Did you know Colonial Williamsburg has the second most popular museum in the Commonwealth when it comes to annual visitors? Or that our collection boasts 70,000 antiques and works of art, 15,000 architectural artifacts, and 16 million archaeological artifacts? Still not impressed? Just you wait…
In honor of International Museum Day, we thought we’d give you some fun facts about our two world-class Art Museums. Be sure to scroll all the way down for a list of five of our current and upcoming exhibits that cater to all ages and interests. Learn more about The World Made Small which features 19th-century dollhouses; Faith, Community, and Change which explores the first 100 years of Bruton Parish Church; and a children’s exhibit called Down on the Farm which follows the adventures of Prince, a carved wooden dog. We’re also excited to announce two NEW exhibits—one of which opens this weekend!
This exhibit runs gives you a unique peek into the past—literally. There are several 19th- and 20th-century dollhouses on display including a massive one that a contractor saved from a Long Island home that was scheduled for demolition. That house is roughly ten feet long and each room contains the most intricate details you can possibly imagine. Click here to read more.
Prince is a prized fixture of our family gallery designed with kids in mind. Using a storybook written specifically for this exhibit, you can follow the adventures of this special pup as he embarks on a quest to visit his cousin in the country. Each scene uses accompanying folk art pieces to highlight the storyline. Click here to read more.
This year marks the 300th anniversary of Bruton Parish Church. At the time of the Revolution, there were 100 parishes of the Church of England in the Commonwealth, including this place of worship still operating on Duke of Gloucester Street. When you visit this exhibit, you’ll see beautiful silver from the 18th century, the original Book of Common Prayers, and even the original weathervane from the steeple. Click here to read more.
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