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Family-friendly programs are offered throughout the year.

July 2014 program schedule

August 2014 program schedule

The Star Spangled Banner: 200th Anniversary Celebration Programs

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.

July at the Museums

  • Williamsburg Old Time Radio Hour

    Special Independence Day Celebration
    Williamsburg Old Time Radio Hour

    Friday, July 4th at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.

    Return to 1930s Williamsburg for patriotic songs of the day, a tribute to veterans, and a special restoration-themed “Fireside Chat” with President Roosevelt during this special celebration of our nation’s birthday.
    1 hour - Additional program ticket ($4 for adults and $2 for youth) required in addition to museum admission.

  • Why Aren’t They Smiling?

    Why Aren’t They Smiling?

    Thursday, July 10, Friday, July 18
    and Wednesday, July 30 at 11:30 a.m.

    Join historian Carson Hudson as he shares stories about the moments and myths surrounding iconic Civil War photographs.
    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Quilt

    Celebrate Quilts Tour

    Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

    This guided tour for families explores the world of quilts in our newest exhibition. What do their designs and constructions tell us about their makers? You’ll find plenty of inspiration for the hands-on craft activity that follows.
    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Family

    What is a Family?

    Tuesdays, July 8 and 29 at 11:30 a.m.

    Meet Ann Ashby, who escaped the bonds of slavery with the help of her free husband.
    1 hour - Included in museum admission.


  • Meet the Curator or Conservator

    Meet the Curator or Conservator

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 2:30 p.m.
    (Not offered on July 4)

    Join our specialists in the galleries as they discuss their role in researching, interpreting, preserving and conserving Colonial Williamsburg’s treasures.
    1/2 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Spy Craft

    Spy Craft

    Mondays, 2:45-4:00 p.m.

    Calling all families to Save the Revolution! Drop in and try your hand at a variety of activities to test your 18th century spy skills. You’ll also learn to write secret messages and decipher coded communications.
    Included in museum admission.