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 Founding Father, lectures by visiting scholars, special tours led by curators - you are certain to enjoy programs at the museums. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
Check the Calendar for daily program details.
You Have My Heart
Mondays & Thursdays in October & November except Oct 21 & November 28, 10:30 a.m.
On a guided tour, explore the exhibition "Threads of Feeling" and learn more about the heart-felt messages mothers left with their babies at London's Foundling Hospital.
Wednesdays in October & November, 1:45 p.m.
During this guided tour explore the hidden stories behind objects on display such as paintings, ceramics, textiles and more. Discover who made the object and why or how it wound up in the CW collection.
The Art-Full Tree
Fridays in October & November except October 18, 10:30 a.m.
Take a tour of the Folk Art Museum with one of the authors of "The Art-Full Tree." Then, you'll be invited to create your own art-inspired ornament to take home.
$5 in addition to museum admission, limited to 40 people.
Divided Friends, Gentle Hearts
November 6 & 21, 4:00 p.m.
Before the Civil War, Northern reformer Dorothea Dix and Williamsburg resident Sally Galt were friends. During the war, Ms. Dix assumed greater responsibilities as Sally lost her brother and genteel lifestyle. Despite the bitter war they remained close to one another. This interactive program allows visitors to meet both women and learn the story of their unusual bond
Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Included in museum admission.
Enjoy music played and enjoyed by British colonists in 17th- and 18th-century America including many unique instruments came with the colonists as they traveled to their new country.
- What Lies Ahead? with folklorists Kelly Kennedy & Andy Cleveland – October 29
Discover how music helped new immigrants cope with the uncertainty of what lay ahead in their new land.
- Scotland’s Music in America with master fiddler John Turner – November 12
Scottish tunes were especially popular for dancing and George Washington and other members of his family are said to have enjoyed "songs by Robert Burns about the lads and lasses of Scotland".
- Virginia’s Wildlife in Folk Music with multi-instrumentalist Timothy Seaman – November 19
Explore wildlife in the Old Dominion through music that has been handed down and new pieces inspired by magnificent trees, frisky woodland animals and breathtaking scenic vistas.
- Unique Colonial Instruments with balladeer Stephen Christoff – November 26
During this foot stomping show, explore the diversity of unique instruments our ancestors enjoyed playing.
Other family friendly programs are offered throughout the year. Check the Calendar for other museum programs offered during your visit.