James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library



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In response to the COVID 19 virus emergency, the University of Mary Washington Museums will close to the general public effective Friday, March 13 until further notice.  This closure includes all Museum-sponsored public programs.  Specific details are as follows:

James Monroe Museum

908 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA


The museum and garden are closed to the public.  All public programs, including History Trivia, Preserving Family Legacies, and International Family Day, are cancelled until further notice.  For more information, visit https://jamesmonroemuseum.org/.


University Museums will resume normal operations when conditions permit.



The James Monroe Museum

The James Monroe Museum is dedicated to the study, interpretation, and presentation of the life and times of the fifth President of the United States.

The James Monroe Museum
James Monroe

Monroe’s presidency capped a 50-year public service career that included combat in the Revolutionary War. Monroe exemplified leadership, courage, and dedication to representative government.

James Monroe
The Collection

Founded in 1927 by Monroe descendants, the Museum is a National Historic Landmark housing the largest single collection of artifacts and archives related to the fifth president.

The Collection
Public Programs

The Museum offers a variety of educational programs exploring the life and legacy of James Monroe, offering visitors the opportunity to look at the present through the lens of history.

Public Programs







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