December 18, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—Virginia residents are invited to visit Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center with a 50 percent discount off general admission on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February and national holidays on January 21 and February 18. The two state-operated living-history museums tell the story of the nation’s beginnings, from the arrival of America’s first permanent English colonists in 1607 to the American Revolution and the formation of a new nation in the 18th century.
The discount program was created in 2007, the 400th-anniversary year of the founding of America’s first permanent English settlement, to encourage Virginia residents to experience special programming and new exhibits during the anniversary year and beyond. The 400th-anniversary special exhibition “The World of 1607,” placing Jamestown in a global context, continues through April 9, 2008, at Jamestown Settlement. New in 2008 are twice-daily guided tours of the museum’s expansive year-old permanent exhibition galleries. The February theme “From Africa to Virginia,” with Jamestown Settlement daily tours and interpretive programs highlighting the culture of the first known Africans in Virginia and the experience of Africans in 17th-century Virginia, launches a yearlong series of heritage-themed programs and events.
Jamestown Settlement’s introductory film and permanent galleries chronicle the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures. Outdoors, visitors can board a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607 and explore life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan Indian village. A riverfront discovery area compares the technology and economic activities of Powhatan, European and African cultures.
At the Yorktown Victory Center, gallery exhibits explore the Declaration of Independence as a “dangerous” document and the impact of the Revolution on men and women from diverse backgrounds. “The Legacy of Yorktown: Virginia Beckons,” tells the story of people who shaped Virginia society and the creation of a new national government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. An outdoor living-history Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm provide a realistic look at the daily lives of people of the era.
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 15 through August 15. A regularly priced combination ticket for both museums is $19.25 for adults, $9.25 for children ages 6-12. Jamestown Settlement admission is $13.50 for adults, $6.25 for ages 6-12. Yorktown Victory Center admission is $9.25 for adults, $5.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.
To obtain the 50 percent discount on general admission on weekends in January and February, Virginia residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license. Children accompanying adult Virginia residents will receive the 50 percent discount. The discount does not apply to group admissions or for guests who reside outside Virginia or at other times during the year.
Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway, next to Historic Jamestowne, in James City County. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.=