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April 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.


April at the Museums

  • The Case Against Toleration

    Religion Month Program
    The Case Against Toleration

    Fridays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 1:45 p.m.

    Engage with a young James Madison in 1776. Find out why he is so determined to fight to have religious freedom included in the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Why does he feel so strongly about what will become one of America's founding principles?

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Young Explorers

    Young Explorers

    Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Become a young explorer! Discover the natural history that inspired our forefathers in the 18th century through a gallery tour and drawing activity.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Cape Breton Music


    Cape Breton Music: A Living Relic of the 18th-Century Scottish Highlands

    Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m.

    Join fiddler Andrea Beaton, piper Dick Hensold and pianist Troy MacGillivray for a concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping music. The exuberant Celtic music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island reflects the dance-driven rhythms of the ancient strathspeys, reels and jigs, played with joy and drive on the fiddle and pipes, and underpinned by the powerful and syncopated locomotion of the traditional Cape Breton piano style. Enjoy this music as it unleashes the incredible energy and power of this combination of instruments.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & the French Revolution

    George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & the French Revolution

    Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson didn’t always agree on their views when it came to the French Revolution. Learn more as Professor Peter Henriques travels in time to speak with Jefferson at Monticello.

    $5.00 ticket in addition to admission, free for current employees & volunteers.

  • A Photographic Study of the Lincoln Assassination

    The President is Dead!
    A Photographic Study of the Lincoln Assassination

    Tuesday, April 14 and Saturday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

    Photography had emerged as a new way to record historic people and events during the Civil War. With the tragedy of the presidents assassination in April of 1865, it began to be used to identify not only the crime scene and the suspects, but to document their incarceration and subsequent executions. Join historian Carson Hudson as he tells the story of the Lincoln assassination through the examination and analysis of period photographs. Some of the images may be disturbing to some visitors.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.



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