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September is Arts Month in Williamsburg

While the Arts flourish every season in Williamsburg, those September days immediately following Labor Day and into early October are set aside for a period when the Arts truly take center stage. September is Arts Month.

The visiting summer families have returned home for the beginning of another school year.  The first hints of fall with a gentle breeze announcing the promise of full-colored leaves soon to come stirs the hearts of artists and art lovers alike.  It’s a quiet time.  A time to enjoy the creative artistry of local and visiting artisans.

Make sure to see a calendar of Arts-related events during this time. From the beginning of September through early October.  For a complete list of Williamsburg area events, go here.  If you have an event that you would like listed, please contact us.

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. colonialwilliamsburg.com

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. chrysler.org

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. colonialwilliamsburg.com

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. pfac-va.org

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. vmfa.state.va.us

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) c-mor.org

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. marinersmuseum.org

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. nauticus.org

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. smv.org

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. vasc.org

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

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. thevlm.org

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. virginiaaquarium.com

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. watermens.org

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. historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm

Eco-Discovery Park—A true eco-tourism destination. The park is designed to promote adventure and recreation in a manner that appreciates the natural world. Current amenities include canoe and kayak rentals, with available guided tours; bike rentals and marina. Additional planned features include a nature trail system, exhibit areas and amphitheatre.ecodiscoverypark.org

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