2017 Special Programs
Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
March 18-19: Military Through the Ages, Jamestown Settlement – Re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. Weekend features artillery firings, a Saturday children’s parade and Sunday military pass-in-review. This year’s event also highlights the centennial of America’s entry into World War I.
March 23-April 4: Grand Opening of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Celebrate the opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, featuring an introductory film, timeline, immersive exhibition galleries and living-history experiences that show the epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage. Over the course of the 13-day celebration, each day will highlight one of America’s 13 original states. Virginia Day on April 1 will feature a dedication ceremony.
May 13: Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne – Salute the 410th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, with maritime and interpretive demonstrations, archaeology programs and tours. Separate site admission.
June 3-4: Historic Trades Fair, Jamestown Settlement – Blacksmiths, potters, turners, carvers, spinners and more gather to showcase historical trades and sell crafts and wares.
July 4: Liberty Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Salute the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the historic document.
July 15, 2017 through January 28, 2018: “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, Jamestown Settlement – Four hundred years after the 1617 death of Pocahontas in England, her image and legend lives on. Using depictions of Pocahontas from across the centuries, this special exhibition illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy and her impressions on popular culture and art. Public lectures presented in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will take place on September 5 and 13 and October 3.
October 7-8: American Indian Intertribal Powwow, Jamestown Settlement – Join in a two-day celebration of song, dance and storytelling, featuring American Indian tribes.
October 14-15: Yorktown Victory Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Military life and artillery firings mark the 236th anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. October 19 commemorative events take place in historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield.
October 20-21: Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement, 6:30-9 p.m. – A Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children and families features trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, grizzly games, and spooky straw maze. Separate admission fee.
November 23-25: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement& American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Culinary practices of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.
December 1-31: A Colonial Christmas, Jamestown Settlement& American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Experience holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia and, on Dec. 23-31, musical entertainment of the period and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule. (Museums closed December 25.)
Admission: In 2017, a value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 6-12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Special programs and exhibits 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 www.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.