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New 'Fall Into History' Family Programs Offered November 9-20 With Special Museum Admission, In-Person Education Stations and Virtual Activities

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 5, 2020 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission November 9-20 during “Fall Into History” – a new way for families to explore 17th- and 18th-century Virginia history with a blend of in-person educational programs, virtual learning activities and access to a guided tour with a museum educator.

Fall Into History

A family explores the re-created Revolution-era farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Courtesy of Visit Williamsburg.

“Fall Into History” delivers interactive educational opportunities for students to continue learning about early American history outside of the classroom. Programs are designed to meet Virginia Standards of Learning, focusing on Virginia history, science and exploration in the 17th century and the ideas behind the Declaration of Independence and development of the U.S. Constitution more than a century later.

Families can discover the story of America’s beginnings with an educational, engaging and exciting experience at these two living-history museums administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. New safety and social-distancing protocols allow visitors of all ages to enjoy extensive indoor gallery exhibits and outdoor living-history areas to connect with the stories of our shared history.

Admission is $13 per family member and offers unlimited admission November 9-20 to both Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Children under age 4 are free. Tickets can be purchased online through the eStore or in person at either museum. Discounts are available for students in Williamsburg-James City County and York County public schools – only available when purchased on-site with proof of residency.

Tickets include:

— Admission to Jamestown Settlement, featuring refreshed exhibition galleries, short films and outdoor living-history areas that offer access to re-creations of a Paspahegh town, 1610-1614 colonial fort and three ships that sailed to Virginia in 1607.

— Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, featuring expansive exhibition galleries, short films in immersive settings and outdoor living history experiences in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

— Access to pre-register for a 90-minute educator tour at either museum on Saturday, November 14.

— In-person access to education stations offering opportunities to engage with museum educators from a safe social distance at either museum.

— Online access to pre-recorded virtual tours of both museums for families to watch at their own pace.

Educator Guided Tours – Advance Registration Required

Ticketholders can pre-register for a 90-minute educator-led guided tour of Jamestown Settlement or the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, offered on Saturday, November 14, at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Space is limited to 15 people per tour, and pre-registration is required by November 10 to ensure availability. To pre-register, contact felicia.abrams@jyf.virginia.gov.

Education Stations at the Museums

Education stations at each museum allow families to interact with educators from a safe distance as they explore a variety of historical topics, engage in critical thinking, primary source analysis and discovering how historians use clues from the past to put together a historical narrative. These activities are designed to meet the Virginia Studies Standards of Learning.

At Jamestown Settlement, stations will be available at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. on November 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 20. Families will test their map-reading skills as they navigate John Smith’s Map of Virginia, and discuss the map’s history and English exploration in Virginia. At a different station, students jump into the world of STEM to develop and test a hypothesis on water quality and why the James River made the early English colonists sick. Through scientific testing, students use modern skills to answer questions of the past.

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, stations will be available at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. on November 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19. At one station, families can examine the Declaration of Independence, the influences Thomas Jefferson drew upon when writing this historic document, and the people responsible for writing this historic document. Another station will explore the American Revolution from the diverse perspectives of ordinary people during this extraordinary time.

Virtual Museum Tours

Families also will have access to pre-recorded virtual tours of both museums, accessible online November 9-20. Program details, including access codes for online activities and virtual tours, will be provided in welcome packets for families who register for the programs.

‘Fall Into History’ Admission Tickets

For more information about tickets for “Fall Into History” family education programs, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593. Tickets can be purchased online through the eStore or in person at either museum.

About the Museums

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Yorktown. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org.