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Museum Programs

Family-friendly programs are offered throughout the year.

May 2014 program schedule

April 2014 program schedule

Check the Calendar for other museum programs offered during your visit.

Enhance your museum experience by participating in special programs at the Colonial Williamsburg museums. Whether you want to take an in-depth look at a particular artist or introduce your children to the exciting world of art by participating in a hands-on activity, you are sure to find a program you will enjoy. Live performances at the Hennage Auditorium, conversations with a Nation Builder, lectures by visiting scholars, special tours led by curators - check our calendar for daily program details. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

May at the Museums

  • Abigail Schumann

    The Unwanted

    Saturday, May 10 and 24 at 5:30 p.m.

    Join us as three 18th-century women reveal the heartbreak and the hope of mothers whose circumstances forced them to surrender their infants.
    $4 ticket required in addition to your museum admission.

  • Hildebrands

    Music for 18th-century Mothers

    Sunday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m.

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with our concert of colonial music about home and family. Featuring music historians and musicians David and Ginger Hildebrand.
    $4 Adult, $2 Youth ticket required in addition to your museum admission– children 6 and under free.

  • Threads of Feeling

    You Have My Heart

    Tuesdays & Fridays, at 10:30 a.m.

    On this special guided tour of Threads of Feeling you’ll learn more about the heart-felt messages mothers left with their babies at London’s Foundling Hospital.
    May 26 is your last chance to see Threads of Feeling: The London Foundling Hospital’s Textile Tokens, 1740-1770

  • Old Time Radio Cast

    Williamsburg Old Time Radio Hour Memorial Day Celebration

    Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m.

    Return to 1930s Williamsburg and attend a “live” radio broadcast onstage in the early days of the town’s restoration.
    $4 Adult, $2 Youth ticket required in addition to your museum admission– children 6 and under free.


  • China plate

    Crafting Gentility in Colonial Charleston

    Monday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m.

    Scholar and author Emma Hart will reveal how wealthy Charleston residents used imported luxuries and local goods to transform their town into a hub of gentility, and how it affected other locals, such as poor whites and enslaved African Americans.
    $5 ticket in addition to your museum admission.