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Jamestown Settlement

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2110 Jamestown Rd, Route 31 S, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Great place to see if you are interested in early American history and life in the early colonies. Been here several times, but on the most recent trip really enjoyed the Tenacity exhibit detailing the lives of women (English, African and Native) who were influential...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank James T
Reviewed 5 days ago

We specifically went to the museum for the TENACITY exhibit, and we were not disappointed. The museum itself is a stunning structure. The exhibit included numerous artifacts from the early Jamestown and Virginia time period. There were stories of numerous real women from the days,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank boblink515794
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this site on a cold and blustery January day. No matter. The tour guides kept our minds off of the weather with their detailed accounts of life in this settlement. The Visitor Center is amazing and full of history. Staff was very friendly...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the guided tour. Very informative and interactive. They have 2 movies. 1 is about 40 minutes. I don't know about the other. They have a woman's exhibit running upstairs. Not as exciting as I had hoped, but it's worth going to. The cafe is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mrs-Mr-Wiggles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went through the museum. The Tenacity exhibit was OUTSTANDING. Then we went to the outside area where they reenacted Jamestown. Our tour guide was very informative. When we got to the boat area a young man got out many of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank henriettagal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see and learn. Give yourself 3-6 hours. Museum is small but packed with lots of archeological findings. Docents were very knowledgeable and helpful. Not sure if children can appreciate. Didn’t get to see ships at this time of year or the Indian village....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Susan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it was pouring rain the day we decided to venture into the Jamestown settlement, it was also the time of government shut down. We were not able to see the visitors center, but they were selling half price tickets to see the settlement and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dananickerson82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You learn a lot about how the early settlers arrived there. Also learn how the Native Americans got taken and treated horribly. FYI No pictures in a large part of the museum. See the ship, fort so you have an idea of how cramped the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PeterHa1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the time we spent at the Jamestown Settlement and learning the history of the Powhatan Indians and the recreated fort and 3 ships that brought the settlers to America. All was interesting and the interpreters were very informative with a lot of interesting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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We were on holiday in Virginia and as Brits we were interested in visiting this first English settlement. It was a great day, loads of history, amazing to actually stand where the first English settled in America. Great views out over the Potomac River too.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Kevin L
July 24, 2018|
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Response from Jodi H | Reviewed this property |
Parts of the museum are indoors and part are outdoors. All of the interactive parts are outdoors. So if you have a break in the rain, you can go out. For us, the outdoor experience was great! The inside is typical museum... More
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Response from N9122RYdavidh | Reviewed this property |
Historic Jamestown is the actual site. That is where the archeologists are, finding new things all the time. It is part of the National Park System. Jamestown Settlement is run by the State of Virginia. Everything there is a... More
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reddiguy
Redditch, United Kingdom
Jamestown Settlement or Colonial Willamsburg - which one? (2 Replies)
Hi there, I'm a little confused as to the difference between Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg - can anybody help? We want to stay in the area for three nights, which will give us two full days. One will be taken up with Busch Gardens, so on the other I think one of these 'living museums' will be great for myself, partner and parents to visit for the day. But even though I've read about them both on this forum, I'm still a bit unsure as to which is best, or most...More
March 28, 2008|
Response fromlonghorn74|
One thing you may want to consider in your decision is that Colonial Williamsburg consists of the actual buildings (restored, of course) on the actual site of the colonial town of Williamsburg. Jamestown Settlement, however, is a re-creation of Jamestown near, but not on, the actual site of Jamestown. If you want to visit the actual site of Jamestown, you'd want to go to Historic Jamestowne which is run by the National Park Service.
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Colonial Williamsburg Tickets--One Day? (4 Replies)
We are bringing our kids (9 and 11) to Williamsburg. We have tickets for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA...so we do not want any flex tickets. We do plan on going to the Jamestown Settlement one day. We are also considering evening performances of the CW official Ghost tour and/or Cry Witch. We may go tour the town of CW for 1 day. Should we get the one day ticket or should we just go explore on our own without tickets? What is the big advantage to having a ticket other than seeing...More
June 24, 2005|
Response fromWendymath|
You probably should have posted this question in the Williamsburg forum. You can walk around without a ticket; the ticket allows you to go in the buildings, as you already know. I am sure the Wmsburg people will disagree, but if you're doing Jamestown, you could probably skip the CW ticket, considering the ages of your kids. I don't think they would appreciate the difference in the two towns enough to make it worth your while.
nan1217
Wichita, Kansas
Possible 5-day itinerary - your thoughts? (8 Replies)
We will be in Williamsburg July 2 - 8 (Sunday - Saturday) but getting in later on Sunday and leaving early Saturday. We have the 7-4-1 Flex tickets so we can "hop" and we're staying at the Quality Inn Lord Paget. It's important to me to properly pace for our children (meaning that we'll be doing activities in the morning until right after lunch, back to the motel for rest time and then back out for other things). Please let me know any feedback you have or any correction to my infomation. ...More
May 13, 2006|
Response fromZoey1996|
This looks like a good plan to me. You didn't say how old your kids are, but this looks like a good mix of historical and frivolous. I'm an adult who thinks historical is lots of fun. You may want to time your visits to Colonial Williamsburg to catch both days of the Revolutionary City presentation. Rev City is presented daily from about 2:30 - 4:30 daily. Day 1 covers the 1774 - ? period, while Day 2 is focused on the end of the War (1778 - 1781). Then Yorktown, where Cornwallis surrendered,...More