Jamestown Settlement

Relive the experience of America's first permanent English colony.

Welcome to Jamestown Settlement! In response to COVID-19, we’ve made adjustments to operations and access to outdoor living-history areas and gallery exhibits so that you can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols and social-distancing procedures. Click here to learn more.

Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia, from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history.

Expansive gallery exhibits and an introductory film describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, English and West Central Africans who converged in 17th-century Virginia, and trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony. Discover refreshed gallery exhibits, incorporating new historical research and technology, including immersive displays, films and a new “Bacon’s Rebellion” experiential theater.

In the outdoor areas – open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th-century Jamestown. Climb aboard a re-creation of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607. Explore life-size re-creations of a 1610-14 fort and a Paspahegh town.

Discover Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and save with a value-priced combination ticket. Both museums are open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas and New Year’s days.