A museum owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
New Exhibit through March 2017:
Conduct in the Public Service: Artifacts of Politics and Government from the Collection of the James Monroe Museum. The exhibit features artifacts from James Monroe’s career as well as the fascinating collection of political cartoons and memorabilia amassed by the Museum’s founding director, Laurence Gouverneur Hoes.
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, holds the country’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States.
The museum was first opened in 1927 by Monroe descendants as a place to house their personal collections, which had been handed down through generations of the family. Eventually, the museum was turned over to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is now administered by the University of Mary Washington.
The museum belongs to the American Association of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Virginia Association of Museums. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
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