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DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum also known as the DeWitt Wallace Gallery is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is one of Colonial Williamsburg's attractions. It is named for DeWitt Wallace (1889–1981), who was co founder of Reader's Digest magazine with his wife Lila (1889–1984). After enjoying the restored colonial capital for over 50 years as visitors, the Wallaces became major benefactors of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation late in their lives.

Collection and facilities

The museum features an extensive collection of American and British antiques. Included are furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms, and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.[1] The collections join other Williamsburg offerings of art and antiques displayed at dozens of historic buildings, as well as the [2]

At the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Hennage Auditorium is utilized to offer lectures and musical performances. The museum is located adjacent to the [2] The work of the Public Hospital continues at the Commonwealth of Virginia's Eastern State Hospital, now located nearby in James City County just outside Williamsburg.

DeWitt and Lila Wallace

In 1922, the Wallaces published the first issue of their Reader's Digest, largely a carefully selected compilation of magazine articles of many types. The concept was well received and soon became one of the most widely circulated periodicals in the world.[3]

For relaxation, the Wallaces had been regular visitors to Colonial Williamsburg for over 50 years when they became involved as major financial supporters late in their lives as part of their [2]


  1. ^ DeWitt Wallace Gallery - Williamsburg , VA |
  2. ^ a b c The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
  4. ^ Educational Leadership | Arts & Culture Participation | The Wallace Foundation

External links

  • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Colonial Williamsburg
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