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Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg
(4.5/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We've been staying in Williamsburg for a week and it's really not an option to miss Jamestown, a few miles away, whose buildings, ships, displays, exhibitions, a/v shows, guides and interpretation are...  more »
  • Got to Jamestown when it opened. A very nice man was the first person we talked to after purchases tickets. He had some animal pelts, gun powder belt and other items. Very interesting. The kids enjoye...  more »
  • Wonderful place for learning about the history of Jamestown, Va. Many inside exhibits if it is raining. Other exhibits outside. 
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  • Surpassed every expectation. The museum is extremely thorough, and the sites are very well done. It seems like every single employee (and there are many) has a PhD in history, since they thoroughly answer every question and tie in the Jamestown settlement to general European and world history. They also know nautical history and many things, making it such a pleasure to talk to them. I cannot recommend this place highly enough, especially since it's so vital to North America's history.
  • Would have loved to have ventured here. But with my family of 7, it would have been too pricey to visit. I wish they had an area to walk thru that is free, if they did, we weren't told, just the cost for us to get in. This is definitely something you need to plan on having money to get in and see. I went here when I was a child and loved it, I had hoped to share those memories with my 5 children.
  • Great interactive exhibits outside. Best for school.sged kids. The replicas of the ships the colonists sailed on are authentic and really neat to walk on or through.
  • Go early, take the guided tour, ask for Fred... Got there when it opened and got to take the only guided tour of the day (it was free with admission). Our guide was Fred Dellamura. He was fantastic. Funny, knowledgeable, great with kids, obviously loved his work. He really made it all come together. The site itself is a really good recreation. It appeared that there was a lot of effort at making everything as authentic as possible. The ships were especially impressive. i recommend it, especially if you have children.
  • The person at the welcome desk was pleasant and helpful. The outdoor space was very nice and clean. We loved that we could touch everything outside and the interpreters were there giving demonstrations of different fact of life and were willing to answer any questions that we had. The indoor galleries had a lot of information and things to look at. The gift shop had a lot of items that were interesting to many ages. All of the employees in the shop were informative and helpful about Jamestown and the area as a whole. The food had standard inflated museum pricing but was delicious and just what you need after a long hot day.