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YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER             757-253-4838
888-593-4682(Toll free)                       TTY 757-253-5110
Fax:  757-253-5299                             www.historyisfun.org
P. O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Route 1020 & Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, I-64 Exit 247.   


GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, chronicles America’s struggle for independence, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation.

Exhibits provide accounts of the Revolution and describe the convergence of forces on Yorktown in 1781. The Declaration of Independence Gallery features a rare early broadside printing of the Declaration dating to July 1776, before a handwritten copy on parchment was signed by members of Congress.

Outdoors, historical intepreters engage visitors in everyday life of the Revolution in re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm including demonstrations of cooking, medicine and military techniques.  

PARKING:  5 wheelchair accessible parking places with 96 inch wide accessible aisles.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Paved path leading to the main building.  Flooring in the exhibition galleries is dense carpet (indoor-outdoor) with gradual slopes for persons using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.  Theater on second floor has well marked accessible entrance with space for wheelchairs.  Camp and farm are linked to gallery building with ramps and hard surface paths.  Packed dirt surface within each area.

ENTRANCE: Glass entry doors to museum gallery building, 36 in. wide, open out with metal hook handle located 37 in. above floor.  

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Gallery area and entrance.  Doors are 33 in. wide, open out.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 32 in. wide doors opening out and handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height, and 12 to 14 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height is 31 in.  Pipes are wrapped.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.  Rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women.

SPECIAL SERVICES:

For guests with hearing disabilities, there are signing interpreters available with two weeks advance notice. The TTY phone number is 757-253-5110. Open-captioned versions of films are shown daily, and assistive listening systems are available on request.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are hands-on exhibits, demonstrations on colonial life, military demonstrations, and an audio component in “Witnesses to Revolution” gallery.  A guide will provide explanation with two weeks advance notice (call 888-868-7593 toll-free).

Link to Yorktown Chronicles videos, 8 episodes of Generals George Washington and Charles Cornwallis sharing vivid accounts of the war’s beginnings, their armies, fierce battles, global involvement and how it all ends.

For guests with mobility disabilities, there is space for wheelchairs in the museum theater.  Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are lowered drinking fountains.

Accessible Outdoor Demonstrations At the re-created Continental Army encampment, musket-firing; visitor-participatory artillery drills spring through fall; interpretation of medical care and camp cooking. At the Revolution-era farm, interpretation of food preparation, processing plant fibers for fabric, cloth dying, and cultivation of vegetables, herbs and field crops.

GIFT SHOP: Personalized customer assistance offered for anyone in need.  Aisles are wide enough to accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs.  Counters are 36 inches high. Wheelchair accessible registers available. Period replicas, educational toys and games, gift and food items, book, and souvenirs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Credit cards:  V and MC.  Hours: 9-5  daily, 9-6 June 15-Aug. 15.  Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission fee.  Combination ticket available with Jamestown Settlement.

The Yorktown Victory Center offers a snack and beverage vending area with patio seating and picnic tables.

Note: The Yorktown Victory Center continues in daily operation as a museum of the American Revolution throughout construction of its replacement.

 

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