Jamestown Settlement

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

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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, Europeans and Africans who converged in 17th-century Virginia, and trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony.

Sections of Jamestown Settlement gallery exhibits have undergone a phased renovation to incorporate new historical research and technology —  interactive touch screens, immersive exhibits and a new “Bacon’s Rebellion” experiential theater. Through March 22, 2020, view pages of the original 1619 minutes of the first General Assembly on loan from The National Archives, U.K., on display for the first time in 400 years since they were written.

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 the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan Indian village. In the outdoor areas, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th-century Jamestown.

Dine at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe and shop in museum stores. A variety of Jamestown admission tickets and vacation packages are available with Williamsburg area attractions.

This unique museum of 17th-century American history and culture is located adjacent to the entrance of the original site, Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery on behalf of Preservation Virginia.

Discover Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and save with a value-priced combination ticket.

Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15 to August 15), except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.