Relive the experience of America's first permanent English colony.
Welcome to Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture.
Near the site of the original colony, discover the story of America’s beginnings through immersive films, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. You’ll learn about the Virginia Indians who occupied the Virginia landscape for centuries, the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to establish America’s first permanent English colony and the first documented arrival of West Central Africans in 1619, leading to cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation.
Take time to explore expansive gallery exhibits and an introductory film that describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, English and West Central Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia, and trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony through 1699. Gallery exhibits incorporate new historical research and technology and feature artifacts, interactive displays, short films and “Bacon’s Rebellion” experiential theater.
In the outdoor living-history areas – accessible only on guided tours through February 28 – costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early Jamestown. Explore life-size re-creations of a 1610-14 fort and a Paspahegh town. Climb aboard a re-creation of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607.
Through February 28, outdoor guided tours are available each day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours, offered as weather permits, are included with museum admission and begin at the end of the historical timeline in Jamestown Settlement’s Great Hall.
Extend Your Visit with a Trip to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
There’s more history to discover with a combination ticket that includes the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, offering savings on single museum admission. Both museums are open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas and New Year’s days.
COVID-19 safety protocols at the museums feature adjustments to operations for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the museum experience. Learn more.