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2020 Special Programs & Events

at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Enjoy an array of interactive and educational experiences, events and exhibitions at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, two living-history museums that share the stories of real people and events of early America.


WINTER 2020

Through March 22: “Forgotten Soldier” Special Exhibition, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation.

February 1-29: African-American Cultural Heritage Month, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Gallery exhibits, films and educational programs explore the experiences of Africans and African Americans in early America, from the first known Africans in Virginia in 1619 to the role of African Americans in the Revolutionary War.

February 27: “Revolution!” Special Lecture – Karen E. Sutton, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 7 p.m. – Research historian Karen E. Sutton discusses African-American soldiers and sailors in the Revolutionary War. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting January 2.

February 29: After Angelo, Jamestown Settlement – Celebrate African-American culture and heritage with a day of music, song and storytelling honoring the legacy of Angelo, the first African woman named in Jamestown’s historical record.


SPRING 2020

March 7 – April 26: “18th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists” Special Exhibition, Jamestown Settlement – Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the American Society of Marine Artists has presented its prestigious National Exhibition every three years in museums across the country, highlighting the works of artists representing the best in American marine art by juried competition. The special exhibition also features a “paint out” at the ships pier on March 7 (weather dependent).

March 21-22: Military Through the Ages, Jamestown Settlement – More than 500 military re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries.

March 26: “Revolution” Special Lecture – Dr. Kacy Tillman, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 7 p.m. – Published scholar Dr. Kacy Tillman examines loyalist women writers of the American Revolution. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting January 30.

April 7-11: “The Tempest,” Jamestown Settlement, 7:30 p.m. – This tale of revenge and redemption on a magical island, believed to have been inspired by the wreck of the Jamestown-bound ship “Sea Venture” in 1609, blows into Jamestown Settlement in celebration of the month Shakespeare was born. An evening ticketed event.

April 23: “Revolution!” Special Lecture – Mark Schneider, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 7 p.m. – Veteran historical interpreter Mark Schneider explores Lafayette, Napoleon and the French Revolution. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting February 27.

May 9: Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne – Mark the 413th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown with interpretive programs and artillery firings. Climb aboard a Jamestown Settlement ship and see one sail, and take part in archaeo­logical programs at Historic Jamestowne. Separate site admission.

May 21: “Revolution!” Special Lecture – Henry Louis Gates, Jr., American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 7 p.m. – Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Emmy-award winning filmmaker, literary scholar and cultural critic, examines reconstruction and dawn of the Jim Crow era. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting March 26.


SUMMER 2020

June 13 – January 10, 2021: “FOCUS: 100 Years of Virginia Indians in Photography” Special Exhibition, Jamestown Settlement – Focus on 100 years of Virginia Indians in images dating from the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 to federal recognition today, as photography collected in collaboration with Virginia Indian tribes from professional and personal collections charts this century of change.

July 4: Liberty Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Salute the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with music, military drills and artillery demonstrations.


FALL 2020

September 2: “From Past to Present” Special Lecture – Dr. Lucy Worsley, Jamestown Settlement – Dr. Lucy Worsley, OBE, chief curator at historic royal palaces and one of British TV’s leading public historians and authors, investigates if walls could talk. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting July 8.

September 16-19 & 23-26: “Season of the Witch,” Jamestown Settlement, 7:30 p.m. – An immersive nighttime theatrical experience set in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created fort brings to life the 1626 witchcraft trial of Jane Wright. An evening ticketed event.

October 10-11: American Indian Intertribal Powwow, Jamestown Settlement – Join in a two-day celebration of song, dance and storytelling by members of American Indian tribes.

October 17-18: Yorktown Victory Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Revolutionary War re-enactors and artillery firings salute the 239th anniversary of America’s momentous victory at Yorktown. Commemorative events also take place in Historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield.

October 23 & 24: Family Frights, Jamestown Settlement, 6:30-9 p.m. – A Halloween-themed museum night for young children and families with trick-or-treating, ghostly games, haunted houses and spooky ships. An evening ticketed event.

October 29: “From Past to Present” Special Lecture – Luke Pecoraro, Jamestown Settlement – Curatorial services director Luke Pecoraro explores whiskey in America, education and libation. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting September 3.

November 19: “From Past to Present” Special Lecture – Chris Daley, Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Historical clothing expert Chris Daley examines creating costume for interpretation, stage and screen. Admission to this evening lecture is free. Advance reservations are required at rsvp.lecture@jyf.virginia.gov or (757) 253-4572 and available to the public starting September 24.

November 26-28: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Explore centuries-old culinary practices and cooking techniques of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during this three-day event starting Thanksgiving Day.

December 19-31: Christmastide in Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Experience Virginia colonial holiday traditions with a variety of interpretive programs, cooking demonstrations and musical entertainment. Museums closed December 25.


Admission: In 2020, a value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $27.50 for adults and $13.50 for ages 6-12.  Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.50 for adults and $8.25 for ages 6-12. Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $15.25 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Special programs and exhibitions included in admission during museum operating hours.

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15 to August 15); closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Location: Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. The museums are separated by a 30-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, an America’s Byways “All-American Road.”

General Information: Call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit historyisfun.org.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.