Jamestown Settlement explores the world of America’s first permanent English colony. Expansive exhibition galleries and an introductory film trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony, and describe the cultures of Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 17th-century Virginia. Historical interpreters depict 1600s life in outdoor re-creations of the colonists’ fort, three 1607 ships, a Powhatan Indian village and in a seasonal riverfront discovery area. Visitors are invited to grind corn, scrape out a canoe, play period games, and try on armor.
Groups can enjoy self-guided visits, guided tours and classroom programs, such as “Cultures at Jamestown” or “Voyage to Virginia.”
In addition to daytime visits, the museum features dramatic spaces for after-hours private events. The venue is perfect for receptions, special occasions, off-site conference events, weddings and holiday parties. Whether it’s an evening reception in the rotunda-surrounded by old-English-style wood paneling, copper light fixtures and an oriental design carpet, dinner in the re-created 1610-14 fort, cocktails on the ships’ pier overlooking the James River, or an event for up to 4,000 guests using the entire museum, Jamestown Settlement offers a unique setting for a memorable and successful event.
Museum Stores. Jamestown Settlement Café. Special programs offered annually. Ample free parking for motorcoaches and cars. All museum areas, except the ships, are wheelchair accessible.
Administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Association of Museums.