in the American Furniture from Virginia to Vermont; Painters and Paintings in the Early American South; and Changing Keys - Keyboard Instruments... More

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Cambridge, Ontario
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was one of the best smaller museums I've visited. Very user-friendly with comfy places to sit. The displays were very interesting and the size was not overwhelming. I highly recommend a visit there.

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