DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum


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Massive collection of 17th- to 19th-century American and British antiques includes furniture, firearms, ceramics, paintings, and textiles

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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum - Williamsburg: Visit for One Adult or Youth to DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (Half Off)

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  • $6 for admission for one adult (a $11.95 value)
  • $3 for admission for one youth (a $5.95 value)

Adult admissions are valid for guests 13 and older. Youth admissions are valid for ages 6–12; visitors 6 and younger receive free admission. The museum's temporary exhibits include Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700–1830, which showcases more than 25 spinets, harpsichords, and pianos, and Painters and Paintings in the Early American South, which includes artists such as Henry Benbridge and Charles Willson Peale.

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Plenty of utensils and wares decorated tables in 18th-century America, but only a few became a symbol of protest during the Revolution, one of them was the teapot. It's these subtle traces of cultural change that take center stage in the permanent and temporary exhibits at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Here, developments in civilian and military infantry, such as ignition systems and muzzle-loading firearms, signal the progress of 18th-century weaponry, while 1690s-1820s furniture from New England through the Mid-Atlantic highlight developing cultural and regional trends.

Though a bulk of the museum's collection—including one of the biggest assortments of British ceramics outside England—was mainly used in the home, some objects were designed for outside the domestic sphere. An original fire engine built in the mid-18th century stands unscathed by flames, and a collection of medals made for George Washington honors the time he beat up that cherry tree. Scholars delve deeper into these and other artifacts during lectures held in Hennage Auditorium.

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