Colonial Williamsburg

The world’s largest living history museum

   Located in Coastal Virginia

  Open daily

  Save 10% on America’s Historic Triangle Ticket

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Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum, bringing to life the years leading up to the American Revolution.

See what life was like under British rule for 18th-century Virginians in the colonial capital and discover the place where the ideas of America were formed.

Can’t-Miss Activities

  • Tour the Capitol. Dive into the founding principles of our government. Take a guided tour of the Capitol and learn about your rights and responsibilities as citizens of a new republic. 

  • Tour the Governor’s Palace. Explore the seat of Royal power in 18th-century Virginia with costumed interpreter tour guides. 

  • Meet a Nation Builder. Nation Builders portray real historic figures associated with 18th-century Williamsburg who made significant contributions to the American story. Hear the stories of these recognizable figures as well as those not found in history books. Check the events calendar to see who you’ll meet.

  • Meet Tradespeople. Expert tradespeople practice 18th-century crafts such as blacksmithing, weaving, and carpentry throughout the Historic Area. Visit their trade shops and yards. Check the events calendar and toggle to “Sites” to see what’s open, or look for the Grand Union flag out front of open sites.

  • Take a Carriage Ride. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the colonial capital.

  • Visit with Archaeologists. Discover how research and archaeology inform everything you experience in the Historic Area at the archaeology excavation at Custis Square, open Monday through Friday

  • See the Art Museums exhibitions. Check out the exhibitions at the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg with more of the collection on display than ever before. You can even take an audio tour created by teens, featuring 10 must-see items.

  • Meet American Indian Interpreters. Native nations came to Williamsburg regularly in the 18th century to discuss matters of trade, warfare, and diplomacy. Meet with the interpreters at the Palace to learn about the diverse cultures of Native peoples who played a role in creating a new country.

Save 10% on America’s Historic Triangle Ticket

Ticket is valid for 7 consecutive days of unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and Yorktown Battlefield.

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Fully-vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors. One exception is that all guests, vaccinated or non, will be required to wear masks on all Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses, in accordance with public transportation policies.

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This website was created in collaboration with:

  • Colonial Williamsburg

  • Jamestown Settlement

  • Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne

  • American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

  • James Monroe’s Highland

  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

  • James Madison’s Montpelier

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • George Mason’s Gunston Hall

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