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Family-friendly programs are offered throughout the year.

October 2014 program schedule

Check the Calendar for other museum programs offered during your visit.

Museum Programs

Enhance your museum experience by participating in special programs at the Colonial Williamsburg museums. Whether you want to take an in-depth look at a particular artist or introduce your children to the exciting world of art by participating in a hands-on activity, you are sure to find a program you will enjoy. Live performances at the Hennage Auditorium, conversations with a Nation Builder, lectures by visiting scholars, special tours led by curators - check our calendar for daily program details. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

October at the Museums

  • Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia

    Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia

    Tuesday, Oct 28 and Thursday, Oct 30 at 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov 1 at 11:30 a.m.

    Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors. Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. Copies of his book "These Detestable Slaves of the Devill" will be available in the Museum Store with a booksigning to follow the lecture.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Williamsburg Old Time Radio Hour

    Williamsburg Old Time Radio Hour
    Special Halloween Edition

    Saturday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m.

    Travel back in time and attend a "live" radio broadcast. This special Halloween show features local legends and ancient superstitions, accompanied by spooky sound effects and live music. Bring the entire family to hear these entertaining, spine-tingling tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • To Be Seen as an American

    To Be Seen as an American

    Wednesday, October 15 and 29 at 11:30 a.m.

    Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • History Witnesses

    History Witnesses

    Tuesdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28 at 10:30 a.m.

    On a guided tour explore objects that played a role in Williamsburg's history, such as the clockworks from the original Capitol building. What stories could it tell?

    1 hour

  • Hands-on Holiday Craft Workshops

    Hands-on Holiday Craft Workshops

    Fridays at 10:30, starting October 17

    Needlebook Workshop

    October 17
    Celebrate the holidays by stitching a needlebook inspired by quilts on exhibit.
    Approx. 90 minutes - All supplies included, extra $10 ticket required in addition to museum admissions.

    Mini Scrapbook Workshop

    October 23
    Try your hand at creating a mini scrapbook to commemorate your visit. First, learn about folk art as memory art, then create a mini scrapbook to take home.
    Approx. 90 minutes - A $5 ticket is required in addition to regular admission.

    Reverse Painting on Glass Workshop

    October 31
    Learn about reverse painting on glass, a popular 19th-century craft, then try your hand at it. You'll have a special reminder of your visit.
    Approx. 90 minutes - $15 in addition to museum admission.