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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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
April 2, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
April 9, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
April 16, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
April 23, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
May 7, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
May 21, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
June 4, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
June 18, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
June 25, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 2, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 9, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 16, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 23, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
August 13, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
September 17, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
September 24, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 1, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 8, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 22, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 29, 2019, 10am - 11:30am

Join Jamestown Rediscovery's Emeritus Directory of Archaeology and Research, Dr. Bill Kelso, for an exclusive visit to the James Fort site. Listen as Dr. Kelso shares 25 years of historic finds and monumental moments that have made Jamestown a world-class archaeology site. Dr. Kelso will be available at the end of the program to sign and personalize his latest book, "Jamestown, the Truth Revealed," which will be available for purchase. Additional ticket required.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
April 10, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
April 24, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
May 8, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
May 22, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
June 12, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
June 26, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
July 10, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
July 24, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
August 14, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
August 28, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
September 11, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
September 25, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
October 9, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
October 23, 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm

This behind-the-scenes tour provides an exciting opportunity to visit Jamestown Rediscovery's archaeological laboratory and collection facility. Learn how artifacts are cataloged, analyzed, researched, and stored. This 90-minute program will focus on the archaeological collection consisting of more than three million artifacts that have been recovered since 1994. Additional ticket required. Tickets coming soon to historicjamestowne.org.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Friday, October 25, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
April 12, 2019, 10am - 11am
April 26, 2019, 10am - 11am
May 10, 2019, 10am - 11am
May 24, 2019, 10am - 11am
June 14, 2019, 10am - 11am
June 28, 2019, 10am - 11am
July 12, 2019, 10am - 11am
July 26, 2019, 10am - 11am
August 9, 2019, 10am - 11am
August 23, 2019, 10am - 11am
September 13, 2019, 10am - 11am
September 27, 2019, 10am - 11am
October 11, 2019, 10am - 11am
October 25, 2019, 10am - 11am

Join Director of Archaeology David Givens as he presents forensic cases that the Jamestown Rediscovery team is investigating. From evidence of survival cannibalism and crippling disease to identifying James Fort's founding fathers, Dave will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the team solves colonial cold cases. Additional ticket required. Tickets coming soon to historicjamestowne.org. Tickets also available for purchase in person or by calling 757-856-1250.

Friday, October 25, 2019 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Jamestown Settlement
2110 Jamestown Road Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
October 25 - 26, 2019, 6:30pm - 9pm

A Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children and families returns October 25 and 26 to Jamestown Settlement with trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, and grisly games. The event runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night.

Friday, October 25, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Oct 26, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
October 26, 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Join historian Carson Hudson as he explores the often-misunderstood subject of witchcraft persecution in early Virginia. The witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 has tended to overshadow the historical record of witchcraft persecution in other colonies.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
October 5, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 12, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 26, 2019, 10am - 4pm

The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland's Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
October 4, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 5, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 11, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 12, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 18, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 19, 2019, 10am - 4pm
October 26, 2019, 10am - 4pm

Location: Inside James Fort, weather permitting

Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge.

Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne

Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News 23601
August 11, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
September 15, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
October 27, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
November 17, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
December 15, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
January 12, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
February 23, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
March 30, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
April 27, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
May 18, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
June 22, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
July 27, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
August 17, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
September 21, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
October 26, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
November 16, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm

Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! The trail also includes a Paleo camp, dig pits for amateur paleontologists, and displays of dinosaur fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
1:00pm to 1:15pm
Monday, October 28, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, October 28, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
April 2, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
April 9, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
April 16, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
April 23, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
May 7, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
May 21, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
June 4, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
June 18, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
June 25, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 2, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 9, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 16, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
July 23, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
August 13, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
September 17, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
September 24, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 1, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 8, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 22, 2019, 10am - 11:30am
October 29, 2019, 10am - 11:30am

Join Jamestown Rediscovery's Emeritus Directory of Archaeology and Research, Dr. Bill Kelso, for an exclusive visit to the James Fort site. Listen as Dr. Kelso shares 25 years of historic finds and monumental moments that have made Jamestown a world-class archaeology site. Dr. Kelso will be available at the end of the program to sign and personalize his latest book, "Jamestown, the Truth Revealed," which will be available for purchase. Additional ticket required.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
November 2, 2019, 10am - 4pm

Historic Jamestowne celebrates American Indian Month through a variety of specialized tours, programs, and interactive activities and encounters. 

Take a Native American Material Culture Tour, join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people to learn about the lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians, or explore "The World of Pocahontas" exhibit  which draws from thousands of archaeological artifacts found at James Fort. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Monday, November 04, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, November 4, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606
Every Second Sunday. Repeats Monthly.
July 14 - August 11, 2019, 5pm - 7pm
Every Second Sunday. Repeats Monthly.
September 8 - December 8, 2019, 9am - 11am

Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the second Sunday of the month, ends on Aug 11, 2019
Monday, November 11, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, November 11, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News 23601
August 11, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
September 15, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
October 27, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
November 17, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
December 15, 2018, 1pm - 1:15pm
January 12, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
February 23, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
March 30, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
April 27, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
May 18, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
June 22, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
July 27, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
August 17, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
September 21, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
October 26, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm
November 16, 2019, 1pm - 1:15pm

Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! The trail also includes a Paleo camp, dig pits for amateur paleontologists, and displays of dinosaur fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 -
1:00pm to 1:15pm
Monday, November 18, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, November 18, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Mariners’ Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
November 21, 2019, 7pm - 8pm

Larry Saint & Karla Smith are co-authors of Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses. The James River lighthouses first exhibited their lights in 1855 in response to increasing steamship traffic. The newly invented screwpile foundation supported a cottage-style residence & cupola to house the light. The lightkeepers, dedicated men & women, lived in often harsh conditions as they maintained their light.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday, November 25, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, November 25, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Monday, December 02, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, December 2, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Sunday, December 08, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606
Every Second Sunday. Repeats Monthly.
July 14 - August 11, 2019, 5pm - 7pm
Every Second Sunday. Repeats Monthly.
September 8 - December 8, 2019, 9am - 11am

Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the second Sunday of the month, ends on Aug 11, 2019
Monday, December 09, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, December 9, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, December 16, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, December 23, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019
Monday, December 30, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
June 24 - December 30, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am

Maritime Mondays are fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.

Monday, December 30, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Dec 30, 2019