Arts & Culture

If you are looking for arts and culture, you’ve come to the right place.

Williamsburg Spring Arts and Williamsburg Fall Arts

While the arts flourish every season in Williamsburg, arts take center stage in both the spring and the fall with specific activities for everyone. A time to enjoy the creative artistry of local and visiting artisans.

Make sure to see a calendar of arts-related events during these focused times.   For a complete list of Williamsburg area events, go here.  If you have an event that you would like listed, please add it to the calendar. 

James City County has a living history museum and a musical museum.

Jamestown Settlement and Island—America’s first permanent English settlement. The story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits and living history. Outdoors, visitors can board replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, explore life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village.

Virginia Musical Museum—Come tour a collection of antique musical instruments, and memorabilia of over 25 Virginian musicians. At this museum, you can also see a piano gallery, circus and amusement park attractions. Three are a variety of antique music boxes, nickelodeons, phonographs and organs also available to see. For more information, call 757-303-5907 or visit

Fine Arts Museums

In additional to the world-class art collections at the area museums listed here, the region offers a wonderful selection of local galleries and studios with opportunities to explore and study.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum—Home to one of the finest collections of American folk art in the country. Enjoy changing exhibitions of American folk art by colonial and contemporary artists and craftspeople who work outside the mainstream of academic art to record aspects of everyday life. (757) 229-1000.

Chrysler Museum of Art—One of America’s great fine arts museum. Highlights include an impressive and comprehensive survey of European and American painting and sculpture, a world-renowned glass collection, a rich photography program, and Art Nouveau furniture, as well as African, Asian, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian and Islamic art. (757) 664-6200.

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Home to American and British antiques from as early as the 1600s. Exhibitions include 18th-century tea chests, colonial currency, firearms, ceramics, and more. (757) 229-1000.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center—The premier arts advocate in the region working to create a stronger community through art. Experience the arts through changing exhibitions, thought-provoking educational programs, a year-round studio art school, and an interactive gallery for children. (757) 596-8175.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts—An impressive collection of art and artifacts from several ancient cultures are housed in one vast collection. From Egyptian mummies to Asian and Indian pieces to the Impressionist movement, from Art Nouveau and Art Deco to 20th-century American works, this museum ranks as one of the best in the country. (804) 340-1400.

Other Regional Museums

History, science, aviation, and marine life are just a few of the many areas that can be explored at regional museums.

Children’s Museum of Richmond—Continually changing programs invite children to create art, dance, and act, as well as explore the world around them from their own point of view. 1-877-295-CMoR (1-877-295-2667)

The Mariners’ Museum—The history of the ocean and its relationship with humankind is told and displayed in one of the largest maritime museums in the world. The USS Monitor Center features archaeological artifacts recovered from one of the most famous American military sailing vessels. (757) 596-2222.

Nauticus, The National Maritime Center—This spectacular science center features hands-on exhibits and a variety of educational programs with maritime themes. Tour one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S. Wisconsin, and explore the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. (757) 664-1000.

Science Museum of Virginia—Explore more than 250 hands-on exhibits covering astronomy, aerospace, electricity, and illusions as well as the inner workings of computers. It’s a great adventure for the whole family. (804) 864-1400.

Virginia Air & Space Center—The center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more. (757) 727-0900.

Virginia Aviation Museum—This remarkable attraction contains a great collection of aviation memorabilia dating from both World Wars. (804) 236-3622.

Virginia Living Museum—The museum is a spectacular combination of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve, and planetarium all in one beautiful setting. (757) 595-1900.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center—Travel an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience animal feedings, training sessions, and hands-on programs. Thousands of animals representing more than 300 species displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits. (757) 385-3474.

Watermen’s Museum—Through artifact displays and educational programs, this private, not-for-profit museum seeks to preserve the heritage of those who worked the water in the past, the tools they used, and to present current uses of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, ecological needs, and preservation. (757) 887-2641.


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