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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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Address: 325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: +1 757-229-1000
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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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Wonderful Temporary Historical American Map Exhibit

Since we have been to the Museum many times we focused on a temporary exhibit called Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence. The exhibit contains many maps owned... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since we have been to the Museum many times we focused on a temporary exhibit called Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence. The exhibit contains many maps owned by Colonial Williamsburg but also has maps loaned from The Norman B. Leventhal Ceter at The Boston Public Library. The maps owned by Williamsburg are not always displayed due to a... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is fascinating for anybody interested in colonial furniture and other objects. The entire facility is very accessible, open and easy to navigate. The museum is great for all ages.

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Granville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great presentation of colonial furnishings, pottery, quilts, silver, portraiture, arts/crafts, pianos, iron work, toys etc. Very nicely done, interesting and beautiful pieces.

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Wyandotte, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many museums seem too small or too large. This one didn't have miles of galleries, but wasn't barren either. It has it's own identity apart from Colonial Williamsburg, while providing plenty of harmonious support. Because I was traveling with adults, we opted out of the Halloween on DofG but loved the warm/comfortable option of An Evening with Poe.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

What would the colonials have used? This is the question this collection attempts to answer. It is housed with the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller collection and they form an integrated whole - it was for us the real fun of Williamsburg.

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Akron
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

You talk about antiques, this place has them. the staff offers suiperior tours and can answer your questions. The Volunters are very dedeicated. You could lkspend a whole day in this lkplace and we nearly did. It is an absolute stop when in Williamsburg.

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Thank Clyde M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This museum is connected to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum which made it convenient to visit both museums in the same day. There was more to see than we expected and we learned a lot. We would definitely like to come back and visit when we have more time. Visiting during the later part of August definitely has... More 

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is a must-see when you're in Williamsburg! The exhibits are displayed in rooms and in large common areas like the hallways. The china, silver and crystal pieces are beautiful and the descriptions help to bring to life the stories of the people who made them and used them in their homes. The dollhouse room... More 

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Northport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a wonder small museum just a short walk from the restored area. it combined with the Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. If you have a Colonial Williamsburg ticket and your kids are a bit older you really should stop in. There are great displays from the Colonial Williamsburg collections and interesting temporary exhibits. If you want to... More 

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victoria, canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I spent my time in the multi-room "We are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence" exhibition, of some 95 pieces from an age when maps were like newspapers, and household furnishings (spoons!) were propagandist -- totally fascinating; a highlight of our visit to Williamsburg.

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