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March 13, 2006

More value, same price for Colonial Williamsburg's 2006 admission tickets

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Colonial Williamsburg’s 2006 general admission tickets will provide more value with no price increases over last year’s rates. The ticket structure includes access to new programs and more sites in the Historic Area without increasing admission fees from 2005.

The new price schedule will be effective starting March 20 to coincide with the launch of The Revolutionary City. Designed to place guests in the midst of the charged atmosphere leading up to and during the American Revolution, this new live, dramatic experience will run from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. daily in the Historic Area. For 2006, all general admission tickets will include access to The Revolutionary City program.

The Capitol building returns as a feature of all general admission tickets because of its pivotal place in The Revolutionary City program and in support of Colonial Williamsburg's Education for Citizenship initiative.

Additional offerings for 2006 include one-day and two-day options for ticket holders to customize the visit experience with nominally priced add-ons. Guests can add new audio tours, special museum tours and access to additional sites in the Historic Area.

The one-day ticket, now called the Capital City Pass, is $34 (adult), $15 (youth 6-17). Capital City Pass holders will be able to add the Governor’s Palace tour for only $6 (adult), $3 (youth 6-17); museum tours of Bassett Hall and the special gallery at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum can be added for $6 (adult), $3 (youth, 6-17).

The Governor’s Key-to-the-City Pass provides admission for two consecutive days for $48 (adult), $24 (youth 6-17), including access to the Palace and museums. New this year, a third day can be added to the Governor’s Key-to-the-City Pass for $6 (adult), $3 (youth, 6-17).

The Freedom Pass returns as the principal extended-stay ticket, providing admission for up to one year at $59 (adult), $29 (youth 6-17); it includes all benefits of the Governor’s Key-to-the-City Pass and adds access to Colonial Explorer Tours (a collection of guided tours and themed talks that are offered most days) and a 50 percent discount on tickets for evening Colonial Performances (excluding holiday special event evening programs or dining events between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day).

The Independence Pass, which also provides admission for one year, is $72 (adult), $36 (youth 6-17), and includes all of the entitlements of the Freedom Pass with the added benefit of free tickets to evening Colonial Performances and seasonal special values.

Also new for 2006, is a single-day Museum Ticket to Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of the Rockefellers, and the special introductory gallery exhibit, “Masterworks from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection,” at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum for $6 (adult), $3 (youth, 6-17) that does not require purchase of a general admission pass.

Debuting in mid-spring 2006 will be audio tours initially offering three different narrated walking tours using MP3 players. For holders of any general admission pass, the audio tours will be available for $6 per person; without a pass, the audio tours will be offered on a limited basis at $15 per person.

A variety of discounts are available in 2006 on Colonial Williamsburg general admission passes for seniors (62 and older), AAA members, military, educators, and museum professionals. Also continuing this year, guests of official Colonial Williamsburg hotels will have access to a specially priced length-of-stay pass.

The Good Neighbor Pass, $10 (adult), free for youth (6-17), is available to residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County, and includes yearlong admission to the Historic Area and Museums, use of the Historic Area shuttle bus service, special discounts on purchase of evening Colonial Performances, and discounts on up to 20 general admission tickets annually per household, and seasonal special offers. Free adult and youth Good Neighbor passes are provided to College of William and Mary faculty, staff and their immediate families. William and Mary students also receive Good Neighbor benefits with their student I.D. Employees of the City of Williamsburg, James City and York counties also are eligible.

For more information or to book a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit

Media Contact:
Tom Shrout
(757) 220-7265