Experience the story of America's
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, 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
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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,
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].
10 reasons to choose
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center
for your next Group event:
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Try on 17th-century-style armor in Jamestown
Settlement's re-created colonial fort and watch musketeers demonstrate the
firing of a matchlock musket.
- 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
- 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
- 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