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Family-friendly programs are offered throughout the year.

November 2014 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.

November at the Museums

  • Music Then and Now

    Music Then and Now

    Fridays, November 7, 14 and 21 at 11:15 a.m.

    Nothing transports us back in time so vividly as music. In this authentic musical presentation, members of The Governor’s Musick share how they bring 18th-century music to life using period and reproduction instruments, facsimile scores, journals, inventories, letters, and colonial newspapers.

    30 minutes - Included in museum admission.

  • From Downton to Gatsby

    From Downton to Gatsby
    Jewelry and Fashion from 1890-1929

    Saturday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.

    Join renowned jewelry expert Andrew Prince, who has created costume jewelery and tiaras for such period dramas as The Young Victoria, and the hit PBS series Downton Abbey, as he illustrates the intimate connections between the great jewelers and turn of the century couture. Selected pieces of jewelry by Andrew Prince will be for sale in the Museum Store.

    1 hour - A $5 ticket is required in addition to museum admission, Free for CW employees and volunteers.

  • Behind Closed Drawers

    Behind Closed Drawers

    Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    Drop in to get a close look at the exhibition Textiles of the Early South. Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburg’s collections.

    Included in museum admission.

  • Music for St. Cecilia's Day

    Music for St. Cecilia's Day

    Saturday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m.

    Celebrate the feast of St. Cecilia, patron of music and musicians, with fiddlers John Turner and David Gardner and guitarist Wayne Hill. Enjoy a program of classical and traditional tunes, appropriate for this special day.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • President George Washington

    President George Washington’s
    Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Wednesday, November 26 at 1:45 p.m.

    Following a resolution of Congress on October 3, 1789, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer.” In setting aside a day for Thanksgiving, Washington established a nonsectarian tone for these devotions and stressed political, moral, and intellectual blessings that make self-government possible.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

The Art Museums will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day