Have you ever wanted to visit a museum or historical attraction where the artifacts are able to answer your questions? Do you want to travel back to the 18th century to see how different our world was, but not have to give up your phone and electricity? You're in the right place. The past comes alive each and every day and with the chance to choose between the 1 Day Pass, 3 Day Pass, or the 7 Day Pass, you have endless possibilities. You will be able to roam over 300-acres of the Historic Area featuring political sites, historic homes, art museums, Great Hopes Plantation, and so much more. With the 1 Day Pass, guests typically spend the entire day here and wish that they had more time because there is so much to do! For the other two passes, they still usually spend the greater part of their days here.
The Rockefeller's Bassett Hall:Without the financial power of J. D. Rockefeller, the restoration would not have been possible. Each room of this home shows what made this a favorite getaway for the Rockefellers'. It's furnished with antiques, art, and beautiful accessories!
Bruton Parish Church: A three-century old Episcopal church that has hosted many famous American patriots.
The Capitol: See where the colony's leaders spoke with the British about the meaning of American liberty.
The Courthouse: See how justice was served in this original18th- century building!
Everard House: This is one of the oldest homes on site. Learn the history of the original owner, Thomas Everard, and see the beautiful antiques inside.
George Wythe House: In this home, you'll see enslaved and free member of this household.
Governor's Palace: Explore this beautiful palace that housed seven royal governors and the first two elected in Virginia!
Governor's Palace Kitchen: Visit this kitchen to see what the residents used to eat and how it was prepared.
Great Hopes Plantation: This is a self-guided tour section that allows guests to see the daily life of a person working on the plantation.
James Geddy House: This is an original 18-century building that demonstrates how the wealthy used to conduct their daily lives.
The Magazine: Constructed in 1715, this building was used as storage for weapons and ammunition. Listen to tales of military forces.
Market Square: This was a hot-spot and hangout place for many of the residents!
Peyton Randolph House: See the differences between enslaved and free peoples' lives at this prominent American family home.
Presbyterian Meetinghouse: See how dissenting Protestants worshipped.
Public Gaol: Explore the cells where notorious prisoners were held or even hanged.
Public Hospital: The first part hospital/ part infirmary/ part jail in America!
Raleigh Tavern: This was one of the most popular places to gather and socialize.
R. Charlton's Coffeehouse: Residents gathered here to share news, gossip, debate politics, and talk over tea and coffee.
Secretary's Office: This was a place to store documents.
Wetherburn's Tavern: This is an original building. Explore the lives of the past owners and their slaves.
Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating Black History Month through February and Women's History Month through March. During this time, visitors will be able to explore a variety of exhibitions and new displays.
Black History Month:Learn about the history of African Americans at Colonial Williamsburg. Here, visitors will see live actors, learn about the African American contributions at the Governor's Palace, and discuss the institution of slavery at Nation Builders. You'll also learn about slavery and how it affected the law.
Women's History Month: Discover the contributions of women at Colonial Williamsburg during this exhibition. Visitors will be able to explore history of women's rights with live actresses, see a performance called From the Ashes that followed the story of James and Dolley Madison, discuss women's rights, learn the harrowing story of Succordia's Prayer, and learn about the trials of being a woman at the Price of Womanhood exhibit.
Art Museums: The collections of fine art, decorative pieces, and folk art come together to create a memorable museum experience. Discover gorgeous art pieces with brand new exhibitions alongside a brand new cafe and store. Additionally, visitors will see historic tradespeople as they demonstrate their craft, enjoy special programs at Hennage Auditorium, and explore a pop-up exhibition from Januarry 22 until March 12 featuring special artifacts.
WINTER 2021 Experience!
American Indian Interpretation: Discover the history and culture of Native Americans.
Behind the Wythe House: Discover ideas that shaped the Revolution! You can explore this exhibition at your own pace.
Capitol Exploration: A guided tour is a perfect way to experience the capitol! Explore the Courtroom and House of Burgesses.
Carpenter's Yard: Enjoy a riveting display about carpenters and the methods they used to create the buildings of the past.
Courthouse Exploration: This original building allows guests to explore a variety of justice systems from the 18th Century as well as learn about the courthouse's history.
Custis Square Archaeology Project: Discover the past of Custis Square and its inhabitants.
Entertainments at the Play House(Feb 12 - March 13): Enjoy various theatrical productions from Jug Brojke Theatre Company.
Other awesome activities that visitors will be able to participate in include learning about Colonial Gardens, firing a Flintlock Musket, exploring the Governor's Palace, and exploring Randolph House. Visitors will also be able to watch weavers at work, and visit a Nation Builder (Jan 3 - March 13).
Spring 2021 Experience
During the 2021 Spring season, visitors will find an array of delightful new exhibits to explore at Colonial Williamsburg.
As well as being able to explore the fascinating history of these original buildings, visitors will be able to enjoy seasonal activities such as firing a flintlock musket, carriage rides and interesting evening entertainment which begins in April.
- What is included in the admission price?
The price includes all of the public-access exhibits listed.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend?
Guests usually spend the entire day here with the 1 Day Pass. With the other passes, guests still usually spend the greater part of the days here.
- What happens if it rains?
During rainy weather, there are indoor activities that you can explore such as the Governor's Palace and art museums.
- What amenities are available?
There are shops and restaurants.
- Are wheelchairs and strollers available? Is there a rental fee?
Wheelchairs are available for a small fee.
- Is the park handicap accessible?
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Of course! Don't forget your cameras.
- For what ages is it appropriate?
This is great for all ages.
- Is parking available? Is it free?
Yes, free parking is available at the location.