James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

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

As the world’s largest repository of artifacts and archives related to the fifth President of the United States, the James Monroe Museum is pleased to welcome thousands of visitors each year. Until recently, these visitors were all, as best we could determine, human beings. On July 6, the Museum, along with the rest of the world, acquired a new category of visitor–Pokemon. In the spirit of our tradition of inclusiveness, we welcome these new arrivals (and the Trainers who seek to capture them), subject to the following rules of conduct:

1. The Museum charges an admission fee to all human visitors, except in the cases of active duty military personnel and their families, whom we gladly admit free of charge through Labor Day in accordance with our status as a Blue Star Museum. Pokemon visitors are also admitted free, as a gesture of inter-species good will.

2. All Pokemon and Trainers will refrain from touching artifacts. [Charmander’s perch on the Monroe Doctrine Desk was particularly troubling, as his flaming tail could have caused grievous damage to one of the signature pieces in our collection.]

3. Trainers are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings as they pursue their quarry, whether in the Museum or on the grounds. Once you have caught a Pokemon, consider looking up from your phone to discover the legacy of one of our nation’s most active and distinguished public servants, James Monroe. [For more information, we invite you to explore our Facebook page and website.]

4. Failure to follow these rules could have severe consequences, as Charmander’s expulsion today demonstrates.

Charmander Street Charmander Desk PG SHH

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