Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Settlement
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • cooker72
    Victoria, Texas974 contributions
    A Part of The Colonial Parkway!
    This was a very nice visitor center with nice artifacts! No movie was available…. Even though we had a NP pass, an additional fee was required! It was raining, so we did not walk the grounds….not much to the driving tour.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Doughboysigep
    Delhi, New York192 contributions
    Way more than I remember!
    Although it was there, I do not remember the inside displays at Jamestown Settlement! There was a lot to see here. The inside stuff was very interesting. The living museum was great too - Indian village, ships, and fort. Very cool place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Kathleen
    Joplin, Missouri568 contributions
    Great Time!
    We were fortunate to visit during the Military through the Ages event. The number of reenactors present was outstanding. From ancient Greece to Grenada there were units from every era. We especially enjoyed the Civil War band playing. In addition, getting to board replicas of the ships that came to Jamestown was fun. I know the special event made our visit all the more entertaining.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 14, 2023
  • patriotsgirl58313
    Virginia65 contributions
    Early American History at its best
    It had been so many years since I last visited Jamestown Settlement. It is such a beautiful museum inside and out. I HIGHLY recommend seeing the movie '1607: A Nation Takes Root' before visiting the museum itself. The mivie will give you a quick history lesson and help you with your visit at Jamestown. The ships are replicas but they are still incredible. The fort and the Indian village were educational too but my favorite was the indoor timeline exhibits. They were so beautiful they took my breath away.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Jill M
    21 contributions
    Visit the Settlement and the ships!
    We visited in the rain and were still able to see the settlement and the ships. The museum is well laid out and easy to traverse from one time period to the next. The movies were informative and very well produced. This museum had a lot of interactive stations that kept you from just strolling past reading. The outside re-creations of dwellings and the settlement were very well done and made you feel like you were actually a part of that time period.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Sara M
    13 contributions
    For the History Lover, this is the museum you don't want to miss!
    WOW! I visited in 2012 and there's been a lot of changes added to the museum portion. That was one of the best museums I've ever visited. It was very well informed, great use of artifacts and recreations, and the layout was easy to navigate and eye popping. We didn't watch the film since I show it to my students each year, but I can confirm 1607: A Nation Takes Root is a fantastic short film. My child and I enjoyed the Native American village, the reenactors who were explaining some of the activities they were doing, the fort itself with those reenactors, and of course the two boats. We spent the morning there which felt like enough time to see what we wanted to see!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Tamara C
    11 contributions
    History Revealed
    As a history buff, I worried this would be too "Disneyland-ish." NOT AT ALL! The historical interpreters were very knowledgeable about this lengthy and complex history and the excavations done since 1994. Site is very well done and impressive. Could have stayed several more hours to see everything and walk the grounds more. Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Dan J
    6 contributions
    Enjoyable history for the kids
    The settlement is very well laid out and provides the perfect amount of reading, live action, and hands-on experience for children (and kids at heart). The Intro movie is optional; I wouldn't wait more than 10 min for a showing. Expect 2-3 hours to tour the various cultural sites, the ships, and the indoor walking tour. *Don't forget to stop by the Glass-blowing shop...probably one of the top sites.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Brian S
    Sumter, South Carolina71 contributions
    you'll need more than 1 visit to experience everything.
    First time visiting Williamsburg and since we live History visiting the Jamestown Settlement was an easy decision. We arrived about 11am and completed everything at about 5pm. We started with the outdoor attractions first because of the heat and weather. Kids liked the Indian Village and the Role players were very knowledgeable and helpful. Next we went to the Colonial Ships at the River which were the highlight. Lived that we can go on board and walk around. Having role players in costume was Awesome. After that we went through the Colonial Village Fort and walked through all the Houses, Governors House, Farm, and Even watched one actor fire a replica musket. After a short time we went inside the actual museum and walked around inside finishing our day. They had some really cool exhibits including a movie about beacons rebellion that was really done expertly. My Wife and daughter really loved the interactive exhibits that brought the female colonists to life and gave them a voice and made it more personal and revealing. This was one of the best museums we have been to and really had a great time. Even one of our Kids who doesn't normally do history got involved and said she really enjoyed this museum. Great exhibits and a great staff that was always friendly and very Knowledgeable. This Attraction has so much to offer that i would recommend this as a stand alone Day visit. You'll really be here all day and still not get everything done. They have really nice Cafe for lunch and a cash only Ice Cream and drink area between the Indian Village and the ships so make sure you have cash. Inside the Cafe takes Credit cards. The gift shop was huge and full of everything Colonial and Virginia. This was an awesome experience my whole family really enjoyed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Michael W
    Warwick, Rhode Island32 contributions
    Jamestown Settlement museum is outstanding.
    The museum is excellent with lots of great information from different perspectives. Includes some great videos. I'd score the museum and facilities a 10. The outdoor James Fort and other features are okay but there's not much you can do with a replica of huts or other 17th century structures. Those I would give a 6. They do have some costumed staff adding some support.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
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Kristie G
Livingston, TN56 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
If in this area this is a must see! So much history in one place. We all enjoyed walking along the pathway to see each exhibit. Our favorite was the Fort area.
Written February 20, 2024
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Adam A
5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We were there on an excruciatingly hot and humid day. The settlement closed early because of it, but that didn't matter. This was the best part of our Jamestown-Yorktown-Williamsburg trip. The men on the ships were real educators who know how to talk to people of all ages. They engaged children and adults and answered all kinds of questions. We spoke with three men on ships and one guy sewing armament. They all knew their stuff, had lots of patience with many questions coming at them from old and young, and were able to keep the attention of the various youngsters visiting with their families.

The indoor museum was ok -- nicely air conditioned. Most of the visitors were inside because it was so hot, so we couldn't really see or enjoy the exhibits very well. It didn't matter though -- the outside experience was that good.
Written February 13, 2024
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May F
Loveland, CO1,757 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
A lovely museum to see and learn about the beginning of the settlement of the British to USA at 1606. See remade models of ships, musket demolitions and fort building. Educational place to be in this area
Written January 16, 2024
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212Moree
Seffner, FL151 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a must see. My husband and I visited during a trip to the Historic Triangle. This is very well done. The recreations of the Indian village and Jamestown Fort are very well done. You can go inside the dwellings. The Indian village has several in-character attendants who are very knowledgeable about the time period and the way of life for the inhabitants. They answer questions, tell stories, and explain the implements displayed. A simple comment or question is all they needed to get them started and they were very willing to talk about all the aspects of life at the time. We found the same to be true in the fort. A baker was making meat pies in the kitchen, a soldier in the armament building explained all the weapons and how they worked and what was needed to care for them. There is a storehouse and the governors quarters as well. The highlight of the settlement is the replicas of the three ships that delivered the settlers all the way from Great Britain. Aboard the ships you can clearly see what a harrowing trip it must of been. In-charector attendants explained who was on board and how they lived in such tight quarters. We enjoyed the entire experience.
Written December 31, 2023
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Christina L
Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States427 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
What’s not to love about HISTORY…
My kids loved the ships, the farm, musket demonstration.
I love how they have taken care of the area.
Written December 29, 2023
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nelson touch
4 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Visiting gives a comprehensive and candid understanding of the story of the first permanent English settlement in North America. It's organized in 3 parts -- fullsize reproductions of the ships that brought the colonists to Virginia,, a series of replicas of English buildings and Powhatan dwellings, and a museum of the history of Jamestown from precolonial days to the 20th century. The guides st the ships and buildings are very well-informed and happy to talk to visitors young and old, expert or just discovering the history for the first time. They described how the ships were built and sailed, and they demonstr!ed skills of both and English l(tanning,, iron work, and firearms) and Powhatan (sewing, building igloo-like houses of saplings and marsh grass stems). A special feature of the museum is its honest and thorough presentation of the grim story of slavery in Jamestown.
The grounds are well laid out and easily walkable, but for those who need it, there are free "golf carts" to help get around.
The Cafe has a varied menu at very reasonable prices.
It's very kid-friendly.
Written December 3, 2023
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Diane K
Wallingford, PA927 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We were in the area for thanksgiving and some sight seeing and this was a nice surprise. The living history portion was well done and very informative. The historical figures were friendly and did a great job! We enjoy the visual and the little talks. The museum was also very well done! I definitely would recommend this for a trip to the area. We learned a lot. Great for families as there was a lot of space to move around. The ships were fun to see as well.
Written November 25, 2023
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Tony&Barb
Saint Augustine, FL84 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Wow!!! The museum is of course stunning, the recreation of the fort is very interesting, and the ships at dockside are neat. However, the actual settlement area is LOADED with history and is simply mesmerizing!! To be standing "IN" the areas where others did in the year 1609 really takes a while to digest! Seeing the active archeological sites that are STILL revealing previously unknown graves, and then seeing the skeletal remains of those previously found along with their stories completely captivates and sparks the imagination. Much tragedy and success is documented there which makes the visit worth every second!
Written November 17, 2023
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Southern Belle
Weston, FL106 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This was interesting to see the museum snd demonstrations. It’s not the real settlement but a reenactment. The museum is very interesting and the film .
Written October 30, 2023
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Nina M
Bethlehem, PA18 contributions
Oct 2023
The movie was extremely interesting. Do not miss it. It was interesting to climb aboard the ships. The museum was also very interesting. It is not a large place but well worth going.
Written October 15, 2023
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