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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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Artifacts Galore

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Karen F
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank JDN535
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank CGBfromDC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The DeWitt Arts Museum is the home of British and American Art from 1600 to 1850. It is outstanding! There are pieces of pottery, furniture, paintings, etc. A true collection of the period. It is said that this collection is the largest collection of period Virginia Furniture. It also is the home of the Henning Auditorium, where on certain days,... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

We did a self-guided tour of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art museum and were very much impressed with the historical artifacts on display. We were most impressed by the extensive collection of silver and chinaware on display. One exhibit showcased the silver workmanship of Paul Revere. There was furniture from throughout the colonies with an emphasis on the early South.... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We recently vacationed in Williamsburg and during one of the days that we were there, it rained. We decided to visit the local museums. We found it both interesting and enlightening. There was a wealth of information and we passed a pleasant afternoon at the museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Magnificent. The presentation takes the audience into the early life of Marthe Dandridge Custis Washington as she arrives at Mount Vernon after her wedding to George Washington in 1759. "I was raised to be a domestic goddess, not to run a plantation."

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

My review is also based on the Abby Aldrich portion as well. Not exactly sure why they are listed separate. We had a tour by a lady who educated us on furniture and of course being her thing she went on and on. Aside from that my wife and I spent almost three hours here. We were so impressed in... More 


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