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Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg

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Jamestown Settlement offers a living recreation of the first successful English colony in North America. Located near the actual archaeological Jamestown site, the museum provides an open-air display of replica 17th-century buildings, a fort, and colonial life. You can explore the social history of the settlement through a series of exhibits and galleries, and experience a life-size Powhatan Native American village. To track the journey of the Jamestown colonists to the New World, don't miss the three sailing ships docked in the river. Visit the museum's gift shop for historical-themed souvenirs, hand-made ceramics, jewelry, and glassware. Put Jamestown Settlement and other Williamsburg attractions into our Williamsburg tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Williamsburg offers lodgings for every taste, including four-star resorts, quaint inns, and budget-friendly hotels. Accommodations in the city's historical district provide easy access to all of the area's major attractions, but they also charge much higher prices than equally comfortable guesthouses in some of the outlying neighborhoods. For a genuine Virginian experience, consider pitching a tent or renting a cottage in one of the area's popular campgrounds, which offer shuttle services to the city's major attractions and provide free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fenced-in areas for pets.
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  • Super fun day spent here. The hands-on exhibits outside bring history to life for the kids and the museum is very nicely done. We will return. I'd recommend beginning with outdoor exhibits on hot days...  more »
  • If you wish to experience what it must have been for the early settlers of our country, I suggest you visit this exhibit. I found it to be interesting and informative. There is a "combo" ticket that y...  more »
  • We only had 1 day and had to choose between Jamestown Settlement (ran by the state of Virginia) or Historic Jamestown (part of the National Parks system.) If you are looking for a recreation of what t...  more »
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  • This is NOT the original Jamestown site, but a museum with both traditional indoor exhibits and outdoor mock sites and even fantastic replica boats. This is a fantastic location to visit, with really nice facilities and exhibits, and all in all a ton of fun. I gave only four starts because they aren't upfront with the fact that it isn't the original site, which I found distasteful. There is some clear animosity between this location and the "Historic Jamestown" which is up the road, and is the actual historic site of the settlement. If these two locations found a way to work together they would realize that there is a place for what both organizations have to offer. Our day included a visit to both, and it was a great way to spend the day.
  • This is an indoor museum and outdoor settlement. The museum is fantastic! It combines the separate histories of the Native Americans, Africans and British people then shows how they all came together in the New World. There is an interactive trivia game running through the displays. Even the different wings have their own design, like the British wing is shaped like a charming city or the voyage section being shaped like a ship. The settlement is very nice with many of the things that were shown in museum being used in they settlement. The docents are all very knowledgeable. A great day for all ages at a very fair admission price.
  • Cool place :) great way to get kids interested in history, everything is interactive. You can scrape on a dugout canoe, grind corn, even see some of the food they cooked and how...the bread was surprising! Blacksmith forging stuff, gun guys do a demo on muskets, it's just so neat! You get a slice of what life was like for the colonials and their Indian contemporaries. also, everything is accessible, except for the 3 replica ships, but a sailor for the museum will show you a book with pics of the inside and explain the layouts of the areas in great detail and answer questions. You can't even believe how many people they'd for on those small boats- it's a wonder anyone attempted crossing an ocean in them!
  • Loved this place. It was a great little slice of America's history and a wonderful place to take pictures. Take the kids as this is a fabulous learning experience. I would definitely go back.
  • This place is fun! There is so much to see...all the buildings and replicas of the settlement are perfect. You can explore all of them and the staff/actors are very friendly and entertaining. There are lots of fun things for kids as well if you're bringing your family.