James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

A museum owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Please note: The James Monroe Museum will be closed on Monday, March 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The James Monroe Inauguration Bicentennial Commemoration, on Saturday, March 4 was a resounding success! If you were unable to join us, you can watch an unedited version of the event here. Please note: the program begins at about 14 minutes into the recording. A photo album of the event is available on Facebook.


Our new exhibit The Era of Good Fashions: Clothing and Accessories of the Monroe Family opens on April 7, 2017. Our curator Jarod Kearney will share some artifacts rarely seen by the public, specifically those related to the exhibit, during a Curator’s Talk on the evening of April 7. Details can be found here.


On 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.

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Don’t miss any of our exciting events in 2017! A pdf of our Public Programs schedule for February-June 2017 is available here or check our Calendar of Events.

If you weren’t able to join us for our Presidents’ Day Presidential Press Conference on February 20, 2017 you can watch it here.

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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908 Charles Street | Fredericksburg, VA 22401 | 540/654-1043