Welcome to Colonial Williamsburg Online Collections

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's vast collections comprise more than 70,000 examples of fine, decorative, mechanical and folk art. Included are exceptional examples of American and British ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, costumes, tools, firearms, numismatics, metals, toys, prints, maps, paintings, drawings and architectural fragments from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century American folk art. Many of these objects are shown in innovative changing exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg: the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Others are used to furnish more than 200 rooms in Williamsburg's historic buildings, where they provide guests with a better understanding of life in early Virginia. Explore our Online Collections to learn more about these objects.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's collections comprise more than 70,000 examples of fine, decorative, mechanical and folk art from the 17th century and beyond. Many can be seen in innovative changing exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg: the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Others are used to furnish more than 200 rooms in Williamsburg's historic buildings. Explore our Online Collections to learn more about these objects.


Use this database to explore a cross section of the collections. Several thousand objects are presented here and more items are added on a regular basis. Find histories, images, descriptions, and more.

Browse by category, or make a targeted search:

  • Use "Quick search" to locate an item by accession number or type.
  • Use "Advanced object search" to use multiple search criteria.