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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E.g., 06/26/2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
May 5 - 26, 2017, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Drop in to get a close look at "Printed Fashions." Then, peer into the textile study drawers to examine additional clothing and needlework from our collections. See a side of fashion others might miss.

Tour included in Musuem  Admisssion

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Friday, May 26, 2017 -
11:30am to 12:30pm
York River State Park
May 26, 2017, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
June 23, 2017, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
July 21, 2017, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
August 18, 2017, 7pm - 10pm
September 22, 2017, 7pm - 10pm

Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening with us looking at the night sky. For an added touch, we'll enjoy it from a canoe! Whether you're an expert on the stars and planets or a novice, you'll still enjoy this peaceful trip on the creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Reservations are required

Friday, May 26, 2017 -
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 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, May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
May 27, 2017, 10am - 11am
May 27, 2017, 2pm - 3pm
May 28, 2017, 10am - 11am
May 28, 2017, 2pm - 3pm
June 10, 2017, 10am - 11am
June 10, 2017, 2pm - 3pm

The yachts that race in the America's Cup are unlike anything ever seen before on the water. They use the world's most advanced aerodynamic and hydrodynamic technology to fly over the surface of the ocean at speeds up to 50 miles per hour! In this workshop, we'll explore how the boats go so fast, with demonstrations of hydrofoiling drones and catamaran hull designs. We'll finish by building and racing our own mini catamarans! There will be two workshops this day, one at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am
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 - 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, May 27, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Repeats every 3 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Apr 17, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
May 27, 2017, 10am - 11am
May 27, 2017, 2pm - 3pm
May 28, 2017, 10am - 11am
May 28, 2017, 2pm - 3pm
June 10, 2017, 10am - 11am
June 10, 2017, 2pm - 3pm

The yachts that race in the America's Cup are unlike anything ever seen before on the water. They use the world's most advanced aerodynamic and hydrodynamic technology to fly over the surface of the ocean at speeds up to 50 miles per hour! In this workshop, we'll explore how the boats go so fast, with demonstrations of hydrofoiling drones and catamaran hull designs. We'll finish by building and racing our own mini catamarans! There will be two workshops this day, one at 10 a.m.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am
York River State Park
May 7, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 11, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 25 - July 23, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 6 - 27, 2017, 1pm - 3pm

Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.  We also provide waders upon request.  This is a free program.  Please call for reservations.  This program will NOT be held on May 18th & June 19th (Mother's

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, ends on Jun 11, 2017
York River State Park
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 7, 2017, 4pm - 5pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 11, 2017, 4pm - 5pm
June 25 - July 23, 2017, 4pm - 5pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 6 - 27, 2017, 4pm - 5pm

Which came first, the gray fox or the red? Does a crab keep its shell forever? Can box turtles swim? For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with our on site naturalist! NOTE: This program is cancelled on May 8th and June 19th.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, ends on May 07, 2017
York River State Park
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 7, 2017, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 11, 2017, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 25 - July 23, 2017, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 6 - 27, 2017, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

As the colors of sunset fall on the marsh, a variety of sounds can be heard from birds and other creatures.  Enjoy the beauty of this special time on the water with a guided paddling trip. Please call for reservations.  This program will NOT be held on May 8th and June 19th for our special Mothers & Fathers Day events

Sunday, May 28, 2017 -
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, ends on May 07, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Monday, May 29, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
May 1 - 29, 2017, 10:30am - 11:15am

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 included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, May 29, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:15am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on May 29, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Tuesday. Repeats Weekly.
May 2 - 30, 2017, 10:30am - 11:15am

Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display. Discover who made the object, and why--and how it wound up in our collection. Why do some of our artifacts have such unique stories?(45 minutes) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:15am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Tuesday, ends on May 30, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Thursday, June 1, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
June 1 - 29, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:15pm

Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour. How were printed fashions made in the 18th century? Discover some of the latest fashions for home back then.(45 minutes) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Thursday, June 1, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:15pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Jun 29, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Friday, June 2, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
Saturday, June 03, 2017
On the Hill Gallery
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 3 - July 3, 2017

On the Hill Gallery members will host a "Blue" theme art show.  The gallery will be filled with art media with variations of blues created by members.  More details at 757.369.1108 or www.onthehillgallery.com.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Repeats every 2 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Jul 03, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
Repeats Daily.
May 27 - June 9, 2017, 9am - 5pm

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is bringing the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Water|Ways, to make a splash at the Virginia Living Museum May 27 through July 9. The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal?

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jun 09, 2017
York River State Park
Every First Saturday. Repeats Monthly.
June 4, 2016 - September 2, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
October 7, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Take a ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation. Our staff archaeologist has made discoveries of forts, slave quarters, workshops, and relics of the colonial past. Cost: $3/person, $8/family of 4, $25/group of 10. Please call for reservations

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the first Saturday of the month, ends on Sep 02, 2017

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