Part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Folk Art Museum offers long-term and temporary exhibitions of American folk art from its permanent holdings and museum loan shows. Once-common objects such as furniture, clothing, ceramics, metals, maps and firearms become interpretive tools for understanding the people, events and ideas of the past.
The Museum focuses on colonial and contemporary artists and craftspeople who work outside the mainstream of academic art to record aspects of everyday life, making novel and effective use of the materials at hand. Bold colors, simplified shapes, and the imaginative surface patterns that are the hallmarks of folk art can be seen in the variety of paintings, carvings, toys, needlework on display.
19th-century wooden toys from dolls and soldiers to arks and animals
Collection of American folk portraits reveal much about ordinary people
Array of folk art showcasing highlights from the collection
Pictorial Navajo weavings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries
20 rugs feature techniques that originated in 19th-century Maine and became a national activity