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Exhibits & Interactive

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

Threads of Feeling

Threads of Feeling

Discover the stories told by simple scraps of fabric left to identify the babies at London's Foundling Hospital in this exhibition at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Changing Keys

Changing Keys

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

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.

A Very British Revolution

August 6, 2012

The American Revolution came from an old British tradition. Hear how the English were in the habit of rebelling in “A Very British Revolution,” a tour at The Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums led by Emma Ross.

Fire in a Crowded Century

March 12, 2012

Old-fashioned fire engines had to do much the same jobs as today’s, but they relied on classic physics and plenty of manpower. Curator Erik Goldstein describes the fire engine at the center of a new exhibit at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Conservation, Where Art and Science Meet

April 5, 2010

Museum conservators wage daily battle against 10 agents of decay. Exhibit Curator Emily Williams outlines the plan of attack in “Conservation, Where Art and Science Meet.”

New in the Collection

March 15, 2010

Objects rare and poignant joined the Colonial Williamsburg museum collections in 2009. Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections, Conservation and Museums Ron Hurst describes the finds.

Migrating Cultures

May 25, 2009

Foreign tools and family treasures came to America like stowaways in immigrants’ baggage. Trish Balderson retraces migration’s story through museum objects.

Mourning Art

January 26, 2009

Tangible expressions of grief keep lost loved ones close. Curator Kim Ivey explains the customs of mourning art.

The Carolina Room

November 24, 2008

Modern-day curators focus on reversible restoration techniques. Conservator Shelley Svoboda describes the renewal of the Carolina Room.

Captured Colors

August 11, 2008

Four flags survive through battle and time against equally long odds. Curator Erik Goldstein talks about a compelling new exhibit at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Fakes and Forgeries

April 14, 2008

Fakes and phonies are stopped with a squint. Curator John Davis discusses the subtleties of form.

A Rarity Restored

March 10, 2008

Two artists collaborate across the centuries: one working with a brush, and the other with a micro spatula. Curator Barbara Luck and conservator Pam Young describe the restoration of a rare watercolor.

Treasure Keepers

March 3, 2008

Good as new isn’t always as good as old. Curator John Watson talks about conservation at Colonial Williamsburg.

Mythical Beasts, Magical Creatures

January 28, 2008

Dragons, mermaids and griffins lurk in the museum collections. Christina Westenberger leads the hunt.

Pounds, Pence, and Pistareens

January 15, 2007

Curator Erik Goldstein describes the antecedents of modern coinage in a new exhibit at the DeWitt Wallace Museum.

Museum Renovation

January 8, 2007

Vice President of Collections and Museums Ron Hurst says refreshed exhibits and gallery spaces make two of Colonial Williamsburg’s museums warm, welcoming, and inviting.

Curator of Historic Interiors

December 19, 2005

Curator Emily Roberts enjoys setting a proper Christmas supper for 10 in the Palace.

Making Museum Exhibits Come Alive

October 24, 2005

Christina Westenberger discusses creative museum programs for children, school groups, and families.

   





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