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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
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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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Greenville, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Changing of Keys exhibit of fabulous birth of piano from virginals up to the first baby grand. Included actual music played on some of the originals. Regular exhibit amazing from art, clothes, silver, militaria to colonial furniture.

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ulsterIE
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

A nice museum, well presented and a good variety of exhibits. The museum is well laid out and easy to negotiate.

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Toms River
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Moving the artwork from the old building to the new one allow the exhibits to be better displayed. The curators were most helpful.

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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

This museum, housed in the same building as the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller folk art museum on the grounds of colonial Williamsburg, is a showcase of home furnishings during the colonial American period. This is an extensive collection of furniture and other furnishings across the colonies and later the states. Take the guided tour if you can. It is short and... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Could have spent days here! A wonderful museum! Take their tour classes on the different subjects. See the class list in "This Week in Williamsburg."

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you're interested in the lives and artifacts of the Williamsburg town's people, this is the place for you. The furniture and ceramics collection is fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I went on a tour about fashion in that time period and the tour guide was excellent. There are so many beautiful pieces to adore.

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Cary, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

DeWitt Wallace is a museum that I have gone to for many years whenever I have a Colonial Williamsburg Admission Ticket. I think you can pay an admission but I have never gone in that way so I don't know what the cost is. Colonial Williamsburg is about $45 per day in 2014 and If I were going to be... More

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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253 reviews 253 reviews
18 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A collection of several museums plus an 18th century mental institution. We only saw about half of the collections, but the exhibits are done beautifully. The explanations are commendable and tie-in admirably with the eras being represented. The selection of items displayed demonstrate a great deal of thought on the part of the curators. We had intended to return another... More

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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23 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Some exhibits stay for years, but there are always changing exhibits that usually stay for months at a time. China, textiles, furniture, painting, silver and brass items, most of them two to over 300 years old and mostly American made. Current focus is on furniture and textiles of the southern colonies. Don't miss the more or less permanent display of... More

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