Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg

4.7
#2 of 306 in Museums in Virginia
Situated on the banks of the James River, Historic Jamestowne represents the site of the first English colony in North America. You can wander among reconstructed buildings of the original James Fort, which resemble their 17th-century appearance. Dig deeper by exploring the archaeological museum that displays items from the original English colonists, local Native American tribes, and the Africans who called the region home. Facing the river, catch a glimpse of the statue of John Smith, a leader in the development of the Virginia Colony in its early years. Put Historic Jamestowne and other Williamsburg attractions into our Williamsburg day trip planning app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • REALLY GREAT! The inside parts were closed, but the rest of the outside spaces were open. Very informative and interesting. MAKE SURE YOU BRING WATER WITH YOU! Oh, and when you are close to the...  more »
  • This is a must see while you are in Virginia. So much history here. Due to Covid you are required to wear a face mask at all times and practice social distancing. The church where Pocahontas most...  more »
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  • This is a great way to learn the history of Jamestown. That being said it was way too much walking for my kids ages 5 and 2, and while they really enjoyed the Ed Shed they were really too young to stay interested in the history. The tours that were being conducted sounded great, I would have enjoyed them! Just keep in mind that young kids do not have much to keep their interest here and it is a lot of walking. And DO NOT in anyway CONFUSE THIS WITH the JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT that has a reconstructed replica of the fort, Powhatan village and ships along with people dressed in time period and demonstrating things throughout the settlement.
  • The Visitor Center for the Jamestown site. Not to be confused with the Settlement. A film, a few exhibits and artifacts. Restrooms of course and a gift shop. Entry way to the Jamestown Historic site. Partly run by the Federal government. Remember to check the weather before going. Also remember to check the websites to see what discounts are available for you.

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