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June 17, 2011

Celebrate A Museum Birthday With Colonial Williamsburg

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg invite the public to the annual Museum Birthday Party on the Public Hospital lawn Friday, June 24.

Celebrating the 26th anniversary of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Colonial Williamsburg offers birthday cake for all, special tours and activities in the museums, a swing band for entertainment, Huzzah! BBQ Grille picnic fare available for purchase and a movie on the lawn after sunset.

The museum doors open for all from 6—9 p.m. with adult and children’s activities in the museums until 8 p.m. Special Introduction to Folk Art tours begin at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., while special Decorative Arts Highlights tours start at 7 and 8 p.m.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Huzzah! BBQ Grille caters picnic meals on the lawn 6—7:30 p.m. with a free cake and ice cream social following at 7:30—8:30 p.m. Beverages are available until 10:30 p.m.

The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra performs on the lawn 7—8:30 p.m. The evening’s film entertainment begins about 8:45 p.m. with the big screen showing of “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” Celebrants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie.

Should inclement weather interfere, the picnic, swing band and movie presentation will move inside the museum, and beverage service will end at 8:30 p.m.

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

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281