Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates two world‐class museums whose collections enhance and enrich the guest experience beyond the living history of the Historic Area. The award‐winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum houses the Foundation's renowned collection of British and American decorative arts dating from 1600 through 1830. The award‐winning Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum — the oldest institution in the United States dedicated solely to the collection and preservation of American folk art — reopened in February 2007 in new quarters adjacent to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Exhibits feature paintings, whirligigs, weather vanes, carvings, toys, embroideries, and other folk works representing many diverse cultural traditions and geographic regions.
Over a ten‐year period 1717 has designed an extensive series of posters for the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to promote the museums and their current exhibits.
1717 has enjoyed a long relationship with the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Starting in 1992, 1717 designed the previous reinstallation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center collection during the $8 million, 10,500 SF expansion of the original 1957 museum building. From that time through 2008, 1717 has also designed a number of projects for the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum including their reception desk, interior signage, permanent introductory gallery, and a temporary exhibit on colonial coins and currency.