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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  • Dan D
    Concord, California226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and overall experience!
    It was a great experience. We purchased the American Historic Triangle tickets for multiple places, and it was the best bang for the buck. We stayed in the Williamsburg area and drove here with the plan of hitting this site and the Historic Jamestown site in one day. The inside exhibits were well-done, with plenty of walking space and cool air conditioning. The outside exhibits were also awesome as you will be able to board replicas of the three ships that the settlers used. There is also a Native American village on the property to show how the early American inhabitants lived. If you are staying in the Williamsburg area to visit Colonial Williamsburg, you should allow yourself an extra day to visit here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • John Ericson
    Smithfield, West Virginia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special Exhibit was first rate.
    Our staff came to see the "Reign and Rebellion" special exhibit. It is very well done and makes great connections with our modern experience. Thanks to the staff of Jamestown Settlement for gifting us with such a pleasant and enlightening experience. St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum Staff
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 5 August 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting historical place to visit
    We didn’t buy the combined ticket as we wanted to visit Jamestown first before committing to the other sites. Jamestown clearly explains how the town originated and we spent a considerable amount of time going through the museum before heading outside. Whilst the info in the museum was informative it did feel a little like they were including the Native Americans and African slaves in the narrative as an acknowledgment of their existence rather than a genuine belief that they contributed to the origins of America. We particularly enjoyed the outside effects- the Indian village, the fort and the ships and having watched the “Jamestown “ series that ran in the UK it was great to see that the producers of the series did actually marry it to historic fact.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • James M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Painful History in One Place
    The layout and information at this site were excellent. The staff were most helpful. A visitor could still imagine the hardships suffered in this place and the data displayed were sobering. A second museum some 3Km away offered a similar experience but a brief look at it convinced us that the original site was the better option. The ticket was linked to the Yorktown Battle museum some 20km away.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • MeryMeCo
    Galesburg, Illinois940 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite place in our 7 days tour of Richmond area history
    This place was by far our favorite place to visit. We are staying in Richmond and trying to do as much historical sites as we can in our 7-8 days. We visited wonderful battlefields, homes, etc. but this was the best. We bought the Historic Triangle ticket knowing we would visit all the sites. We learned so much for the costumed actors as we walked around the area. You just ask one question thinking you know about history and they tell you exactly how it was for the people living there. I knew they came over as a company sponsored group, but I didn't know exactly what that entailed for the people there. So very interesting. We learned about halberd. Heard the word before but didn't know what it was. The native American area was also so informative. A simple question by someone would give you so much information. The museum was fantastic too with a lot to see and the movies were good. I would definitely love to come back here and spend a little more time again. Everyone acting did a fantastic job.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Tony&Barb
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HISTORY! HISTORY! HISTORY!
    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!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Diane K
    Wallingford, Pennsylvania1,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend an afternoon
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 November 2023
  • minsterman66
    Chippenham, United Kingdom167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a museum
    I was in the area on business from UK, so needed somewhere to go on the day i am allowed for acclimatisation. I had seen this was close by so drove up. Really excellent value for all the well thought out displays in the Gallery in the main building. The staff who are dressed as the original colonials were very friendly and informative. They knew there history well. Displays of musket firing and the smithy were excellent. Just a completely enjoyable experience.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 March 2024
  • DD
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend James Town Settlement
    Jamestown settlement was very interesting. Tons of stuff in the museum. Some people in our party wanted to read every display, which realized that we were going to be there for multiple days if that continued. Ended up just reading all details on displays that we were curious on. After the museum we walked outside to see all the village displays and ships. It was fun to walk into the huts, and walk onto the ships. Not tons of walking but enough that when we found out we could borrow a motorized scooter, we jumped on that for 2 people in our party. That helped tremendously, and was available at no charge. They only have a small amount so first come first serve. The guy that helped with our tickets and scooter, at the side ticket office was one of the nicest people we have met on our whole trip. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. I didn’t catch his name, but to the young man working on April 6 in morning-afternoon thank you for your help and kindness.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2024
  • Phil K
    Atlanta, Georgia146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History for kids and grownups both
    Family of six, ages 6 to 70, spent a half day here on our own. This is a historic site done right, with good displays, signage clear, everything done with the visitor in mind. A well made film in the Visitor Center sets up what you are going to see. The paid guide/re-enactors were well informed and eager to share their knowledge of life in 1620. Highlight was climbing aboard replicas of 2 of the 3 boats that sailed here and wandering around. The day we were there was packed with kids on field trips but the park funneled and managed them very well. Highly recommended. Worth maybe 3 hours or so total.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 April 2024
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rcsobull
36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I visited the Jamestown settlement on February 1st 2020. The indoor museum was done very nicely with a lot of interaction and information available. The outside was by guide only. We had three guides. One at the Powhatan village, one at the ships, and one at the fort. The tours were very rushed! I ended up falling into a group with about 20 people. the guide would walk to the next exhibit and just start talking and not wait for the rest of the group to join. You are unable to go off by yourself and explore. I'm the kind of person that likes to take my time exploring every nook and cranny especially if I'm paying for it. For example, when we got to the fort we only walked through two buildings and one of them I had to listen from the outside of the building to what the guide had to say about it because the group was so large. They gave our group approximately 5 minutes to explore the large ship. In other words, walk through it but don't look or touch anything and hurry up. At the end of the tour I briefly spoke with the guide about my frustration and was told to return in about a month and I could have more time to do what I wanted. So if you're kind of a history buff do not visit in the winter months! Or to the Jamestown settlement, allow your paying guest to explore without a guide rushing you along.
Written 2 February 2020
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Corey M
Toms Brook, VA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I were thankful to have visited here. Typically, the outside is only viewable by a guided tour. Due to the amount of people, they allowed us to free flow and browse by ourselves.

The settlement/fort area was neat to see. There were some people dressed up sharing history inside some of the buildings. However, we image there would be many more demonstrations if the weather was warmer. The day we went was cold and windy, but was grateful for what we were able to see.

Being able to climb aboard the replica of one of the ships was probably our highlight. Seeing the tight quarters they would have to live in, really put things in perspective for us.

The museum was well laid out and very informative for museum and history lovers alike.
Written 21 January 2020
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CT71
Pittsburgh, PA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
The Jamestown Settlement was a great experience for our family and the best location at Colonial Williamsburg to balance Covid considerations with reason and common sense for visiting guests. The guidelines were self explanatory and didn’t feel so restrictive. Seating at the two movie theaters was spread out. Tour sizes were limited within the outdoor buildings, but crowds weren’t an issue. There were enough outdoor demonstrations with engaging and knowledgeable staff that people flowed easily through the site. The boat had a line to board, but you could see everything from the dock anytime. We were so thankful for the cafe that was open for lunch. The staff were friendly, the food was great for a cafeteria, and the prices were reasonable. I had homemade soup, my kids had good sized healthy kids meals, my husband got a made to order rueben. After visiting Colonial Williamsburg where there was hardly anything opened and no way to get lunch without going to the main part of town, it was a really nice alternative experience at Jamestown. The museum exhibits were interesting for all of us, including kids under 10. The two movies helped to set the tone and introduce us to the settlement. Definitely recommend visiting!
Written 6 April 2021
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Pittsburgher
Chattanooga, TN19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Only had two days in Williamsburg so did an unticketed after-hours stroll through Colonial Williamsburg on arrival yesterday, then spent several hours at Jamestowne Settlement today. For the very reasonable $18 admission per person, we spent a couple of hours wandering the replica tribal village, the boats and the fort, and then another two hours at the exhibits in the main building. While these are not the original buildings they were very well-presented and the interpreters did a great job of answering questions. The indoor films and exhibits were beautifully done. I’m not sure that it would be enjoyable for very young children but most of the adults and older kids we saw seemed to be having a good time.
Written 10 June 2022
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Steve R
Jackson, WY38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This educational museum about the founding of Jamestown is one of the best museums we have ever experienced in our travels around the country. Presents the Jamestown adventure from all perspectives: Natives, whites, and slaves. Be aware that the indoor exhibits will take a considerable amount of time if you try to take it all in. Then there is the outdoor re-creations of the fort, the Indian village, and the three ships to explore. Well worth the time and admission.
Written 22 October 2021
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Jillian21804
Salisbury, MD17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
This trip was the first weekend open after the virus. This museum and its outside re-enactments were so informative and taught the children and I a lot! We planned to be there for 2ish hours but ended up staying for 5 hours! The inside was just as interesting. I suggest going outside first so the kids can experience the time period then when you visit the inside museum they will see items they touched or heard about by the actors. It was great to see them connecting their learning! The movies and artifacts were great! My kids 6,6,&9 loved them!
Written 29 June 2020
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4adventures
483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We purchased the Single Day Combo ticket (includes): Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum. This allows a (1) Single day visit ticket to each museum. Meaning you get (1) visit to each museum location. There are many combination tickets you can get but this worked the best for our visit. These museums are GREAT and are WELL worth the price of admission. Allow enough time to see both. We thought 1-2 hours would be enough but it would not be. So allow yourself not to be rushed and enjoy the history. The museum and staff here do a wonderful job and are friendly. FYI, the National Park service operates the " Historic Jamestown" just around the corner which has the Glasshouse and other exhibits (separate and a fee). These are independent of this museum.
Written 28 April 2022
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crrd31
DC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Museum/exhibits are fantastic. It presents the perspectives of native tribes, English settlers, and the African slaves they brought/encountered, without any romantic notion of nationalism or destiny. Just a thoughtful recounting of how difficult settling in a new land is, and the challenges and failures they faced.

Great destination if the weather is questionable. Plenty to do inside (museum) or out (fort, ships, native village).
Written 3 May 2021
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Dianna M
South Amboy, NJ1,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Had the opportunity to visit Jamestown settlement in Williamsburg Virginia in early November 2019. From the moment you step into the museum there is so much to see and explore. From the start of our great nation in 1607 with arrival of settlers from England thru most of the 1600's is displayed in a amazing way. So much to take in the that you can spend several hours. History of Powhatan tribe and the story of Pocahontas and John Smith. Then onto the outdoor area of actors portraying Powhatan tribe with the huts they lived in. Amazing what they did to survive and live. Then onto the Jamestown fort with a chance to see a musket being Fired, lessons from the Blacksmith and learned how to farm and preserve food during the 1600's. Walk by the replicas of the ships that brought the English settlers to the New world. Great time learning so much. Definitely would recommend.
Written 7 January 2020
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Randy M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
At 2 pm we started a journey guided by Will who took us on a trip back through time when Jamestown was first settled by Europeans. He was a one man show that explained in detail in an English accent that was spot on what life was like back then. Excellent! The museum with 3 million artifacts was great too!
Written 27 December 2021
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