Relive the experience of America's first permanent English colony.
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.
Jamestown Settlement is a year-round stage for engaging events and programs as part of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, marking the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Inside permanent gallery exhibits, learn about the significance and impact of the first legislative assembly , arrival of the first recorded Africans, and the influx of English women to the colony. For the first time in 400 years, view pages of the original 1619 minutes on loan from The National Archives, UK, on display through September 30, 2019. The museum was named as one of the New York Times’ 52 Places to Visit in 2019.
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. New gallery exhibits coming in 2019: Sections of Jamestown Settlement gallery exhibits are undergoing a phased renovation to incorporate new historical research and technology, including interactive touch screens, immersive exhibits and a new multimedia experiential theater.
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.
Expanded Summer Programs at Jamestown Settlement – open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15 to August 15
Enjoy a range of historical presentations throughout the day, including cooking, sail-setting, blacksmithing, government and law, piloting and navigation, and pottery of the Powhatan Indians.
At 3 p.m. daily, the ringing of the church bells in the re-created colonial fort signals one of six programs with visitor participation:
- a 17th-century military drill with musketeers, pikemen and targeteers
- a demonstration to learn the steps to fire an artillery piece on aboard a square-rigged ship or on land (followed by its firing!)
- trade between the Powhatan Indian and English cultures
- Powhatan Indian period weaponry
- lifting-and-lading cargo and supplies from one of the re-created 1607 ships
- comparative weaponry among the Powhatan Indian and English cultures
Educational exhibits on wheels, or history “a la carte,” roam Jamestown Settlement’s indoor and outdoor living-history areas – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
Monday and Thursday: African culture of the 17th century
Tuesday and Saturday: History and science of the James River
Thursday and Saturday: Women of early Virginia
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.
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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.