Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Settlement
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • cooker72
    Victoria, Texas974 contributions
    A Part of The Colonial Parkway!
    This was a very nice visitor center with nice artifacts! No movie was available…. Even though we had a NP pass, an additional fee was required! It was raining, so we did not walk the grounds….not much to the driving tour.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Doughboysigep
    Delhi, New York192 contributions
    Way more than I remember!
    Although it was there, I do not remember the inside displays at Jamestown Settlement! There was a lot to see here. The inside stuff was very interesting. The living museum was great too - Indian village, ships, and fort. Very cool place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Kathleen
    Joplin, Missouri568 contributions
    Great Time!
    We were fortunate to visit during the Military through the Ages event. The number of reenactors present was outstanding. From ancient Greece to Grenada there were units from every era. We especially enjoyed the Civil War band playing. In addition, getting to board replicas of the ships that came to Jamestown was fun. I know the special event made our visit all the more entertaining.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 14, 2023
  • patriotsgirl58313
    Virginia65 contributions
    Early American History at its best
    It had been so many years since I last visited Jamestown Settlement. It is such a beautiful museum inside and out. I HIGHLY recommend seeing the movie '1607: A Nation Takes Root' before visiting the museum itself. The mivie will give you a quick history lesson and help you with your visit at Jamestown. The ships are replicas but they are still incredible. The fort and the Indian village were educational too but my favorite was the indoor timeline exhibits. They were so beautiful they took my breath away.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Jill M
    21 contributions
    Visit the Settlement and the ships!
    We visited in the rain and were still able to see the settlement and the ships. The museum is well laid out and easy to traverse from one time period to the next. The movies were informative and very well produced. This museum had a lot of interactive stations that kept you from just strolling past reading. The outside re-creations of dwellings and the settlement were very well done and made you feel like you were actually a part of that time period.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Sara M
    13 contributions
    For the History Lover, this is the museum you don't want to miss!
    WOW! I visited in 2012 and there's been a lot of changes added to the museum portion. That was one of the best museums I've ever visited. It was very well informed, great use of artifacts and recreations, and the layout was easy to navigate and eye popping. We didn't watch the film since I show it to my students each year, but I can confirm 1607: A Nation Takes Root is a fantastic short film. My child and I enjoyed the Native American village, the reenactors who were explaining some of the activities they were doing, the fort itself with those reenactors, and of course the two boats. We spent the morning there which felt like enough time to see what we wanted to see!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Tamara C
    11 contributions
    History Revealed
    As a history buff, I worried this would be too "Disneyland-ish." NOT AT ALL! The historical interpreters were very knowledgeable about this lengthy and complex history and the excavations done since 1994. Site is very well done and impressive. Could have stayed several more hours to see everything and walk the grounds more. Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Dan J
    6 contributions
    Enjoyable history for the kids
    The settlement is very well laid out and provides the perfect amount of reading, live action, and hands-on experience for children (and kids at heart). The Intro movie is optional; I wouldn't wait more than 10 min for a showing. Expect 2-3 hours to tour the various cultural sites, the ships, and the indoor walking tour. *Don't forget to stop by the Glass-blowing shop...probably one of the top sites.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Brian S
    Sumter, South Carolina71 contributions
    you'll need more than 1 visit to experience everything.
    First time visiting Williamsburg and since we live History visiting the Jamestown Settlement was an easy decision. We arrived about 11am and completed everything at about 5pm. We started with the outdoor attractions first because of the heat and weather. Kids liked the Indian Village and the Role players were very knowledgeable and helpful. Next we went to the Colonial Ships at the River which were the highlight. Lived that we can go on board and walk around. Having role players in costume was Awesome. After that we went through the Colonial Village Fort and walked through all the Houses, Governors House, Farm, and Even watched one actor fire a replica musket. After a short time we went inside the actual museum and walked around inside finishing our day. They had some really cool exhibits including a movie about beacons rebellion that was really done expertly. My Wife and daughter really loved the interactive exhibits that brought the female colonists to life and gave them a voice and made it more personal and revealing. This was one of the best museums we have been to and really had a great time. Even one of our Kids who doesn't normally do history got involved and said she really enjoyed this museum. Great exhibits and a great staff that was always friendly and very Knowledgeable. This Attraction has so much to offer that i would recommend this as a stand alone Day visit. You'll really be here all day and still not get everything done. They have really nice Cafe for lunch and a cash only Ice Cream and drink area between the Indian Village and the ships so make sure you have cash. Inside the Cafe takes Credit cards. The gift shop was huge and full of everything Colonial and Virginia. This was an awesome experience my whole family really enjoyed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Michael W
    Warwick, Rhode Island32 contributions
    Jamestown Settlement museum is outstanding.
    The museum is excellent with lots of great information from different perspectives. Includes some great videos. I'd score the museum and facilities a 10. The outdoor James Fort and other features are okay but there's not much you can do with a replica of huts or other 17th century structures. Those I would give a 6. They do have some costumed staff adding some support.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
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rcsobull
29 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I visited the Jamestown settlement on February 1st 2020. The indoor museum was done very nicely with a lot of interaction and information available. The outside was by guide only. We had three guides. One at the Powhatan village, one at the ships, and one at the fort. The tours were very rushed! I ended up falling into a group with about 20 people. the guide would walk to the next exhibit and just start talking and not wait for the rest of the group to join. You are unable to go off by yourself and explore. I'm the kind of person that likes to take my time exploring every nook and cranny especially if I'm paying for it. For example, when we got to the fort we only walked through two buildings and one of them I had to listen from the outside of the building to what the guide had to say about it because the group was so large. They gave our group approximately 5 minutes to explore the large ship. In other words, walk through it but don't look or touch anything and hurry up. At the end of the tour I briefly spoke with the guide about my frustration and was told to return in about a month and I could have more time to do what I wanted. So if you're kind of a history buff do not visit in the winter months! Or to the Jamestown settlement, allow your paying guest to explore without a guide rushing you along.
Written February 2, 2020
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Corey M
Toms Brook, VA78 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I were thankful to have visited here. Typically, the outside is only viewable by a guided tour. Due to the amount of people, they allowed us to free flow and browse by ourselves.

The settlement/fort area was neat to see. There were some people dressed up sharing history inside some of the buildings. However, we image there would be many more demonstrations if the weather was warmer. The day we went was cold and windy, but was grateful for what we were able to see.

Being able to climb aboard the replica of one of the ships was probably our highlight. Seeing the tight quarters they would have to live in, really put things in perspective for us.

The museum was well laid out and very informative for museum and history lovers alike.
Written January 21, 2020
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CT71
Pittsburgh, PA15 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
The Jamestown Settlement was a great experience for our family and the best location at Colonial Williamsburg to balance Covid considerations with reason and common sense for visiting guests. The guidelines were self explanatory and didn’t feel so restrictive. Seating at the two movie theaters was spread out. Tour sizes were limited within the outdoor buildings, but crowds weren’t an issue. There were enough outdoor demonstrations with engaging and knowledgeable staff that people flowed easily through the site. The boat had a line to board, but you could see everything from the dock anytime. We were so thankful for the cafe that was open for lunch. The staff were friendly, the food was great for a cafeteria, and the prices were reasonable. I had homemade soup, my kids had good sized healthy kids meals, my husband got a made to order rueben. After visiting Colonial Williamsburg where there was hardly anything opened and no way to get lunch without going to the main part of town, it was a really nice alternative experience at Jamestown. The museum exhibits were interesting for all of us, including kids under 10. The two movies helped to set the tone and introduce us to the settlement. Definitely recommend visiting!
Written April 6, 2021
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Pittsburgher
Chattanooga, TN11 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Only had two days in Williamsburg so did an unticketed after-hours stroll through Colonial Williamsburg on arrival yesterday, then spent several hours at Jamestowne Settlement today. For the very reasonable $18 admission per person, we spent a couple of hours wandering the replica tribal village, the boats and the fort, and then another two hours at the exhibits in the main building. While these are not the original buildings they were very well-presented and the interpreters did a great job of answering questions. The indoor films and exhibits were beautifully done. I’m not sure that it would be enjoyable for very young children but most of the adults and older kids we saw seemed to be having a good time.
Written June 10, 2022
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Steve R
Jackson, WY40 contributions
Oct 2021
This educational museum about the founding of Jamestown is one of the best museums we have ever experienced in our travels around the country. Presents the Jamestown adventure from all perspectives: Natives, whites, and slaves. Be aware that the indoor exhibits will take a considerable amount of time if you try to take it all in. Then there is the outdoor re-creations of the fort, the Indian village, and the three ships to explore. Well worth the time and admission.
Written October 22, 2021
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Jillian21804
Salisbury, MD17 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
This trip was the first weekend open after the virus. This museum and its outside re-enactments were so informative and taught the children and I a lot! We planned to be there for 2ish hours but ended up staying for 5 hours! The inside was just as interesting. I suggest going outside first so the kids can experience the time period then when you visit the inside museum they will see items they touched or heard about by the actors. It was great to see them connecting their learning! The movies and artifacts were great! My kids 6,6,&9 loved them!
Written June 29, 2020
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4adventures
409 contributions
Apr 2022
We purchased the Single Day Combo ticket (includes): Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum. This allows a (1) Single day visit ticket to each museum. Meaning you get (1) visit to each museum location. There are many combination tickets you can get but this worked the best for our visit. These museums are GREAT and are WELL worth the price of admission. Allow enough time to see both. We thought 1-2 hours would be enough but it would not be. So allow yourself not to be rushed and enjoy the history. The museum and staff here do a wonderful job and are friendly. FYI, the National Park service operates the " Historic Jamestown" just around the corner which has the Glasshouse and other exhibits (separate and a fee). These are independent of this museum.
Written April 28, 2022
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crrd31
DC2 contributions
May 2021
Museum/exhibits are fantastic. It presents the perspectives of native tribes, English settlers, and the African slaves they brought/encountered, without any romantic notion of nationalism or destiny. Just a thoughtful recounting of how difficult settling in a new land is, and the challenges and failures they faced.

Great destination if the weather is questionable. Plenty to do inside (museum) or out (fort, ships, native village).
Written May 3, 2021
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Dianna M
South Amboy, NJ1,004 contributions
Nov 2019
Had the opportunity to visit Jamestown settlement in Williamsburg Virginia in early November 2019. From the moment you step into the museum there is so much to see and explore. From the start of our great nation in 1607 with arrival of settlers from England thru most of the 1600's is displayed in a amazing way. So much to take in the that you can spend several hours. History of Powhatan tribe and the story of Pocahontas and John Smith. Then onto the outdoor area of actors portraying Powhatan tribe with the huts they lived in. Amazing what they did to survive and live. Then onto the Jamestown fort with a chance to see a musket being Fired, lessons from the Blacksmith and learned how to farm and preserve food during the 1600's. Walk by the replicas of the ships that brought the English settlers to the New world. Great time learning so much. Definitely would recommend.
Written January 7, 2020
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Randy M
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
At 2 pm we started a journey guided by Will who took us on a trip back through time when Jamestown was first settled by Europeans. He was a one man show that explained in detail in an English accent that was spot on what life was like back then. Excellent! The museum with 3 million artifacts was great too!
Written December 27, 2021
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