WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 27, 2018 — Jamestown Settlement® and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown® feature dynamic special programs in 2018 and debut two special exhibitions on the art of artillery at the Siege of Yorktown and the little-known stories of women in Jamestown and the Virginia colony. These two premier living-history museums of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia offer year-round experiences that immerse visitors in the story of America’s beginnings.
The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which celebrated its grand opening last year, tells the stories of citizens and soldiers caught up in the Revolution through film, immersive gallery exhibits with artifacts, interactive displays and an experiential theater, and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
Visitors to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown can experience “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence,” a special exhibition opening June 10, featuring American, British and French artillery and the technology and innovation that delivered the last great victory of the American Revolution. A series of artillery programs, demonstrations and musical performances accompany the exhibit from June to December.
The year also features “An Afternoon of Cultural Cuisine” at 2 p.m. April 28 with Michael W. Twitty, African-American-Jewish culinary historian and author, and annual patriotic events, Liberty Celebration on July 4 and Yorktown Victory Celebration October 20 and 21, marking the 237th anniversary of the British surrender at Yorktown.
At Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, visitors can experience new interactive gallery exhibits exploring the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in the 1600s. As part of a phased gallery enhancement, sections of Jamestown Settlement’s expansive gallery exhibits undergo refurbishment this year with new technology and an immersive theater for completion in time for the observance of the 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION.
“TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” a special yearlong exhibition and 2019 Legacy Project opening November 10 at Jamestown Settlement, explores captivating personal stories of the women in Jamestown and the early Virginia colony, connecting women’s issues of the 17th century and their relevance today. A series of special programs, from public lectures to performances, complement the exhibition.
Popular events returning to Jamestown Settlement include Military Through the Ages on March 17 and 18, Jamestown Day on May 12, American Indian Intertribal Powwow on September 29 and 30, and Family Frights on the evenings of October 26 and 27. The holiday season at both museums include Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia November 22-24, and Christmastide in Virginia December 20-31. Jamestown Settlement also features “A Diplomatic America” lecture series at 7 p.m. September 6, 13 and 20, examining the complexities and challenges of diplomatic negotiation.
Both museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. June 15 through August 15; closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Special programs during museum operating hours are included with general admission. A value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12 and, to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12. Children under age 6 are free. An annual pass also is available. Parking at the museums is free.
Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 at the Colonial Parkway next to Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery (on behalf of Preservation Virginia). The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service. The museums are a short distance from Busch Gardens®, Colonial Williamsburg® and other attractions. Museum admission is included in several Williamsburg area joint tickets and vacation packages.
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