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Portrait of George Washington

Portrait of George Washington

Explore Charles Willson Peale's famous portrait
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Historic Threads: Three Centuries of Clothing

Historic Threads: Three Centuries of Clothing

Explore antique clothing and accessories from 1600-1860 in this online exhibit.
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New in the Collection

New in the Collection

Zoom in close on the latest arrivals at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums.
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Conserving the Murray Sisters

Conserving the Murray Sisters

Walk through the restoration of an 18th-century painting, a modern process that reveals an ancient artist's hand.
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Coins & Currency in Colonial America

Coins & Currency in Colonial America

"Coins & Currency in Colonial America" examines the diverse types of money jingling in the pockets and purses of our colonial ancestors.
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Mapping Colonial America

Mapping Colonial America

Explore colonial maps from Colonial Williamsburg's collection in an online exhibition that includes maps dated from 1587 to 1782.
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Video

Changing Keys

Changing Keys

This exhibition explores the evolution of spinets, harpsichords and pianos in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Painters and Paintings in the Early American South

Painters and Paintings in the Early American South

Preparation for a new exhibit unites artists and conservators.

Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe

Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe

The accessories that graced the ensembles of history are on display at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums.

Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet

Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet

Museum curators wage daily battle against 10 agents of decay. April 05, 2010

Slideshows

Painters and Paintings in Early American South

from the exhibit Painters and Paintings in Early American South opening March 23, 2013, in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

A Letter from the President

from the article "Dear Eighteenth Century" in the Winter 2011 journal.

Coffee and Chocolate Pots

Coffee and chocolate pots whimsical and ornate graced the 18th-century table.

New Life for the Carolina Room

Folk Art

Snapshots from a Williamsburg Collection

Medals Lasser Collection

   

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Wooden Decoy

Wooden Decoy

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Quilt

Quilt

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Dressing Up

Dressing Up

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DeWitt Wallace Museum

DeWitt Wallace Museum

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Podcasts

Stories in Silver

July 28, 2014

Rare and beautiful silver forms share the social history of their users and their makers. Visit “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate,” an exhibit open now at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

An Organized Piano Restored

March 3, 2014

A new blog launching March 3 follows the restorative conservation of a rare survival: an organized piano. A piano combined with a pipe organ, this unique instrument towered at nine feet tall and seven feet wide.

Its restoration raises questions at every step. Repairing a broken element could mean erasing a piece of the object’s history. Conservator John Watson prepares to meet the challenges publicly in the Organized Piano blog, where he’ll search for the best balance of repair and conservation.

Threads of Feeling

May 6, 2013

London’s foundling children were orphans in the midst of a crowded city. The exhibit Threads of Feeling tells their stories, as well as those of their mothers.

Painters and Paintings of the Early American South

March 18, 2013

Painters and Paintings of the Early American South is a new exhibit focusing on the interrelatedness of Southern artists and subjects. See it at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Changing Keys

February 25, 2013

A 130-year span of keyboard instruments documents a revolution in colonists’ musical tastes. See the progression in “Changing Keys,” a new exhibit at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Curator John Watson describes the outlay.

Making a 200-year-old supper

February 4, 2013

Setting the table for a 200-year old dinner takes research and clever re-creation. Antique plates and platters bear historic foods in dining settings that reflect the season and the host. Curator Amanda Keller works with a team from the museums to lay out authentic feasts.





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