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February 2015 program schedule

January 2015 program schedule

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

Museum Programs

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.

January at the Museums

  • Conversation with a Founding Father

    Conversation with a Founding Father

    January 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 12 ,13 ,14 , 26, 30 and 31 at 1:45 p.m.

    What questions would you like to ask one of our nation’s founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? Why did they become revolutionaries? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers your questions.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Portraits with a Past

    Portraits with a Past

    Mondays & Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

    Join us for a guided museum tour and explore what portraits can tell us about the past. Learn the stories behind the faces and places hanging on our walls. Who were the patrons, and why were their portraits painted? What else can we learn from clues in the paintings?

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • The Artful Animal

    The Artful Animal

    Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

    Join your guide in a hunt through the galleries in search of animals--in art. After your successful expedition, families can create an animal-inspired trophy to take home.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Devotion and Duty

    Devotion and Duty

    Tuesday January 6 , 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

    On their first Anniversary at home after the War, the Washington’s contemplate the last eight years together: his duty to the country and her devotion to being with the General.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Moving


    Thursdays, starting January 15, at 3:00 p.m.

    What influenced colonial settlers to move their homes from one place to another? How did they choose where to go? Discover some of the answers on this guided tour. Learn how museum objects can illustrate the migration stories of five families. Are their stories similar to those of your ancestors?

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

February at the Museums

  • Secret Keepers: Literacy, Slavery & the Law

    Secret Keepers
    Literacy, Slavery & the Law

    Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.

    Explore how a secret network of free blacks and slaves used the houses and properties in Williamsburg to hide runaway fugitives. Film excerpts from “The Runaway” dramatize the dangers of concealing fugitives, who used various methods to escape bondage. While laws supported the slave owners, what means did they have to break this chain of secrecy?

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • What is a Family?

    What is a Family?

    February 4 and 18 at 11:30 a.m.

    The concept of family is as old as humankind, but its social and legal definition has changed over the years. Discover the ties that bind us together in this moving program by Valarie Holmes. Explore the situation of Ann Ashby and her children, who escape the bonds of slavery. Through the efforts of Ann’s free black husband, the family is reunited in freedom. Learn about the legal and social challenges slaves and free blacks in colonial Virginia faced as they sought to keep “family” together.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • To Be Seen as an American

    To Be Seen as an American

    February 11 and 25 at 11:30 a.m.

    Meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • African American Artists

    African American Artists

    Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Discover the talents and explore the accomplishments of African American artists and artisans in the 18th-20th centuries. This guided tour of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will showcase a variety of the folk art and decorative arts they have created as well as art that depicts their lives.

    45 minutes - Included in museum admission.

  • The World Made Small

    The World Made Small

    February 17 and 24 at 2:45 p.m.

    Dollhouses come in many shapes and sizes. Some have elaborate furnishings; others are simple. Bring your family on a guided tour that explores the dollhouses on exhibit. After the tour, create a miniature of your own to take home.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.



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