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June 1, 2007

Magic comes to the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg with new family museum program

This summer at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, aspiring witches and wizards can explore the galleries in search of “Magical Beasts and Mystical Creatures,” the new family program 3–5 p.m. Fridays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Beginning at the new activity space, this magical journey allows children to explore the variety of fantasy beasts and creatures on exhibit at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Participants first design their own cover for the companion book “Magical Beasts and Mystical Creatures,” before setting off on the tour, where they will discover the history and folklore behind such creatures as the phoenix, mermaid, griffin, dragon, unicorn and hippocerous. Guests also will learn the importance of these objects in the context of the collections of Colonial Williamsburg. The tour concludes back in the activity space, where the new witches and wizards can design a 19th-century toy called a thaumatrope or wonder turner and receive a certificate of completion.

A separate $15 ticket is required for this program. Due to space limitations, one adult per family is recommended to attend. Reservations are required and can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location, or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

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.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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