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 seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-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.


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.