Visiting Archaeological Sites & Museums in Virginia

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Archaeology Sites in Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg

Reconstructed street and tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. © Humberto Moreno - Wikimedia The first reconstructions of Colonial Williamsburg were carried out in the 1920s, today this is one of the biggest living history projects in the US and is a major tourist attraction in the area. This 122 hectare historical area has many restored buildings from the 17th century and more recent reconstructions to allow visitors to experience the capital of colonial Virginia. Costumed employees work on three main streets to create an atmosphere and circumstances of 18th-century America. Visitors are free to wander the streets, but charges apply for entering historic buildings, such as the courthouse a well as various taverns and shops.[Website]


Historic Jamestowne

An aerial photograph over Historic Jamestown Island in Virginia. © Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation Historic Jamestowne was the first permanent English settlement in America. Open throughout the year, visitors can tour recent excavations of James Fort and principal buildings, and get to see some of the best of over two million excavated artefacts now on display in the Archaearium museum. A number of churches have stood on the site. The foundations of the third church, which was also housed the first representative assembly of English North America, can be seen beneath the floor of the twentieth century Memorial Church building. [Website]


Historic Yorktown & Battlefield

The Yorktown Battlefield, where American independence was won. Yorktown is a picturesque and historic waterside town, which played a pivotal role in winning the American Revolution War (also known as the American War of Independence) for the North American colonies against Great Britain. For it was here that General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in October 1781. On the edge of the town is the Yorktown Battlefield and Visitor Center, from where you can take tours of the battlefields, Washington’s Headquarters, the Yorktown Victory Monument, and the Moore House where surrender terms were negotiated. [Website]
 

Archaeology Museums in Virginia

Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk)

The Chrysler Museum of Art is a museum in the Ghent District of Norfolk. Over 30,000 objects represent some 5,000 years of World history. Contemporary and modern American and European arts make up the core of the Chrysler Museum of Art’s collection, but it also has artefects from the ancient world, Asia, Africa, and Pre-Columbian America (notably a large collection of Maya ceramics) that are well worth seeing. About a third of the museum’s collection is made up of glass objects, spanning 3,000 years – making this one of the largest collections of glass in the World. The museum is open everyday of the week except Mondays, and general admission is free of charge. [Website]


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on the Boulevard in Richmond © Jim - Wikimedia With over 33,000 art objects, the Virginia Museum of Fine arts prides itself in having something in its collection from every major culture in the World. A collection of 50 paintings owned by local judge John Barton Payne formed the founding collection of the Museum. Since then the museum has grown rapidly, with an increasingly diverse collection being housed in an ever growing institution. The collection has a large collection of African artefacts, ancient art including Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine, as well as ancient American and South Asian arts. The museum is open throughout the year and is free to visit. [Website]
 

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