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February 27, 2007

Museum programs let guests of all ages explore the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Bassett Hall

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall have a lot of kids’ stuff in store for families this spring. Museum family programs give young guests a tour of the galleries, and then they can create a piece of artwork to take home. Programs included in museum admission are:

  • Art Stop–10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, March 2, 30, May 4 and 18, and 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays, April 6 and 13. Participants are encouraged to explore the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and create a piece of folk art based on a daily theme.
  • Crack the Code–10:30 a.m. Saturdays, March 3 and April 14, 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 31, May 5 and 19, and 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. See if you crack the code as we investigate various secret codes used during the American Revolution. Geared for ages 8 and older.
  • Art Adventures–10:30 a.m. Saturdays, March 31, May 5 and 19, and 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 3 and April 14. Explore the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum on a tour geared just for families and create a piece of folk art to take home.
  • Stitch Detectives–3 p.m. Sundays, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, May 6 and 20. Explore the textiles in exhibitions and then explore your creativity with a hands-on activity.
  • Wee Folk–10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through August. Participants explore the galleries of the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg through stories and activities. Geared toward children ages 3-7.
  • The Art of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller–3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 14 and 28. Tour the new Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and discover the woman behind the collection.
  • Misadventures of Elsie Whitmore–3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. Travel back in time to 1847 and go on an adventure through the new exhibition, “We See America.” Hear the travel stories of Elsie Whitmore and play a game or sing a song along the way.
  • Principles of Freedom–10:30 a.m. Fridays, April 6 and 13. Explore the exciting events that led to the American Revolution and the forming of our nation. Then create a patriotic souvenir to take home. Geared for ages 10 and up.

    In addition, Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Colonial Williamsburg benefactors John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, will host Abby’s Art 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays from April 2-Oct. 25. Young guests and their families have the opportunity to tour Bassett Hall, examine the art that Abby collected and try their hand at making a piece of folk art to take home.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For information call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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