2019-2020 Special Programs

Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown


Holiday dish with apples and cookies

Gingerbread cookies and apples at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Revolution-era farm kitchen.

December 20-31, 2019: Christmastide in Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Experience 17th- and 18th-century Virginia holiday traditions with variety of interpretive programs, cooking demonstrations and musical entertainment. Museums closed December 25.

Through January 5, 2020: “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” Special Exhibition, Jamestown Settlement – Discover little-known, personal stories of real women in Jamestown and the early Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society. Through artifacts, images, interactives and primary sources – some on display in America for the first time – explore the struggles that Virginia Indian, English and African women faced in the New World, as well as their contributions. From women’s roles to women’s rights, the exhibit connects issues of the 17th century with their relevance today. A legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

Through March 22, 2020: “Forgotten Soldier” Special Exhibition, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom. Related public programs feature a series of lectures, genealogy workshops and interpretive demonstrations with re-enactors from African-American military regiments. Held in conjunction with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. Made possible in part by Altria Group.

February 1-29: African American Cultural Heritage Month, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Compare Angolan culture with that of the English and Powhatan Indians through activities, demonstrations and enhanced exhibits at Jamestown Settlement. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, explore the impact of African Americans in gallery exhibits, lectures and daily programming.

February 29: After Angelo, Jamestown Settlement African-American culture and heritage are celebrated with a day of music, performance and historical presentations honoring the legacy of Angelo, the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown.

March 7–April 26:  “18th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists,Jamestown Settlement Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the American Society of Marine Artists has presented its prestigious National Exhibition every three years in museums across the United States. This highly sought after show highlights the works of artists representing the best in American marine art by juried competition.

March 21-22:  Military Through the Ages, Jamestown Settlement – Military re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries.

May 9: Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne – Salute the 413th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, with interpretive programs and artillery firings. Climb aboard a Jamestown Settlement ship and see one sail, and take part in archaeo­logical programs at Historic Jamestowne. Separate site admission.

June 13–January 10, 2021: “FOCUS: 100 Years of Virginia Indians in Photography” Special Exhibition,  Jamestown Settlement 100 years of Virginia Indians come into focus in images dating from the Racial Integrity Act of the 1920s to Federal recognition today. Photography collected in collaboration with Virginia Indian tribes from professional collections and personal photo albums chart this century of change.

July 4: Liberty Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown View a rare July 1776 broadside surrounded by the signatures of those who proclaimed America’s independence and salute the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with music, military drills and artillery demonstrations.

September 16-19 & 23-26: “Season of the Witch,” Jamestown Settlement An immersive nighttime theatrical experience about the 1626 witchcraft trial of Jane Wright takes place in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created fort. An evening ticketed event.

 October 10-11: American Indian Intertribal Powwow, Jamestown Settlement Join in a two-day celebration of song, dance and storytelling by members of American Indian tribes.

 October 17-18:  Yorktown Victory Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Revolutionary War re-enactors and artillery firings salute the 239th anniversary of America’s momentous victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Commemorative events also take place in Historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield.

 October 23 & 24: Family Frights, Jamestown Settlement A Halloween-themed museum night for young children and families features trick-or-treating, grisly games, ghostly tales, haunted houses and spooky ships. 6:30–9 p.m. An evening ticketed event.

November 26-28: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Explore centuries-old culinary practices and cooking techniques of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

December 19-31: Christmastide in VirginiaJamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Experience Virginia colonial holiday traditions with a variety of interpretive programs, cooking demonstrations and musical entertainment. Museums closed December 25.

Admission: In 2019, a value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $26.00 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12 (2020: $27.50 for adults and $13.50 for ages 6-12).  Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.50 for adults and $8.25 for ages 6-12. Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12 (2020: $15.25 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6-12). Children under 6 are free. Special programs and exhibitions included in admission during museum operating hours.

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15 to August 15); closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Location: Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. The museums are separated by a 30-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, an America’s Byways “All-American Road.”

General Information: Call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit jyfmuseums.org.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


Updated December 2019