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June 8, 2010

A Night at the Museums celebrates a big birthday with cake and ice cream

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are having a big birthday party and everyone is invited. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary on June 25 with an evening of free fun, food and a film for the whole family.

The front lawn of the Public Hospital, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, is the scene for a fun-filled, picnic-style event. The public is invited to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer with entertainment on the lawn, museum tours and children’s activities in the museums. A free community ice cream social is enjoyed in good taste, as is complimentary birthday cake. As night falls, the evening concludes with an open-air showing of the feature film, Night at the Museum, on the museum’s front lawn.

Join friends and neighbors, bring a picnic supper and lawn chairs, relish in the anniversary celebration and settle in for an entertaining evening in front of the big screen. If desired, individual picnic boxes are available at $20 for adults and $14 for children. Order by telephone at (757) 229-2141 no later than June 21.

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are open for tours 6–9 p.m. Children’s activities in the museum are available 6–7:30 p.m. Entertainment on the lawn is offered 7–8:30 p.m. Enjoy the free ice cream social and anniversary cake 7:30–8:30 p.m. Showtime for “Night at the Museum” is 8:30 p.m. (Running time: approx. 1:45). The public is invited and admission is free.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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. 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 website at

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281