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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art and DeWitt Walla


Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art and DeWitt Walla

326 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, 23185, VA

Families rave about visiting both the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art and the DeWitt Wallace Museums. Both museums are located inside a building that once housed mentally ill patients. Abby, the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was an avid collector of folk art and left a fascinating museum brimming with items kids love to see including antique dollhouses and period toys. Kids will also discover small hands-on activities like drawing projects scattered throughout the museums. Two particularly kid-friendly exhibits are Down on the Farm (follow the story of a wooden dog on his adventures) and Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art (cool items that kids enjoy).

For teens look for a special audio tour written and recorded by teenagers called “Teen Takes: A New Angle on Art.”

The DeWitt Wallace museum offers two great exhibits for kids called Crack the Code involving real codes used by George Washington and Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet explaining the myriad ways museum objects are preserved through time.