Increase your pleasure in the area’s cultural and historic contributions through the local museums.
101 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Feel as if you’ve stepped into another day and age at this combination historical landmark and living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is, “The future may learn from the past.” The 301-acre historic area is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or re-created colonial houses, many relating to American Revolutionary War history. The site has buildings dating from 1699 to 1780, a number of them reconstructed on their original sites during the 1930s. Notable structures include the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace, each re-created and landscaped to what is known of their late 18th-century condition, as well as Bruton Parish Church and the Raleigh Tavern. Call or visit the website for information on tickets, bus tours and a full calendar of special events.
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
There’s no better way to learn how Hampton became America’s Gateway — from early Native American culture to human exploration of space — than at this remarkable trip through time. Nine galleries detail the journeys of explorers, pirates and workers along Chesapeake Bay, including events of the War of 1812, the Civil War and other historic changes. Call the museum or visit the website for admission information and special presentations.