Friday, January 27, 2023

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Visitors explore the “Reign & Rebellion” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (Courtesy of Visit Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown has a list of upcoming festive holiday events and experiences for guests who want to experience the holidays from a historical perspective.

The two history museums tell the story of the nation’s beginnings in the 17th and 18th centuries and the convergence of Virginia Indian, English and West Central African cultures using immersive gallery exhibits and films and interactive living history in outdoor re-created settings, according to a press release.

Admission to each museum is $18 for adults, and $9 for children (ages 6-12). There are also combination tickets available priced at $30 for adults and $15 for children (ages 6-12). Children ages five and under get in free. Residents of York County, James City County, and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation says.

Upcoming events (Descriptions and Event Schedule Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation):

Friday & Saturday, Nov. 25-26: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Where: Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Indigenous foodways at Jamestown Settlement’s re-created Paspahegh Town during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” (Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, explore centuries-old cooking techniques at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Long before microwaves, electric stoves and refrigerators, early Virginians prepared meals in clay pots and iron kettles, and preserved food by smoking and salt curing. At Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, November 26, special tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. explore waterways of Indigenous Virginia. Included with museum admission.

Now on Display: Reign & Rebellion Special Exhibition
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

“Christmastide in Virginia” at Jamestown Settlement features English Christmas customs with appearances by the Lord of Misrule (Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Discover Virginia through the lens of the Stuart monarchy, whose royal foothold impacted and influenced early America and shaped the struggles and determination of those who lived in the colony in the 17th and 18th centuries. This two-fold special exhibition on display through Sept. 5, 2023 spans the centuries and makes connections between the past and our present, to illuminate how the Stuarts — and their legacies in Virginia — are closer than you think. Included with museum admission.

Sunday, Nov. 27: Museum Store Sunday
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

In time for the holiday season, both museum shops will join museum stores worldwide on Sunday, Nov. 27, for Museum Store Sunday – offering a special 20% discount on total in-store purchases. All purchases support the educational mission of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Dec. 3: Reign & Rebellion Lecture “One Exhibit, Two Museums”
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Visitors explore the “Reign & Rebellion” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. (Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Join the Reign & Rebellion team of curators, historians and exhibition planners for “One Exhibit, Two Museums.” This free public lecture will examine the process, challenges and considerations behind mounting simultaneous exhibitions across two museums spanning four centuries of history. Online registration required.

Dec. 18-31: Christmastide in Virginia
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

“Christmastide in Virginia” at Jamestown Settlement features English Christmas customs with appearances by the Lord of Misrule (Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Christmastide in Virginia at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Enjoy festive fun with period musical entertainment at both museums.

For more information and updates from Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, visit Jfmuseums.org or follow its official Facebook page.

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