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Plan a Presidents' Weekend Trip

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be President? Find out this Presidents’ Weekend at Colonial Williamsburg. Experience the sights and sounds of 18th century Williamsburg where presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison roamed, and hear the stories of the great people that made America.

Your admission ticket grants you access to over 300 acres of historic sites, trades, and two world-class art museums.

Experience a Day in the Life of a President

Explore Sites

These streets and buildings are where Washington, Jefferson and Madison lived and worked before they were President.

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When visiting our historic foodways, be sure to ask about George and Martha Washington’s wedding cake–the recipe calls for 40 eggs!

Meet a President

Attend an Event

Take in a personal audience with a President or First Lady, Martha Washington or see a play at the Play House Stage.

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Visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and learn about presidential items in our collection. Paintings, furniture, instruments and more reflect the lives of these American revolutionaries.

BE SURE TO SEE

“Portrait of George Washington” by Charles Willson Peale features President George Washington standing in the uniform of the Continental army. This painting is on display in the Painters and Paintings in the Early American South, Masterworks in the Collection exhibition.

In our From Forge to Furnace exhibition, you’ll find an iron statue of George Washington. It’s actually a stove!

In Edward Hicks’ “Declaration of Independence,” you can see a likeness of Thomas Jefferson standing in the front. Visit our The Art of Edward Hicks exhibition to see more of Mr. Hicks’ work.

This sofa on display in our Furniture of the American South exhibition is attributed to William King Jr. who also made furniture in the 1800s for the White House.

Visit our Artists on the Move: Portraits for a New Nation exhibition and see this “Portrait of Thomas Jefferson” in which he’s holding his manuscript of “Notes on Virginia.”

This spinet, once owned by President John Tyler’s aunt Joanna, can be seen as part of our “Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700-1830” exhibition.

“Portrait of James Madison” by Gilbert Stuart was rescued from the White House when the British advanced on Washington during the War of 1812.

“Peaceable Kingdom” features a likeness of President Abraham Lincoln and is on display in our America’s Folk Art exhibition.

conversation starter

Which presidential artwork is your favorite? Why?

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Art Museums for CW Kids


Explore items from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg's collection. Learn cool facts, have some fun with at-home craft projects, and find out where to see these items in person when you visit!

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Meet Our Nation Builders

Learn more about the important role Williamsburg played in the lives of three early Virginians who held the office of the presidency.

George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

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