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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
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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  • Everything in the museum is worth a look, especially the furniture. Took the "Wild and Weird" tour and the guide was excellent and we all learned about the bordaloue... 
  • They have cameras, motion detectors and security guards just waiting for you to get too close to a quilt that was not behind glass. If they did not want anyone looking up close under dim lighting, the...  read more »
  • A short walk from the centre of Colonial Williamsburg are two museum sharing a single building, the Abby AldrichFolk Art Museum and the Dewitt Decorative Art Museum. The entrance is through the old ho...  read 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.
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