Lots to See in Williamsburg
There are a myriad of ways to explore history and science in Williamsburg. The area’s museums and attractions are so fun and engaging that you and your family might even forget how much you’re learning! You can see what life was like in Williamsburg’s early days as an English colony, meet the fascinating animal inhabitants of Virginia, and see exhibits filled with strange and marvelous art and specimens from around the world.
Yorktown Victory Center
The Siege of Yorktown essentially ended the Revolutionary War. It was at Yorktown that General Cornwallis surrendered, after which the United States gained recognition and set up its new, democratic government. Today Yorktown’s important revolutionary history is preserved at the Yorktown Victory Center, a living museum that chronicles the history of colonial Virginians. Reenactors describe the lives of the settlers and demonstrate traditional farming and crafting techniques, and short films and exhibits enhance the living historians’ presentations.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Get a look at a more eclectic collection of historical items at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. The museum carries on the legacy of Robert Ripley, who gained fame traveling the world and drawing attention to the things he found to be odd or mysterious, both from exotic destinations abroad and from small towns across America. You’ll see artifacts from a variety of cultures around the world, strange art, stories of the unexplained, and even shrunken heads!
Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum is a cutting edge learning center that spotlights the marvels of the natural world. Bobcats, foxes, otters, red wolves, and a huge variety of birds, reptiles, and fish inhabit the Virginia Living Museum’s exhibits, along with hundreds of native plants. Interact with the denizens of the touch tank, take a look at Virginia’s prehistoric past, and gaze at the night sky at the Abbit Observatory.
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