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Future Exhibits
at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

  • Bruton Parish Church

    Faith, Community and Change:
    The Early History of Bruton Parish Church.

    2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the church building which is still a landmark in the Williamsburg townscape. The exhibition will explore the first hundred years of the church's history and its important role in the community. On view will be the 18th-century church silver as well as prayer books and register books. Also included will be the original weathervane.

    Opens November 27, 2014

  • Dollhouse

    The World Made Small

    Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world. On view will be a museum favorite — the enormous Long island Dollhouse made around 1900 and fully furnished. The earliest dollhouse in the exhibit was made in 1820 for twin girls. Other houses include a house made in the Chesapeake around 1835 and a colonial revival house made around 1940. While young girls played house, what about the young boys? Wonderful German-made playsets from the 19th century will be featured including a fort, a soldiers' campsite and a farm.

    Opens November 27, 2014

  • China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America

    Birds, Bugs and Plants:
    Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century

    Birds, Bugs and Plants: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century will explore the growth of interest in natural history during the period. With the settlement of the New World, many Englishman and colonists were fascinated by the plants and animals that were native to the region. These gentlemen on both sides of the Atlantic exchanged specimens and ideas and sponsored the avid collecting and documenting of birds, bugs and plants. Gardens, carefully planned and laid out, furthered the studies and enjoyment both privately and publically. Beautiful watercolors, hand-colored prints and period books illustrate this story.

    Opens February 21, 2015