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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg

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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum displays a vast collection of American and British antiques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. Artifacts include metals, ceramics, glass items, costumes, paintings, weapons, textiles, and furniture. In addition to ongoing exhibits, the museum hosts rotating ones on topics such as dollhouses, keyboard instruments, and silver. The gift shop sells books, music, jewelry, gifts, and accessories reflecting 18th- and 19th-century decorative arts. Use our Williamsburg itinerary planner to visit DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on your trip to Williamsburg, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If you like museums, you will LOVE this one! Take the time to tour this building on a rainy day. Displays are awesome. Self-guided tours allow you time to view the displays you are most interested in ...  more »
  • Like its sister museum, DWDAM is a unique and unsurpassed collection of American pieces of craftsmanship beyond compare. Both of the museums will be expanding over the next several years to provide ev...  more »
  • The Museums of Williamsburg (enter through the Public Hospital) now contain both the DeWill Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefellar Fold Art Museum. These two museums are truly...  more »
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  • I went when they were having an 18th century quilted petticoat exhibit, and at the time I had been reading a fair amount about 18th century clothing, so I found the exhibit pretty awesome. They publish books for some of the exhibits, but not all (no book for the quilted petticoats), but they do allow you to take pictures in some of the exhibits. The museum had a lot of other exhibits, we only saw a few, since we only left ourselves a couple hours to go through the museum. They had an area of cooking instruments for example. I'm hoping to go back at some point. And next time I plan to leave myself an entire day to explore the museum.