WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 30, 2015 – From private tours to vacation packages, there are a variety of ways to plan a visit this spring or summer to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of the nation’s beginnings through engaging experiences in gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created settings.
At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can climb aboard replicas of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, try on armor and play quoits inside a re-created colonial fort, and grind corn and help fashion a dugout canoe in a Powhatan Indian village. Expansive exhibition galleries portray 17th-century Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures through artifacts, films and interactive exhibits. At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, exhibits, films and participatory activities transport visitors from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Outdoors, a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm provide encounters with the daily lives of soldiers and civilians. Visitors can explore soldiers’ tents, join an artillery crew, weed and water crops, and play 18th-century games.
Private tours, available year-round at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, offer families and small groups a customized and in-depth experience with a personal tour guide. Designed for parties of 14 or fewer, a private tour can be added – with advance reservations – to any admission ticket option. Visitors interested in focusing on particular subject areas – foodways, military, historical clothing or gardens – can enhance their private tour with a premium-theme add-on. Information about private tours and premium themes is available at hif.ciniva.net/visit/special-experiences/private-tours/.
Visitors can save with a combination ticket for Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The two museums also are included with Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens® and other attractions in a variety of Williamsburg area best-value ticket options in 2015 featuring unlimited admission for seven consecutive days, free admission for children under 6 and free parking. Tickets are available at hif.ciniva.net/visit/admission-rates/ and can be packaged with lodging (hif.ciniva.net/visit/vacation-packages/):
History Is Fun! A combination ticket to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center provides unlimited admission to each museum for seven consecutive days when purchased online and represents a 20 percent savings over single-visit, individual-museum admission. The ticket is $21.00 for adults, $10.50 for ages 6 through 12. Package variations include “Historical Gardens,” “Art Escape to Williamsburg” and “History, Shopping and Fun!”
Jamestown and Yorktown Four-Site Value. One ticket for seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center is $35.00 for adults, $23.00 for ages 13-15, $12.50 for ages 6-12, and can be packaged with lodging.
America’s Historic Triangle. One ticket for seven consecutive days of unlimited visits to five historical attractions – Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, Yorktown Battlefield, and the Yorktown Victory Center – is $89.00 for adults, $41.00 for ages 6-15, and can be packaged with lodging.
Williamsburg Flex. One ticket for seven consecutive days of unlimited visits, spring to mid-fall, to six attractions – Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown Victory Center, and Busch Gardens® – is $193.50 for adults, $152.20 for ages 6-15 and can be packaged with lodging. From mid-May through Labor Day, the Williamsburg Flex ticket includes Water Country USA® as a free bonus.
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. from June 15 through August 15. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway next to Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit hif.ciniva.net.