The Museum

Historic Christ Church & Museum has been called a hidden gem. This extraordinary museum features artifacts, documents, displays, and exhibits that tell the story of Christ Church, its builder, and the Church of England in colonial Virginia within the context of early American settlement and the trans-Atlantic world. As a visitor,  begin your exploration of this fascinating history with an orientation film narrated by Roger Mudd.

Learn about the lives and accomplishments of the Carter family and view wine bottles and seals, sword pieces, ceramics, and other artifacts recovered from Robert "King" Carter's Corotoman mansion. Treasured objects on display include the original communion silver, a circa 1711 Thomas Tompion watch, parts of the original 1670 church, a 1707 land indenture, and Native American ceramics and tools found on the Christ Church site.

Interactive, touch-screen displays are an integral part of the museum experience. They explore such areas as the architecture and preservation of Christ Church, the Anglican Church, everyday life in Christ Church Parish, and the rise of religious dissent and liberty in colonial Virginia.

There's something for the whole family. Kids can become “undertakers," as builders were known in colonial Virginia. They will learn how to construct a brick wall, lay out arches and keystones, and assemble timbers into a roof truss. They also get a free Museum Activity Book filled with artifact hunts, crossword puzzles, word scrambles and other fun activities.