WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 24, 2011 – Virginia residents from Richmond to Virginia Beach can now visit Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, state-operated living-history museums that tell the story of the nation’s beginnings, an unlimited number of times during an entire year for the cost of a single-day ticket.
The museums’ American Heritage Annual Pass is offered online to individuals and families living in areas with zip code numbers starting with 230 through 238 at the same price as one-time admission to both museums – $20 per adult and $10 for ages 6 through 12, a savings of more than 40 percent. The annual pass retails at $35 for adults and $17.50 for ages 6 through 12.
The online-only offer is at https://www.historyisfun.org/american-heritage-annual-pass.htm. Proof of residency will be required at the initial museum visit.
Jamestown Settlement chronicles 17th-century Virginia and convergence of Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures through an introductory film and expansive gallery exhibits. Outdoors, at historically based re-creations of a Powhatan village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort, historical interpreters demonstrate daily activities and technology of the 1600s. Seasonally, a riverfront discovery area highlights 17th-century water travel, commerce and cultural exchange.
At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, a timeline and gallery exhibits trace events that led from colonial unrest to the formation of a new nation. In an outdoor re-created Continental Army encampment, historical interpreters describe and depict the daily life of American soldiers during the last year of the war. A re-created 1780s farm shows how many Americans lived at the time of the Revolution.
Daily demonstrations and participatory activities, from military drills to tending crops, engage visitors of all ages at both museums. Annual passes and general admission tickets include admission to special events and exhibitions and free parking. Residents of the City of Williamsburg, including the College of William and Mary, and James City and York counties receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.
Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway next to Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service.
For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit hif.ciniva.net.