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January 9, 2009

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg extend their hours during January and February

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum extend their hours in January and February. The museums will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Wallace Café also will extend its hours beginning Jan. 16 and will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu will include hearty soups and stews, hot and cold drinks, and tempting desserts.

Special tours and programs include:

  • Migrating Cultures, 5 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27, excluding Jan. 30 and Feb. 13, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Cultural influences were transmitted through the decorative and folk arts by early immigrants to the colonies. On this 45-minute guided tour, learn about 18th-century European immigrant groups, why they moved to the colonies and where they settled. Trace their migrations through the objects they brought with them or produced in America. Examine decorative details on furniture, paintings, musical instruments and more to learn about the people who made them.
  • Twentieth-century Folk Art, 5 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 10-31, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. On a guided tour, explore 20th-century folk art creations and the lives of the artists that made them. The tour will focus on Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Miles Carpenter, Jack Savitsky and others.
  • Art Stop, 4-5:30 p.m. Saturdays in February and Saturdays, 2:30-4 p.m. in March, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Drop in and create a work of art to take home based on objects in the collection.

    Young guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums can tour the galleries and create an object to take home. Programs include:

  • Scherenschnitte…What’s That? 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 16-Feb. 27, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Drop in and try your hand at the German art of scissor cutting. Make a keepsake based on folk art on exhibit to take home.
  • Lucy Locket Lost Her Pocket, 1:30 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 16-30, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. On a guided tour of the “Quilted Fashions” exhibition, learn the nursery rhyme about Lucy Locket and discover 18th-century pockets on view. Then design your own pocket to take home.
  • Magical Creatures, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 14-March 14 at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns while recording your discoveries in a book to take home. Geared toward children ages 8 and up.
  • Drawing on George, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 18-March 4 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Celebrate patriotism in art on a guided tour of the galleries, searching for flags, bald eagles, George Washington and Lady Liberty.
  • Crack the Code, 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 18-March 4 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the American Revolution. Try your hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques you’ve learned. Geared toward children ages 8 and up.
  • Mini Masterpieces, 2:30-4 p.m., Fridays, February 13-March 13, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Drop in and create an artist trading card to commemorate your visit to Colonial Williamsburg’s art museums. Using your imagination, turn magazine and catalog photographs, copies of 18th-century prints and colored paper in a mini-collage. No experience is necessary.

    Join us for a special family day of exciting programs focusing on magic and myths in the museum’s collections:

  • Magic at the Museums: Mythical Beasts, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. On a special guided tour, explore the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns, and create a magical souvenir to take home. Geared for ages 8 and up.
  • Magic at the Museums: Magical Keepsakes, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Drop in and create a magical bookmark using images from the 18th century.
  • Magic at the Museums: Magical Toys, 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore antique toys on exhibit in “A Child’s-Eye View” and then and create a magical toy from the 1820s called a thaumatrope.

    Guests also can enjoy additional programs during the day that include:

  • Decorative Arts Highlights, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily through March 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Guided tours introduce guests to some of the masterworks on exhibit such as paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture and silver.
  • An Introduction to Folk Art, noon and 2 p.m. through March 15 at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of whimsical and fascinating selections from Mrs. Rockefeller’s original collection for which the museum was founded.
  • Focus on Furniture, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 12 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Rare baroque, rococo and neo-classical furniture of the 18th and early 19th centuries is the focus of this specialized, 45-minute tour.
  • Textiles Up-Close, 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays, through March 11 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Explore the latest textile exhibition on view and examine quilted fashions, costumes and needlework in the textile study drawers.
  • Ceramics Up-Close, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays through March 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This in-depth, 45-minute look at the museum’s ceramics includes interesting stories about the craftsmen, their creations and the functions for which they were used. Learn more about earthenware, stoneware and porcelain from Europe, America and the Orient.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy these family programs. A separate ticket is required where indicated.

    Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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