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March 6, 2009

Stroll through the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and enjoy period music

Colonial Williamsburg’s guests can enjoy live music while touring the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum during Music at the Museums. The program occurs from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4 and 11.

Enjoy solo performances from members of Colonial Williamsburg's resident early music ensemble, Governor’s Musick, on two original instruments – the 1762 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord and the 1816 John Broadwood and Sons grand piano forte – as well as three reproduction instruments - the viola da gamba, the English flute and the English guitar.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museum ticket provides access to enjoy Music at the Museums.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The award-winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum houses the Foundation’s renowned collection of British and American decorative arts dating from 1600 through 1830. These include the world’s largest collection of Virginia furniture; one of the largest collections of Southern, British and American furniture; and the largest collection of English pottery outside England. Masterworks and period pieces acquired for Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area exhibition buildings bolster the museum’s holdings in furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, maps and textiles.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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