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Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg

Categories: Historic Sites, Ships, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This was a great place to visit and learn a lot about the Jamestown Settlement. The boats were incredible and the kids really enjoyed walking around and seeing the homes that they had. It was very int...  read more »
  • During my childhood we would vacation in Alexandria, VA every summer. When I was 11 years old I wanted to go see the Jamestown 350 year celebration in 1957. I couldn't talk my parents into it. I was v...  read more »
  • Handicapped friendly! Plan to take your time. The museum is full of interesting items if you look for them. in this case smaller is often better. Our FREE Volunteer guide was funny,informative clearly...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Beautiful area, rich in history, and well maintained. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and more than willing to answer questions, even on a 115° day! Inside or outside, there is something to keep everyone occupied. Even the on-site restaurant was affordable and food was made by local chefs.
  • Very educational and great hands on at three sites offered - Amerindians, Ships including Godspeed, and a typical fort in 17t century setting. A great reminder for AP US history class! No complaints about price, staff, cleanliness, and the overall experience was awesome! Though it was 38 C (102 F) and we were drenching! (party of 7)
  • Wow! Way better than Colonial Williamsburg, especially if you have kids. The Indian village was very detailed and the huts were filled with all kinds of items that Natives used to survive. My kids were able to grind corn, scrape a deer hide to make leather, scrape out a canoe, play corn cob darts, and more. There was even a bald eagle nest in the trees above the village. I thought that was cool. The re-created ships were awesome! Very hands on and the volunteers there were so helpful with our kids. We loved Fort James also as the kids were able to wash clothes and try on armor. I would love to visit this place again.
  • Even though my wife nor I are history buffs, we still had a good time here. If it's hot out, the indoor museum was huge and had a lot of artifacts on display. Outside, the settlement was very detailed, and the staff can answer any question you can think of. I especially liked the Native American camp and seeing how they may have lived. We also went down to the ships and learned a little about navigating at sea with the tools they had at the time. Cool place and I'm glad I went.
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