China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial American. Chinese export porcelain played an important role in the lives of 18th-century colonists. It was the most desirable of the ceramic bodies, and possessing it indicated wealth and status. This exhibit illustrates the wide variety of Chinese porcelain that was available in colonial America with a particular focus on pieces with histories in Virginia.
A Handsome Cupboard of Plate: Early American Silver in the Cahn Collection The Cahn collection of early American silver celebrates both American history and craftsmanship. The loan exhibition of 40 pieces includes significant works by such masters as Jeremiah Drummer and Paul Revere Jr. of Boston and Joseph Richardson Sr. of Philadelphia. Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. May 3, 2014, through May 25, 2015
Richard Newsham’s Fire Engine explores fire and fire fighting in the 18th century with the display of an original fire engine built in the mid-18th century. Williamsburg, described as "our Wooden city" in 1721, remained relatively safe until 1747 when the Capitol burned. The new Capitol was threatened in 1754. Wisely, the colony decided to invest in a proper fire engine.