Museums in and Around Williamsburg, Virginia

If you are a history buff, then you owe it to yourself to take a step back in time and visit the various museums and attractions Williamsburg has to offer. From animals, to fine art and sea life - oh my! Colonial Williamsburg has it all. Did you know Colonial Williamsburg itself is the world's largest outdoor living history museum? Boasting over 173 acres of 18th century buildings, homes, stores and taverns, there sure is a lot to see. There are also many other great exhibits to visit! Check below for a full list of museums in the Williamsburg, VA area.


Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Enjoy the unrestrained exuberance of American folk art in its new home adjacent to the Wallace Museum. Both Colonial and contemporary artists and craftspeople work outside the mainstream of academic art to record aspects of everyday life, making novel and effective use of the materials at hand.Their creations using bold colors, simplified shapes and imaginative surface patterns, can be seen in the variety of paintings, sculpture, painted furniture, carvings, toys, musical instruments and needlework. 757-220-7984

Bassett Hall

Visit Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Hear the stories of the Rockefeller family visits to Williamsburg during the original days of restoration and reconstruction. Tour the manor house and outbuildings, including a teahouse, smokehouse, kitchen and dairy, as well as the home's surrounding 14 acres of gardens and woodlands. 757-220-7984

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Opened in 1985, this museum is home to an extensive collection of American and British antiques. See furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Musical, live performance and scholarly programs related to the collections are offered at the Hennage Auditorium, along with tours of special exhibitions. 757-220-7984

Historic Jamestowne Archaearium
Objects belong to Jamestown colonists 400 years ago, unearthed from the long lost James Fort site, are showcased in the Archaearium. Discover how archaeologists found the fort and encounter displays of arms and armor, medical instruments, personal objects, ceramics, tools, coins, trade items, musical instruments, games, amusements and food remains. 757-229-1733
Jamestown Settlement
A museum of 17th-century colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement chronicles the history of America's first permanent English colony, founded in Virginia in 1607, from its beginnings in the Old World through the first century of its existence and explores the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged there. Features galleries, introductory film and outdoor living-history areas. 757-253-4838
Mariners' Museum
The Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world. For over 70 years, the Museum has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of maritime artifacts. The Museum also houses the remains of the one of the most famous ships in American history, the Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor. 757-596-2222 or 800-581-SAIL
Muscarelle Museum
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Muscarelle Museum of Art by visiting our permanent collection and exploring many rotating exhibits. Located on the campus of the College of William and Mary, next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, the collection has grown to almost 4,000 works of art from many cultures and historical sites. 757-221-2708
U.S. Army Transportation Museum
Explore the world of Army Transportation at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum. Throughout America's military history, the Army's transportation soldiers have been "first in, last out." Experience the history of Army transportation through its equipment and soldiers.Visitors will get a glimpse of soldier's living conditions during Desert Storm and see an actual HMMWV used in Afghanistan. Located on Ft. Eustis. 757-878-1115
Virginia Living Museum
View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It's all at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia's natural heritage from mountains to the sea. 757-595-1900
Yorktown Victory Center
A museum of the American Revolution, the Yorktown Victory Center chronicles America's struggle for independence from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Thematic exhibits and living-history programs relate the experience of ordinary men and women who lived during the Revolutionary era. Features galleries, film and outdoor living history areas. 757-253-4838