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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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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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325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did not spend much time here this year as most of the exhibits we had seen last year. There is a German toy exhibit which is interesting and several temporary exhibits on Native American rugs.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of these things where you could stay all day and just take in their collection. When I went they were expanding it. I can't wait to see their newest editions. My favorite place was the antique furniture. They have a collection of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 9 year old granddaughter and I stopped here as our last attraction after 4 days in CW and Jamestown. We were tired, but found the museum to be fascinating. She especially loved the toy exhibit and also the farm area where there are things...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

I was here just about a year ago, but came back to visit family and took a sister to see CW and the art museums. I enjoyed the museum this time around just as much as I did the first time (though I miss the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

Loved seeing the different types of metal used in the 1700's. The grandfathers clocks and the mantels were so detailed and made you wonder how they did such detail in that time period. The way they made furniture was interesting also. We would go back.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Their collection provides a terrific view into the early history of the region with impressive artifacts. They are also expanding for the future. This is a worthwhile stop.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

We have been to Colonial Williamsburg 3 times and visited the Art Museum on this visit. It was well worth the time and so interesting to see the artifacts on display. The tour guide was excellent!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Wow! Be sure to allow an entire day (or more) or this gem of a museum. Their collection is eclectic and well arranged. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

I found the antique weather vanes, carousel carved animals and wooden statue cigar holders beautiful and fascinating. Our guide was articulate on American Folk Art and while it isn't an extensive collection, it was a relief from the heat and a wonderful way to spend...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

Very nice. Lots of items to see to the period. Nice to do on a rainy day. Very interesting tours, including some for children. Lots of fun facts.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Tom W
January 10, 2018|
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bostonterrierquilter
April 17, 2015|
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We have visited Williamsburg many times over the years and a visit here can be an all day event. There are many folk area arts to view and the quilts have been displayed each time. If you have 2-3 hours to spend please do... More
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Zoey1996
Williamsburg, Virginia
Free Admission to the Museums at Colonial Williamsburg (1 Replies)
Just found this on the CW facebook page, " This Saturday, July 17, enjoy FREE admission to Colonial Williamsburg museums! It's our gift to you, as part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum." It includes admission to: •DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum •Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum •Bassett Hall If you've never visited the museums, come and see them!
July 13, 2010|
Response fromcolonialgirl|
This is a wonderful freebie for everyone. The museums are world class; and, we always enjoy touring them. Thank you for posting.
travelbug1504
Richmond, Virginia
Itinerary (1 Replies)
This is my itinerary for our first 3 days in Williamsburg. Any tips or suggestions would be helpful thank you! Day One 2:30 p.m.- Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center. 1. Purchase the Historic Triangle Passes. 2. Get a weekly program guide. 3. Make reservations for walking tours. 4. Purchase Carriage Ride Tickets. 3:oo p.m.- Check-in to The Historic Powhatan Resort {Details listed above} 5:30 p.m.- Dinner In hotel room. Day Two 8:00 a.m.- Breakfast at your...More
December 21, 2013|
Response fromZoey1996|
Overall your plans look OK. Realize that crowd levels will help determine how much time you can spend at a building, so plan your must-sees and dos, as you will not have time to do everything. Priorities, you know. Do you have your tavern dinner reservations? Those are essential at this time of year. Also be aware that you cannot purchase carriage ride tickets until the morning of the day you wish to ride, and they do sell out. On day Three, I don't see a mid-day meal break, but you may be...More