Governor's Palace

History Museum and Historic Site
Historic Williamsburg, Williamsburg
  • Ranked #2 for history museums in Williamsburg
  • todd a w.
    "Love all the guns and swords in the entranceway."(3 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "... Marquis de Lafayette, Patrick Henry, and General George Washington behind the..."(2 Tips)
    Smithsonian Channel
    "original manor was built using Thomas Jefferson’s"(2 Tips)
    David D.
    "formal gardens and have fun exploring the maze."(8 Tips)
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  • Cory H.
    Cory HefnerJuly 6, 2015
    We went were here for the historical show, following James Madison and Patrick Henry. Around colonial Williamsburg for the 4th of July 2015. The actors did a great job.must for patriotic families
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FaganDecember 15, 2015
    A paid pass is required to get in here, but it's totally worth it. The garden is one of my favorite places ever, and is especially beautiful in the spring when all the tulips are blooming.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeJuly 10, 2013
    The shear number of swords and guns on display is staggering. I loved how the tour guide role played and made the visit more entertaining.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PhillipsOctober 11, 2014
    Check your copy of "This Week" from the Visitors Center to see if the "Storming the Palace" show is happening -- great first thing to do in town: townspeople protest the governor.
  • Red B.
    Red BSeptember 5, 2015
    Really cool! Check out the room with all the swords on the walls!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SApril 20, 2012
    Meet some of our founding fathers such as, Marquis de Lafayette, Patrick Henry, and General George Washington behind the gardens on the green!
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    Funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr., this 20th century recreation of the original manor was built using Thomas Jefferson’s hand-drawn 1779 floor plan. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • william v.
    william verondaDecember 24, 2016
    A must see. Be sure to visit the gardens and maze.
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsJune 1, 2015
    Love all the guns and swords in the entranceway.
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RiggsApril 28, 2014
    The gardens and maze were incredible.
  • Monica P.
    Monica PotaczalaOctober 30, 2010
    make sure you walk down to the canal and visit the gardens behind the kitchen
  • Cayleigh H.
    Cayleigh HallJuly 9, 2011
    Don't forget about the firework display! Every Friday at 9:00 pm. :)
  • Sheri Fresonke H.
    Sheri Fresonke HarperAugust 5, 2014
    Great tour, love the gatdens
  • Amy F.
    Amy FinegoldJune 3, 2016
    It was fun to go back in time.
  • Kaitlynn J.
    Kaitlynn JonesNovember 11, 2015
    Beautiful. Thomas Jefferson lived there!
  • Dan F.
    Dan FriesnerNovember 18, 2015
    Nice tour and gardens
  • Jen I.
    Jen ImbimboDecember 2, 2015
    The tour is awesome...
  • Selena F.
    Selena FoxOctober 24, 2011
    Be sure to explore the gardens!
  • David D.
    David DMay 4, 2010
    Walk to the back of the formal gardens and have fun exploring the maze.
  • Dedon B.
    Dedon BoothSeptember 23
    Very interesting
  • Kayla V.
    Kayla VanderHillJuly 5, 2013
    Really pretty.
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