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September 23, 2011

Free Open House at The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg During Occasion for the Arts Weekend Oct. 1-2

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg offer free admission to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, along with access to all museum programs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2 in celebration of The Occasion For The Arts weekend.

Guests have the opportunity to view the newest exhibits opened this year:

  • “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware” celebrates the achievements of North Carolina's 18th- and 19th-century potters,
  • “A True North Britain: The Furniture of John Shearer, 1790-1820” explores the intricate details of furniture crafted by loyalist John Shearer,
  • “More Than Meets The Eye” features a fascinating array of maps and prints,
  • “The Old Plantation: The Artist Revealed” documents the discovery of the artist who painted The Old Plantation, and
  • “Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe: 1600 to 1840” looks at 240 years of fashion accessories,
  • Plus all other current exhibitions in both museums.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are located at 326 West Francis St., just a short stroll from the Occasion For the Arts location on Duke of Gloucester Street between Henry and Nassau Streets.

    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, 20th and 21st 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 www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Jim Bradley
    (757) 220-7281



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