Educational Events

Learn While Having Fun

Getting an education doesn't have to mean sitting in a classroom. In Greater Williamsburg, get your fill of knowledge from a variety of events and classes; sit in on jewelry making classes, or walk through a demonstration from colonial times. Get up close and personal with the wild animals of Williamsburg, or do it the old fashioned way with a sit in lecture on the history of wars in the US. There's a class for everyone here in Williamsburg. 

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
York River State Park
May 13, 2017, 10am - 12pm
May 27, 2017, 10am - 12pm
June 10, 2017, 10am - 12pm
July 8, 2017, 10am - 12pm
July 22, 2017, 10am - 12pm
August 12, 2017, 10am - 12pm
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
September 9 - 30, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with us. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures! Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river; and don't worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and we'll teach you ways to protect them.  Reservations are recommended.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 12 - September 30, 2017, 10am - 12pm

During this seven-week course, we'll teach the fundamentals of building a wooden boat model. Guests will receive a high quality boat model kit and all the tools necessary to build their first ship model! Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: August 12, 19, and 26 and September 9, 16, 23, and 30. There will be no class on September 2 due to Labor Day weekend. Please plan to attend all 7 weeks if possible! Ages 12 and up.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
Governor's Palace
Repeats Daily.
September 9 - 24, 2017, 10am - 1pm

Explore the palace home of Virginia's last royal governor on this interactive visit. This tour focuses on the governor's family and their time at the Palace and is best suited for families with young children (grades pre-K through 6). Space is limited. A free-reservation ticket is required in addition to the Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. Two 25 minute tours available daily.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 24, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
September 23, 2017, 2pm - 4pm

In this basket weaving workshop, you’ll learn how to weave baskets from the needles of the longleaf pine, a tree once common in Virginia and long prized for its utility in shipbuilding. Admission to this event is $20 for general admission; $10 for Members.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Governor's Palace
Repeats Daily.
September 9 - 24, 2017, 10am - 1pm

Explore the palace home of Virginia's last royal governor on this interactive visit. This tour focuses on the governor's family and their time at the Palace and is best suited for families with young children (grades pre-K through 6). Space is limited. A free-reservation ticket is required in addition to the Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. Two 25 minute tours available daily.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 24, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
September 11 - 25, 2017, 10:15am - 11:45am

Learn about the museum collection and enjoy making a craft too! New crafts will be presented every week. Crafts are based on objects found in the collection. Space is limited. 

$15 ticket required in addition to museum admissions.

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

9/11 – Ragdolls

Rip, tug and pull fabric to create "rags", then tie into a new doll friend. 

9/18 - Travel dollhouse

Monday, September 25, 2017 -
10:15am to 11:45am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Sep 25, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Every Monday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
September 25 - October 20, 2017, 4pm - 4:30pm

In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.  (30 minutes)

 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, September 25, 2017 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Friday, ends on Oct 20, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
September 11 - 25, 2017, 5pm - 5:45pm

Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour. (45 minutes) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, September 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 5:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Sep 25, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
September 7 - 28, 2017, 10:30am - 11:15am

During this guided tour, explore mourning customs and view examples of mourning jewelry, art, and textiles. How have mourning customs changed over time?  Did family members really keep locks of hair of the deceased in jewelry? 

Tour free with Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:15am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Sep 28, 2017
Secretary's Office
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
September 7 - November 2, 2017, 6pm - 7pm

For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the seat of Virginia government. But what happened after the capital moved to Richmond? For more than two centuries, Williamsburg was a sleepy, small town. Using images and personal stories, explore the booms, busts, and eventual restoration of this unique community.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Nov 02, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
March 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 24, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
September 29 - October 27, 2017, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Explore the exhibit "Printed Fashions" and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Friday, September 29, 2017 -
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 24, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Every Monday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
September 25 - October 20, 2017, 4pm - 4:30pm

In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.  (30 minutes)

 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Friday, September 29, 2017 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Friday, ends on Oct 20, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Jamestown Beach Event Park
September 30, 2017, 10am - 2pm

Do you know how long a great Atlantic Sturgeon can grow to be, what the original Jamestown Settlement looked like or how to calculate your water footprint?

Come find out and learn much, much more at this year's James RiverFest at Jamestown Beach Event Park in Williamsburg. Enjoy fun, hands-on educational activities for the whole family.

Free admission and free parking!

Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
York River State Park
May 13, 2017, 10am - 12pm
May 27, 2017, 10am - 12pm
June 10, 2017, 10am - 12pm
July 8, 2017, 10am - 12pm
July 22, 2017, 10am - 12pm
August 12, 2017, 10am - 12pm
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
September 9 - 30, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with us. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures! Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river; and don't worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and we'll teach you ways to protect them.  Reservations are recommended.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 12 - September 30, 2017, 10am - 12pm

During this seven-week course, we'll teach the fundamentals of building a wooden boat model. Guests will receive a high quality boat model kit and all the tools necessary to build their first ship model! Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: August 12, 19, and 26 and September 9, 16, 23, and 30. There will be no class on September 2 due to Labor Day weekend. Please plan to attend all 7 weeks if possible! Ages 12 and up.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
York River State Park
February 20, 2016, 10am - 12pm
February 11, 2017, 10am - 12pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 17, 2017, 10am - 12pm
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
April 7 - 21, 2017, 10am - 12pm
May 13, 2017, 4pm - 6pm
May 27, 2017, 4pm - 6pm
June 10, 2017, 4pm - 6pm
July 8, 2017, 4pm - 6pm
July 22, 2017, 4pm - 6pm
August 12, 2017, 4pm - 6pm
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
September 9 - 16, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
September 30, 2017, 1pm - 3pm

Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. The hike is less than two miles round trip and begins with a description of some of the fossils that are found at the beach.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 3 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 17, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
March 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 24, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
September 29 - October 27, 2017, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Explore the exhibit "Printed Fashions" and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Saturday, September 30, 2017 -
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 24, 2017
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
March 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 24, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
September 29 - October 27, 2017, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Explore the exhibit "Printed Fashions" and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Sunday, October 1, 2017 -
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 24, 2017
York Hall
October 1, 2017, 3pm - 4pm

Noted author/lecturer Ms. Feather Schwartz Foster will share a presentation.  Join us Oct 1st from 3 -4 pm at York Hall in Yorktown.  Ms. Schwartz Foster will present a talk titled Dolley Madison, Fashionista.  She will discuss Ms. Madison's status as one of our best known and best dressed First Ladies.  This presentation is open to the public free of charge and sponsored by the York County Historical Committee.  757.890.3503

Sunday, October 1, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday, October 02, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
March 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 24, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
September 29 - October 27, 2017, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Explore the exhibit "Printed Fashions" and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, October 2, 2017 -
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 24, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Every Monday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
September 25 - October 20, 2017, 4pm - 4:30pm

In a single day, a curator or conservator will wear many hats. Discover more about this fascinating profession as you walk and talk with a member of the staff that researches and cares for the objects in our museums.  (30 minutes)

 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, October 2, 2017 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Friday, ends on Oct 20, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
March 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 24, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
September 29 - October 27, 2017, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Explore the exhibit "Printed Fashions" and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 -
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 24, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Tuesday. Repeats Weekly.
October 3 - 31, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th, & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others. (45 minutes) 

Tour free with Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 -
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Tuesday, ends on Oct 31, 2017
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
March 9, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
April 3 - 24, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
September 29 - October 27, 2017, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Explore the exhibit "Printed Fashions" and learn about popular patterns and how they were made. Then design your own printed textile sample to take home.(1 hour).  Entertaining and educational.

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 24, 2017

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