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January 15, 2008

Winter programs educate, entertain young and old at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg feature an assortment of guided tours and interactive programs for all ages during the winter season. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and Museum Store open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 16. The new exhibition, “Captured Colors: Four Battleflags of the American Revolution,” a one-of-a-kind collection of authentic 18-century American battleflags, is a current highlight of the Museums.

The following guided tours will be offered free with museum admission:

  • Highlights of the Collection. This 30-minute guided tour introduces visitors to the 18th-century paintings, furniture, and ceramics on display in the decorative arts museum, with an emphasis on the museum’s Masterworks exhibit, as well as offering information on the history of the decorative arts collection here in Williamsburg. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.
  • Introduction to Folk Art. What is folk art? This 30-minute guided tour provides the answer while introducing the many 18th-through-early-20th-century pieces that comprise the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum’s world-renowned collection. 12 and 2 p.m. daily.
  • Ceramics up Close. 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. 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., Fridays and Sundays.
  • Focus on Furniture. Rare baroque, rococo and neo-classical furniture of the 18th and early 19th centuries is the focus of this specialized, 45-minute tour. 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Small Wonders. Get an up-close look at “A Child’s-Eye View,” the museum’s new exhibition of vintage toys from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Treasured dolls, dollhouses, model trains and other toys of yesteryear will delight children of all ages on this 45-minute tour. 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., Mondays and Saturdays.
  • Wee Folk. Geared toward children ages 3-7 and their adult friends, this 45-minute tour explores the museum galleries via fun stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 6.

    Also for the younger museumgoer, the following special family programs will be offered free with museum admission:

  • Art Stop. Children can drop in to create a work of art inspired by pieces on display before exploring the galleries. Feb. 1 and 29 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Crack the Code. Join us as we investigate various secret codes used during the Revolution, then see if you can crack the code. Recommended for ages 8 and older. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Hennage Auditorium.
  • Magical Creatures. Explore the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns while writing and illustrating a book to take home on this hour-long guided tour. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 3 p.m. Feb 17 and 10:30 a.m. March 1. Space is limited.
  • Stitch Detectives. Take a guided tour to discover textiles on exhibit, and then explore your creativity with a hands-on activity. Approximately one hour. 3 p.m. Feb. 3, 1 p.m. Feb. 17 and 3 p.m. March 2. Space is limited.
  • Toys! Trains and Carts from Garbage Parts. Explore the galleries for toy trains and other vehicles, then drop-in and create one of your own using recycled objects. 2:30-4 p.m. Feb. 2.
  • Toys! A Doll’s Life. Drop in and create a doll using recycled objects. 2:30-4 p.m. Feb. 16.
  • Toys! Life in Miniature. Explore the galleries for dollhouses and then drop in to create a doll using recycled objects. 2:30-4 p.m. March 1.
  • Valentines. Drop in and create a valentine inspired by the collections of Colonial Williamsburg. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13
  • World Turned Upside Down. Take a guided tour that examines the exciting events leading to the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence before making a patriotic souvenir to take home. Recommended for ages 10 and up. 3-4 p.m. Feb. 15. Space is limited.

    A valid Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Pass provides access to all museum collections, special exhibits and programs unless otherwise noted.

    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 tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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