Educate your group at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Experience the story of America's beginnings

Visit Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Through film, artifact-filled galleries and outdoor living history, these museums engage visitors in the first two centuries of our nation's history - from the founding of America's first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, tells the story of America's first permanent English colony through film, gallery exhibits and living history. Expansive gallery exhibits and an introductory film trace Jamestown's beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia. Outdoors, visitors can board replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, explore life-size re-creations of the colonists' fort and a Powhatan village, and tour a seasonal riverfront discovery area to learn about European, Powhatan and African economic activities associated with water. In the outdoor areas, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in the early 17th century.

Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, chronicles America's evolution from colonial status to nationhood through a unique blend of film, thematic exhibits and outdoor living history.  Indoor exhibition galleries feature a rare 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence, recount the war's effect on 10 ordinary men and women, highlight the roles of different nationalities in the Siege of Yorktown and explore the story of the Betsy and other British ships lost in the York River during the war. "The Legacy of Yorktown: Virginia Beckons" exhibition examines how people from many different cultures shaped a new society and the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Outdoors, visitors can explore a re-created Continental Army encampment, where historical interpreters describe and depict daily life of American soldiers at the end of the war. A re-created 1780s farm, complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and herb and vegetable garden, shows how many Americans lived in the decade following the Revolutionary War. The Yorktown Victory Center continues to welcome visitors as it undergoes a transformation over the next few years into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. 

Tickets and Packages

Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center will immerse your group in the story of our nation's past through stimulating gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. If you are looking for spouse programs, family activities and corporate outings, a visit to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center may be the perfect addition to your plans. Groups of 15 or more receive group admission rates and can select one of our Group Programs, such as Legacy Learning, a Guided Tour, Hands-on Educational Program or a Self-Guided Visit. For those attendees who prefer to visit on their own, choose one of our Ticket Program options that will allow your organization to purchase tickets for inclusion in meeting registration or to sell tickets at your meeting or convention. To plan your customized visit, go to www.historyisfun.org or contact group reservations at (888) 593-4682 or email groupsales@jyf.virginia.gov. Download a group planner[PDF]  Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center indoor and outdoor facilities can be made available to groups for after-hours events. Details are available at: www.historyisfun.org/Meetings-and-Conventions.htm. Additionally, a selection of items suitable for use as conference gifts and prizes is available at www.shophistoryisfun.com.

America's Historic Triangle, History Is Fun (Jamestown Settlement/Yorktown Victory Center Combination Ticket), and the Williamsburg Flex Vacation are some the admission tickets and vacation packages that include Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. Tickets and packages can be purchased online at www.historyisfun.org or at the museums, contact group reservations for group pricing and reservations.

Jamestown 1607-2007

The 400th anniversary of this seminal event in American history was commemorated throughout 2007 with major events, exhibits and educational programs, for which Jamestown Settlement served as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia's principal stages.

Student Groups

At Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center - two of America's most exciting outdoor classrooms - your students will love discovering the sights and sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries while learning about their nation's history. For full program details and pricing, visit educational adventures page to learn more about how the hands-on educational programs and guided tours at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center museums enrich your group's experience and knowledge about Virginia and American history. Programs are available for student, adult and multigenerational groups. Be sure to check out the Government and Leadership tour at Jamestown Settlement and download the education planner[PDF].


Top 10 reasons to choose
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center
for your next Group event:

  1. Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are open year-round, offering a compelling experience through gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor re-created settings to tell the story of America's beginnings.
  2. People of all ages will discover aspects of the 17th and 18th centuries at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center as they encounter costumed historical interpreters demonstrating everyday life in re-created settings.
  3. Jamestown Settlement gallery exhibits, featuring artifacts, dioramas and multimedia presentations, chronicle the nation's 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures.
  4. Gallery exhibits at the Yorktown Victory Center explore various themes from the Declaration of Independence as a "dangerous" document and the events that led to the convergence of American, French and British forces at Yorktown in 1781 to the stories of people who shaped Virginia society and the creation of a new national government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  5. Climb aboard re-creations of the 1607 ships - Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery - to experience the cramped conditions for English colonists during the voyage to Virginia.
  6. Wander through the reed-covered houses in a re-created Powhatan Indian village at Jamestown Settlement to learn about the culture of Virginia's first inhabitants. Visitors can grind corn, observe Powhatan cooking and learn to make tools of stone and bone.
  7. Try on 17th-century-style armor in Jamestown Settlement's re-created colonial fort and watch musketeers demonstrate the firing of a matchlock musket.
  8. Explore life of a Continental Army soldier during the Revolutionary War at the Yorktown Victory Center's re-created encampment. Try on a regimental coat, learn about 18th-century medicine and hear the boom of artillery fired daily by costumed historical interpreters.
  9. The Yorktown Victory Center's re-created 1780s farm shows a typical life of a farming family after the Revolution. Explore the farmhouse and kitchen, and lend a hand in picking beans or tending the gardens and crops.
  10. Hands-on educational programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center museums enrich your group's experience and knowledge about Virginia and American history. Programs available for student, adult and multigenerational groups.
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Operating Hours

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15). Both museums are closed on Christmas and New Year's days.

Location

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. The museums are separated by a 30-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway.

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


2014 Special Programs

February 1-28:
“From Africa to Virginia” Theme Month, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

March 15-16:
Military Through the Ages, Jamestown Settlement

May 10:
Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement &   Historic Jamestowne

June 1-30:
“Fashion in Colonial Virginia” Theme Month, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

July 4-6:
Liberty Celebration, Yorktown Victory Center

August 1-31:
“Arms & Artillery” Theme Month, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

September 19, 2014 - September 8, 2015
“Linking Logs: The Evolution of the Chesapeake Bay Canoe” Special Exhibition, Jamestown Settlement

October 18-19:
Yorktown Victory Celebration, Yorktown Victory Center

November 27-29:
Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

December 1, 2014-January 4, 2015:
"A Colonial Christmas" Theme Month, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center


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