Experience Anew the Story of America’s Beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Jamestown Settlement and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, two Williamsburg area premier living-history museums, offer compelling year-round experiences through films, immersive gallery exhibits and interactive living history that engage visitors in the story of America’s beginnings.
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Stories of citizens and soldiers of the American Revolution unfold at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, an expansive history complex featuring an introductory film, immersive gallery exhibits and living-history experiences in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
The museum, which was dedicated on April 1, 207, and replaces the Yorktown Victory Center, presents a renewed perspective on the meaning and impact of the Revolution.
The award-winning introductory film “Liberty Fever” draws visitors into the world of Revolutionary America and sets the stage for indoor gallery and outdoor living-history experiences. Permanent exhibition galleries engage visitors in the tumult, drama and promise of the Revolution through nearly 500 period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films, including an experiential theater that transports visitors to the Siege of Yorktown with wind, smoke and the thunder of cannon fire.
Outdoors, visitors interact with costumed historical interpreters in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm and take part in an array of hands-on activities, from military drills to processing plant fiber for cloth.
At Jamestown Settlement, visitors of all ages will discover the story of the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English colony in the midst of Virginia’s Powhatan chiefdom, the ensuing convergence of diverse cultures, and the evolution of the colony throughout the 17th century. The museum features an introductory film, expansive gallery exhibits and living history in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships, and a 1610-14 fort.
The docudrama film “1607: A Nation Takes Root” offers an overview of the first two decades of the Virginia colony. Gallery exhibits, featuring more than 500 artifacts, dioramas and new interactive gallery exhibits, chronicle the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures.
Outdoors, visitors can board a replica of one of the three ships – Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – that reached Virginia in 1607, try on armor in the fort and, in the Powhatan Indian village, take part in grinding corn, gardening, cordage-making.
Both museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. from June 15 through August 15; closed Christmas and New Year’s days. A value-priced combination ticket for both museums is $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 6 through 12 (2018: $25.50 for adults; $12.25 for ages 6-12). Jamestown Settlement admission is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown admission is $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for ages 6-12 (2018: $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6-12). An annual pass also is available. Parking at the museums is free. Gift shops and cafes are available at each museum.
Jamestown Settlement, located on Route 31 at the Colonial Parkway, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.