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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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Address: 325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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This museum is light, airy and packed with fascinating historical sights. Among the highlights are the programs offered in the auditorium. When we visited, we saw an hour-long... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Columbus, OH

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Columbus, OH
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is light, airy and packed with fascinating historical sights. Among the highlights are the programs offered in the auditorium. When we visited, we saw an hour-long conversation between Thomas Jefferson and his younger incarnation. The presentation was fascinating, especially when they took questions from the audience and answered in character. The program is repeated periodically and fills quickly.... More 

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Herndon, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

These two museums appeared as one - I was amazed at the quality and variety of items - from historic silver to wooded circus animals.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Furniture collections, gun collections, dinnerware, silversmithing, construction techniques and materials--all from historical perspectives--were well worth investigating. Staff is very accommodating and informative.

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Oneonta, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum was so interesting that it occupied a great deal of our time the week that we were in Colonial Williamsburg. It offers several different kinds of tours as well as numerous presentations and musical performances. One of the best museums we have visited.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the finest museums I have ever visited. It seems the focus is on southern and early American artifacts including, clothing, silver, furniture, musical instruments and so much more. The day of our visit we enjoyed a talk about dollhouses by a docent and a very talented young man. The exercise included a chance to create your... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like artifacts, you cannot afford to miss this place. We started with the brief overview of the mental hospital that originally occupied the building then headed down to the museum. Furniture, Doll Houses, Indian Jewelry, Weather Vanes, Maps and the list is endless. My favorite artifacts were the Doll Houses and the Indian Jewelry. There was one doll... More 

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Lexington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

We did a quick walk through of the Art Museum. We needed more time. Lots of neat things to see, even kids would agree! We plan to host an event in the dining area. They can transform the "cafeteria" look with round tables and white linens. Looking forward to our business group enjoying the museum for our event.

Thank Ni S
New Rochelle, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Good place to spend a rainy day or even if you need to cool off on a hot day in Williamsburg. Found by accident but glad we visited. Wished we had more time to spend here and truly take our time. If you get a chance go visit. You will not be disappointed in the few hours you spend here.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Combined with the Abby Aldrich Folk collection museum, this is a lovely place to spend at least a couple of hours. I poured over the pianos and the miniature room and took less time with the fabulous furniture collections. China and silver rooms were fascinating. It was a rainy day, but the museum was still uncrowded. We also enjoyed one... More 

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Our docent gave a great tour. Her overview showed us the geography covered and her engagement with each piece of furniture truly involved the 4 of us in history, design, craftsmanship, etc. We also loved the dollhouses and musical instruments. Pleasant cafe, friendly staff. Not crowded.

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