March 9, 2011
Guests to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Can Map Directions to Participate in New Programs This Spring
Guests to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg don’t need to ask for directions to find two new programs this season – “Focus on Maps” and “Maps and Migration.” The “Focus on Maps” tour showcases rare and important 17th- and 18th-century American maps and is offered at 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays, April 4-June 6. “Maps and Migration” illustrates transatlantic migration routes in British North America on a guided tour of 17th- and 18th-century maps. The tour takes place at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, May 5-June 9.
These programs are in conjunction with the new exhibition, “More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America,” which illustrates how maps and prints aided colonial expansionists by conveying attitudes and values that swayed public opinion.
The following tours will be given at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum:
The following tours will be given at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum:
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offers a wide range of programs for the spring season. “America’s Music” features a different performer and featured instrument or country each week and examines music that came from distant shores to become our music. The concert will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 22-June 7.
Guests enjoy live music in the galleries performed by members of Governor’s Musick on period instruments during “Music at the Museums.” Substitutions to the performer schedule may be made. The program is available at 3 p.m. on Thursdays, March 24-June 9.
All programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment.
A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to these tours.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 13. On March 14, museum hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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. 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 website at www.history.org.