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Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Archaeology Center

“The Campbell Archaeology Center will be a world-class facility that befits Colonial Williamsburg’s archaeological collection. It will provide new access for guests and scholars alike to some of the artifacts that have shaped our understanding of Williamsburg. This facility allows us to show guests a side of archaeological research that most people don’t see — the process of discovery inside the lab.”

Jack Gary, director of archaeology

On April 21, 2023 The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation broke ground on the Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Archaeology Center.

The center will be a one of a kind facility that ensures Colonial Williamsburg’s incomparable archaeology collection will be accessible to future generations of guests, scholars, and community members. This new building will contain state of the art laboratories, modern equipment, and curated collections which will be open to visitors seven days a week. The center provides guests an opportunity to observe and interact with archaeologists as they clean, study, and analyze artifacts and the historical evidence that helps us recreate life in the past. The Campbell Center will include a public archaeology lab and classroom space where guests will be invited to learn more about archaeology and participate in hands-on experiences. In addition to lab space, the center will be home to exhibitions showcasing the long and diverse history of Williamsburg.

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Colonial Williamsburg to break ground on Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Archaeology Center

From the Ground Up

A new archaeology center will make it easier to share the process of archaeological discovery.

New Archaeology Center to Expand, Transform Program

A new archaeology center — named for former Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell and his wife Nancy — will be built directly across from the Art Museums and next to Custis Square.

Archaeology Center Renderings

The Campbell Archaeology Center will encompass 35,000 square feet of collections, research, and educational space.
The entrance to the Campbell Archaeology Center will be located across from the Art Museums on Nassau Street where they will work together to welcome guests to Colonial Williamsburg.
The atrium of the Campbell Archaeology Center will introduce guests to our vast collection of artifacts and the stories they tell about the long history of Virginia’s colonial capital.
Guests will have the opportunity to see and engage with the process of archaeological discovery in our state of the art laboratories.

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A gift to the Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Archaeology Center will enable us to complete the building’s construction and maintain it into the future. This initiative will have an enormous impact on our education and preservation goals. Please help us continue this important work by making a gift today.

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