Fine furniture, exquisite art exhibits, and some of America's first interior designs.
Enter the years immediately before the Revolution and experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Feel the tension between the rulers and the ruled in this revolutionary time as the British government's authority was increasingly questioned. Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. From the large display of period swords and guns to the elegant décor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress.
Visit one of the oldest houses in Williamsburg and discover the rags-to-riches story of Thomas Everard, who arrived from London as an orphaned apprentice and became a wealthy planter and civic leader. Furnished with 18th-century antiques, the house has been meticulously restored to its early appearance. The kitchen and smokehouse are also original buildings.
You may be surprised that many of today's home furnishings are deeply tied to those of the past. Take an in-depth guided tour of 18th- and early 19th-century furniture. You'll see rare baroque, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy today.Learn More
Explore and learn on a guided tour of some of the museum's masterworks on exhibit, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and silver.Learn More
John D. Rockefeller Jr. was the financial power that made the Colonial Williamsburg restoration possible. Furnished in the 1930s and 1940s with folk art, 18th-century antiques, and 20th-century accessories, each room of Bassett Hall reveals what made this one of the Rockefellers' favorite retreats.
This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public, spanning more than a century after 1875.
Browse significant furniture pieces from Eastern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New England.
A wide variety of Chinese porcelain with a particular focus on pieces with histories in Virginia.