Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

About the Museum


Installation view of Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home

Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Installation view of Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home
Copyright ©2017 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Installation view of Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home

D2017-JBC-0419-0008 Printed Fashions exhibit
Exterior View, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Courtesy Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Exterior View, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

D2016-JBC-1018-0013 Public Hospital - Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg exterior views
Installation view of From Forge and Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron
Copyright ©2015 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Installation view of From Forge and Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron

D2016-JBC-1128-0020 From Forge and Furnace exhibit
Installation view of A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South
Copyright ©2015 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Installation view of A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South

D2016-JBC-0311-0005 A Rich & Varied Culture exhibit

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg house the distinctive collections of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum under one roof. The DeWitt Wallace’s 15 galleries feature the world’s largest collection of southern furniture; a superb array of paintings, glass, firearms, and textiles from the 17th to the 19th century; and the most extensive display of British ceramics outside England. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum was the world’s first dedicated folk art museum, and today boasts more than 7,000 works. Spanning painting, sculpture, needlework, furniture and pottery these holdings provide a uniquely rich insight into American material culture. Visitors to the Art Museums are encouraged to enter or exit via the historic Public Hospital of 1773, one of the first of its kind in America, and view its fascinating exhibits detailing 18th- and 19th-century treatments for mental illness.

(Photo: Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg)

Collection Highlights


The Full Basket

Charles Willson Peale

Portrait of George Washington
Weathervane
Double Chest of Drawers

Craven Pottery

Water Cooler
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg: Collection Highlights
The Full Basket, c.1825
paint on cotton velvet
paint on cotton velvet

Charles Willson Peale

Portrait of George Washington, 1780
oil on linen
Gift of John D Rockefeller, Jr. Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Weathervane, 1850-1880
iron, pine, paint, and gilt
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1933.700.1. Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Double Chest of Drawers, 1765-1780
mahogany, bald cypress, and tulip poplar
Museum Purchase, 1974-166. Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Craven Pottery

Water Cooler
Museum Purchase, Dr and Mrs T Marshall Hahn Jr Fund and C Thomas Hamlin III Fund, 2014.900.4. Courtesy of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
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