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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229 1000
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Ranked #4 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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Savannah, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Lineville, Alabama
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23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was a rainy day and this was a good inside thing to do. My did I find out it was much more. This well laid out museum provides an overwhelming amount of items and info from the colonial period. All wonderfully displayed and fully researched. This is a must see part of any visit to Colonial Williamsburg

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Birmingham, Alabama
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118 reviews 118 reviews
58 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I love colonial style furniture and this museum has a great collection, along with a huge assortment of silver and pewter pieces and pottery. It is so important to save these pieces of the colonial era, and the museum has done a wonderful job...well worth spending time here. There is a cafe in the building, but we had just finished... More

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Upper Marlboro, MD
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The new museum is beautiful and full of historical artifacts. Great job on the renovations. This is a gem you cannot miss while you are in Williamsburg, VA

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Knoxville Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

From artwork of our founding fathers, to the furniture and housewares that they used, this collection is one not to be missed. There are permanent exhibits and others that rotate in and out. There is a massive collection of silver and pewter, candlesticks, sugar and salt dishes, eating and serving utensils and crystal. The folk art collection, The Abby Aldrich... More

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