The 15 galleries of the Dewitt Wallace exhibit the world’s largest collection of
Virginia furniture, as well as the largest collection of English pottery
outside of England. Most of the pieces have exceptional provenance, tracing
ownership to prominent families such as the Revere’s of Boston, and the Byrd
and Custis clans of Virginia. Other permanent exhibits include muzzle – loading
firearms; coins and currency used in colonial America; and selections from the
museum’s enormous collection of 18th century British silver. Among the many
treasures are the famed Tompion’s Clock made for King William III and Charles
Willson Peale’s portrait of George Washington as commander and chief.
Visitors enter the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum through the Public Hospital of
1773 whose several exhibits show the conditions endured by early inmates. Take the elevator down to the underground concourse and to the museum.