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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

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Address: 325 Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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A vast collection (8,000 objects) from 17th, 18th and early 19th century...

A vast collection (8,000 objects) from 17th, 18th and early 19th century America are on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

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A surprising find!

We stumbled upon this museum while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. The unplanned stop turned into one of the highlights of our trip. The galleries ranged from art, to furniture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Warren, Michigan

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Warren, Michigan
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon this museum while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. The unplanned stop turned into one of the highlights of our trip. The galleries ranged from art, to furniture, to toys, to musical instruments, to.... let's just say there is much to look at from all walks of life. A "short" visit took us a good three hours. We would have... More 

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Gambrills, Maryland
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we did a quick visit just as the museum opened. My husband does exceptional custom furniture - and this was for him to see the furniture and draw inspiration - and a bonus for me (the seamstress) was the textile display with all the artifacts and fabrics - lovely museum with lots of space. Intriguing shop and cafe.

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Thank Susie B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 584 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This museum is connected to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and has a much smaller collection but if larger items. They have numerous pieces of furniture (quite a few are pianos and the like) as well as fine art. It is much quicker to go through and is not interesting unless you like furniture.

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Beaumont, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Whether you go alone or take a group you won't be disappointed. Learn some more about our history. A great family outing.

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Thank likegoodfood2017
Benedict, Maryland, United States
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Spent a delightful afternoon taking the extended tour of the Southern Decorative Arts exhibit. An amazing assemblage of furniture made or used below the Mason-Dixon line. We were lucky enough to have a great and friendly guide. My only complaint was that they need to produce a catalogue for this show, I doubt that these pieces will ever be brought... More 

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Thank Frank R
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

From early colonial furniture to art to crafts, you'll find it all in this entrancing museum. Lots of history in a hidden gem that is mostly located underground. A great rainy day activity in the colonial capitol.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Learn about the various furniture styles, paintings and china/silver service during a 45 minute tour. Then tour the rooms on your own afterwards.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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367 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Worth a visit to see the colonial-era furniture. Many other exhibits showing colonial-era paintings, silver and ceramics. The doll hose collection was nice. The collection is small, but well presented and can be viewed in 1-2 hours. May sure to take advantage of the free guided tours which focus on different aspects of the collection.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This place was amazing. The volunteers are wonderful; one of our teens is a ceramics addict, hence the main reason for our visit. They were having a special ceramics lecture and visit to the 'vault'. We ended up with our own tour guide, who took us around the ceramics section of the museum. He. Was. Delightful! He was engaging, knowledgeable... More 

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Galena, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum houses a great display of items from the time period. They have rotating exhibits and while I was there they had a display of musical instruments. They had audio so you could listen. Wonderful!

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