In honor of Museum Day, why not plan a visit to a museum in James City County? With two primary museums at Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne, each is filled with history and has dynamic experiences.
- At Jamestown Settlement, don't just visit the past, get into it! This living history museum of 17th-century Virginia offers expansive indoor gallery exhibits with artifacts, films, dioramas and interactive displays and outdoor, interactive hands-on activities with costumed historical interpreters in re-created settings of the period. Try on 17th-century style armor in the re-created colonial fort, scrape out a dugout canoe in a re-created Powhatan Indian village and climb aboard a re-creation of one of three ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607.
Tip: Local residents receive free admission to Jamestown Settlement.
- Historic Jamestowne allows visitors to stand on the same ground as the colonists did in 1607. With recreated pieces of history paired with the Nathalie P. & Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, you are certain to learn a thing or two. The Archaerium houses more than 2,000 artifacts and is the award-winning archaeology museum at Historic Jamestowne.
Tip: You can learn even more about Historic Jamestowne with a “behind the scenes” tour.
James City County is also home to the Virginia Musical Museum. The museum houses a collection of over forty years is combined with donations from famous Virginia music artists. The museum also includes antique musical instruments, mechanical music machines, phonographs and many personal items from Virginia artists.
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