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July 25, 2005

Celebrate Christmas with the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg!

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Broadway and 5th Avenue Bus from George W. Brown and Co. (later Stevens and Brown Manufacturing Co.) Made of tin and paint.

Colonial Williamsburg’s annual holiday exhibition, “A Child’s World: Toys and Art,” will explore the joy and wonder of childhood through antique toys and colorful paintings from the outstanding Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum collection. Guests will encounter dolls, dollhouses, trains, fire engines, rocking horses and animals as well as period portraits of children playing with toys similar to those on view.

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will host the holiday exhibition this year since the Folk Art Museum, which is being relocated to a site adjacent to the Wallace Museum, currently is under construction and scheduled to re-open in October 2006. “A Child’s World” will be on display at the Wallace Museum Nov. 24 – Sept. 4, 2006.

Special exhibition-related programs for families, which are included in museum admission, also will be offered throughout the holiday season, including:

  • The Folk Art Christmas Tree, 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Explore 18th- and 19th-century holiday customs and create a folk art Christmas tree ornament.
  • Toys! 10:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Learn about 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century playthings while making a toy to take home.
  • Holiday Greetings, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 24. Craft your own greeting card during this family drop-in art program.
  • Small Wonders, Offered Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Check weekly program guide for dates and times. Tour with a museum volunteer and discover the delightful world of 18th- and 19th-century children’s toys, art, dollhouses and their furnishings.
  • Wee Folks, 11 a.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28. Kids ages 3-7 and their adult friends explore the galleries through stories and activities. (45 minutes). Note: This program is offered year-round but during December will have a special holiday theme.
  • Christmas Eve Wee Folk, - 11 a.m., Dec. 24. Meet a person from the past, make a holiday keepsake to take home and hear the classic holiday children’s story “The Night Before Christmas.”

    In addition, beginning Nov. 25 and continuing through Dec. 31, the Wallace Museum’s Hennage Auditorium will feature a cornucopia of holiday revelry from musical concerts to Christmas decorating demonstrations and storytelling. Most activities require a separate ticket in addition to museum admission and include old favorites like A Celtic Christmas, Fiddling Away the Holidays, Decorating the Private Homes in the Historic Area, Here We Come a Wassailing, Holiday Strings, Profound Joy, Christmas Music from the Jefferson Collection, An Irish Christmas Celebration, Hogmanay – A Scottish New Year Celebration and more.

    The Folk Art Museum currently is closed for construction and will reopen in a new location in October 2006. The Wallace Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Sophia Hart
    (757) 220-7272

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